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Durham Flower Festival 2016 & 2017 Announcement

Due to the £12m refurbishment of the Houghall Campus site the Durham Flower Festival will not be taking place in August 2016. The show will return in 2017 and we are currently considering dates. The website will be updated as soon as we have further information regarding 2017.

The event will be held at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, located on the outskirts of Durham, on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August 2015 - between 10.30am and 5pm each day.

Entry costs are only £5 per person, children aged 16 and under are free and tickets are available at the gate.


  • Wander by the fantastic horticultural trade and society exhibits
  • Enter one of the competition categories*
  • Browse the specialist plants and sundries trade stands
  • Call by the variety of craft and organisation stands for information on local clubs, activities and attractions
  • Have a sit down and listen to one of the interesting demonstrations which take place throughout the day +
  • Visit the plant clinic with your gardening questions, which will be manned by our panel of horticultural experts throughout the weekend
  • Refreshments available
  • Free onsite parking

Confirmed exhibits within the Horticultural Marquee;

  • Garden Blooms
  • Halls of Heddon - 'Dahlias in the Garden'
  • Halls of Heddon - 'Firework Display of Dahlias'
  • North East of England Orchid Society
  • North of England Bonsai
  • Pretty Ugly Plants
  • The Cottage Garden Society
  • The Daffodil Society Northern Group
  • The Great North Carnation Society
  • The Plant Lovers
  • Quiet Corner Plants
  • Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries
  • Butterwick Trees

 Information Stands;

  • Agricultural Polymers International Ltd - the Event Sponsor who will available all weekend with information and demonstrations
  • County Durham & Darlington NHS Trust - Check4ife bus (saturday only)
  • Durham Wildlife Trust
  • Visit County Durham
  • The RSPB
  • Durham Constabulary - Farmwatch (Sunday only)
  • Coniscliffe Carving Club
  • Durham Rug Makers
  • Durham County Federation of Women's Institutes
  • The Quilters' Guild
  • The North East Coppice Group - information and demonstrations throughout the weekend from Greenwood Training, Green Man Enterprises, Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers & Northern Bushcraft 





*Our competition is open to everyone, there are even specific children’s classes to enter too.

The competition schedule includes the following categories:

  • Flowers
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Craft
  • Art

Simply bring your entries to the College on Friday 28th August between 12 noon and 10pm. Further details are in the competition schedule.

+A timetable of demonstrations will be published nearer the date.

Download Competiton Schedule

List of Stall Holders;
Windlestone Nursery - Variety of different shrubs, perennials and bedding
Sterling Crafts - Handmade jewellery including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, hat pins & tiaras
Handknitted Pottery - Handmade pottery from rural County Durham, including board/bowl sets, noodle bowls with chopsticks, cups, mugs & teapots
Butterwick Trees - Plants including annuals, shrubs, fruit trees, native trees & shrubs, timber products including seats, planters, bird boxes and firewood
Simply Softub - Sale of luxury and eco-friendly hot tubs and their accessories
Phoenix Trading - Phoenix greetings cards, wrapping paper, stationery & much more
Leamside Nursery - A variety of plants & shrubs
Wavesonline - Jewellery, tea towels, tealight holders and clutch bags
Unique Slate Art - Unique flat slate vases, slate tableware products and giftware
Orange Grove Crafts - Animal sculptures, homeware gifts, new candles & room sprays from USA
Dollys - Hand painted wine glasses & glassware, large selection of gifts
Busy Lizzies Handycrafts - Handmade cards & jewellery
The Wood Art Emporium and Natures Glass - Wooden ornaments, novelty clocks, hand turned wooden pens & crafts. Crystal suncatchers & jewellery, sea glass jewellery & small knitwear items
Husse County Durham - Dog treats, hygiene products, cat litter & accessories, horse supplements & free samples of dog & cat dry food
Shelley Louise Design - Home scented range including scented hearts, room mist & hand poured candles. New range of room diffusers. Brand new body essence range including bath oil, body wash, body mist & body butter, all vegan, organic & cruelty free. Selection of handmade jewellery
Tearoom @Wabi Sabi - Tea & tea paraphernalia. Loose leaf tea (organic & ethically sourced), new & vintage tea paraphernalia
Jenny Bell Ceramics - Hand painted ceramics including jugs and vases painted with flowers and nature with a selection of printed gifts
Craft, Coffee n Cake - Textile and paper crafts, mostly from recycled products
Tesoros - Home accessories, fashion jewellery, leather gloves, scarves, Italian leather bags & trinkets
The Utility Warehouse - Free prize draw to win a mini or £10,000
Christine Watt - Hand crafted fabric & agate window light catchers, hearts, angels & cloth bags
Durham City Cats Protection - To raise awareness & funds for the charity
Spadework/Houghall Plant Centre
Charlies Country Kitchen
- Handmade pies & pasties
Body Shop at Home - Body Shop products; gifts, skincare, bath & body
Dom Kaye Plants
Evancliffe Leathercraft

Belltoth Gardens