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Orchid Shows in the UK

If you are organising an orchid show and would like to publicise it here, or you know of a forthcoming show we haven't listed, please let us have the details via the Contact Us form. (Links open in a new browser window.)

Event information is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed and we cannot accept responsibility for errors and/or omissions. We are able to verify dates, times, venues, nor any other information, and therefore advise visitors to any of the shows listed here to contact the relevant society to confirm details before travelling.

The list below is not exhaustive and we are aware that some events are missing. We will add to them as and when we receive information.

Events In 2017

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Open Weekend at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Visitors will be able to enjoy Laurence's enthusiasm, knowledge and humour alongside free tea, coffee, and Sandra's lovely cakes. Free advice, free refreshments, free parking - what more could you want? Ah, you want free orchids. Sorry, you will have to pay for those!

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Bournemouth Orchid Society Spring Show

Saturday 25th February

12:00 noon – 4:30 pm

Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

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South West Orchid Society Annual Show

Saturday 25th February

10:30 noon – 4:00 pm

West Monkton Village Hall, Monkton Heathfield, Nr Taunton, TA2 8NE

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Harrogate Orchid Society Annual Show

Saturday 26th February

10:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Britannia Hotel, Bramhope, Leeds

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Cheltenham & District Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show

Saturday 4th March

10.30 am - 4.00 pm

Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2JH.

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/cheltenhamorchids.org/www/home

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Society displays, including Cheltenham & District OS; Bristol & West OS; South West OS; Gloucestershire Federation of Garden Societies; Cotswold & Malvern Group AGS. Trade attending include Burnham Nurseries; Laurence Hobbs Orchids; Orchid Botanics (Trey Sanders); Hoo House Nurseries (non-orchid); Earthen Wear Jewellery. (All trade will accept advance orders for collection at the show.)

Free parking on site and at overflow car park across the road. Refreshments available (proceeds to The Society).

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Wessex Orchid Society Annual Spring Show

Saturday 4th March

12:00 noon - 4:30 pm

Portchester Community School, Whitehart Lane, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 9BD

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Plant Sales Day at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 11th March

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Free advice, free parking. Unfortunately no refreshments are available on sales days.

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Darlington & District Orchid Society Annual Show

Sunday 12th March

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sadberge Village Hall, Sadberge, Darlington, DL2 1RU,

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Mid Sussex Orchid Society Orchid Display

Sunday 12th March

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tate's Garden Paradise, Newhaven, East Sussex

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Orchid Society of Great Britain OSGB Open Spring Show

Saturday 18th March

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Glasshouse, RHS Wisley Gardens, Wisley, Surrey, GL23 6QB

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East Midlands Orchid Society Annual Show

Sunday 19th March

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bottesford VC Hall, Belvoir Road, Bottesford, Nottingham< NG13 0BG

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South East Orchid Society Spring Open Show

Sunday 19th March

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ashford Rail Staff Club, Beaver Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7RR

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The Bristol & West of England Orchid Society Annual Show

Saturday 25th March

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Towh Hall, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire

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Suffolk Orchid Society Spring Show

Saturday 25th March

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

St Michaels Church Centre, The Drift, Martlesham, Nr. Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 3UY

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The Orchid Society of East Anglia Spring Show

Sunday 26th March

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Wroxham Church Hall, Norwich Road, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8RY

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RHS London Spring Plant and Orchid Show

Wednesday 29th - Thursday 30th March (preview evening 28th March)

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

RHS Lindley and Laurence Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, London

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North East of England Orchid Society Annual Show

Sunday 2nd April

11:00 am - 4:00pm

Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5AT

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Thames Valley Orchid Society Spring Show

Saturday 8th April

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hare Hatch Sheeplands, Hare Hatch, Nr Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9HW

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Central Orchid Society Spring Show

Saturday 8th April

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Perton Community Centre, Church Road, Perton, Wolverhampton, WV6 7PD

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West Cornwall Orchid Society Spring Show

Sunday 9th April

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Camborne Community Center, Annex, South Terrace, Camborne, TR14 8SU

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Solihull and District Orchid Society Spring Orchid Show

Saturday 15th April

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Arden School, Knowle, West Midlands, B93 0PT

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Hinckley & District Orchid Society Spring Orchid Show, incorporating East Midlands Orchid Society

Saturday 15th April

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stoke Golding Club, 42 Hinckley Road, Stoke Golding, Warwickshire, CV13 6DZ

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East Midlands Orchid Society - displaying at Hinckley & District Orchid Society Spring Show

Please see details for Hinckly & District Show above.

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Darlington & District Orchid Society Raby Castle Orchid Show

Sunday 30th April - Monday 1st May

11:00 am – 5:00 pm both days

Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3AH

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Open Weekend at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Visitors will be able to enjoy Laurence's enthusiasm, knowledge and humour alongside free tea, coffee, and Sandra's lovely cakes. Free advice, free refreshments, free parking - what more could you want? Ah, you want free orchids. Sorry, you will have to pay for those, but there will be 10% off many plants and there will also be some new stock. Between 12 noon and 2:30 pm Laurence will hold potting demonstrations and an orchid clinic so, if you're been putting off repotting because you're nervous about it, or you have a sick plant, take it along and get some advice. (If your plant has bugs please put in a plastic bag so they don't escape, or take along a leaf with some sample pests on it in a sealed plastic bag.)

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Scottish Orchid Society Glasgow Botanic Gardens Orchid Fair

Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th May

10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE

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Fenland Orchid Society Annual Show

Sunday 7th May

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Terrington St. Clement Village Hall, nr King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 4LZ

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Essex Orchid Society Spring Show

Saturday 13th May

1:30 am – 4:00 pm

South Green Memorial Hall, Southend Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2P5

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Orchid Study Group Orchid Day at Dyffryn Gardens

Saturday 20th May

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 8SU

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Now for something a little different. We don't normally list international events except by request, but thought anyone visiting, or able to visit, Estonia in late spring or summer might find something to interest them. So...

Saaremaa Orchid Festival

Running from Saturday 27th May through to Sunday 3rd July

Times and Location: Please see website for details of events, visits and lectures

http://www.orhideefestival.eu/p/festival-program-en.html

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The Sheffield & District Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show

Sunday 28th May

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Chatsworth Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Derbyshire, DE45 1PJ

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Malvern International Orchid Show

Friday 16th June - Sunday 18th June

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Royal Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire

More information is available at: http://www.threecounties.co.uk/threecounties/options.php?id=103

I can't yet find an exhibitors' list, but approximately 20 traders are expected and will incude Writhlington School, Burnham Nurseries, and a variety of traders from within the EU plus some, such as Peruflora and Ecuagenera, from much further afield. Will this be the last time we see some of them in the UK?

I haven't been able to find a list of Societies exhibiting yet either, but Cheltenham & District OS and East Midlands OS are known attendees.

Please DO NOT take your pet dog to the Three Counties Showground.

Only assistance dogs and dogs that are participating in scheduled events are allowed on the showground. Vehicles containing any other dogs will be refused entry to the car parks. Even on relatively cool days temperatures in vehicles can rise dramatically if the sun comes out and dogs can quickly overheat and die. RSPCA inspectors will be on site checking parked vehicles.

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Writhlington School Orchid Project Orchid Festival

Saturday 1st July

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Writhlington School, Knobsbury Lane, Writhlington, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 3NQ.

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Burnham Nurseries' Summer Orchid Festival

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Burnham Nurseries, Forches Cross, Newton Abbott, Devon, TQ12 6PZ

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Open Weekend at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Visitors will be able to enjoy Laurence's enthusiasm, knowledge and humour alongside free tea, coffee, and Sandra's lovely cakes. Free advice, free refreshments, free parking - what more could you want? Free orchids? They can't manage that, but you will get 10% discount off your plants.

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The South West Orchid Society Taunton Flower Show

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th August

Times unknown

Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

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Harrogate Orchid Society “Orchids for Everyone” Weekend

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August

10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bramall Learning Centre, RHS Gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate, HG3 1QB

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Orchid Study Group Welsh Orchid Festival

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September

10:00 am – pm (closing time unknown but is usually shortly before the gardens close)

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG

National Botanic Garden of Wales website: http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk/

Orchid Show Information: http://www.orchidstudygroup.org.uk/

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Darlington & District Orchid Society Show, organised by Darlington OS & the University Botanic Garden

Sunday 3rd September

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Josephine Butler College, South Road, Durham, DH1 3DF.

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Somerset, Wiltshire & Dorset Orchid Society SWDOS Annual Show

Saturday 16th September

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Gillingham Primary School, School Road, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4QR

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Open Weekend at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Visitors will be able to enjoy Laurence's enthusiasm, knowledge and humour alongside free tea, coffee, and Sandra's lovely cakes. Free advice, free refreshments, free parking - what more could you want? Free orchids? They can't manage that, but there is usually a 10% discount off plant purchases.

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Bournemouth Orchid Society Autumn Show

Saturday 30th September

12:00 noon – 4:30 pm

Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

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Lincolnshire Orchid Group Autumn Show

Saturday 30th September

10:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Leasingham Village Hall, Leasingham, Nr. Sleaford, NG34 8LB

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Birmingham & Midland Orchid Society BMOS Annual Orchid Show

Saturday 7th October

10:30 am - 4:30 pm

United Reformed Church, 1 Bassington Avenue, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AA

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Croydon & District Orchid Society Open Orchid Show

Sunday 8th October

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey

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Wessex Orchid Society Annual Autumn Show

Saturday 14th October

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Portchester Community School, Whitehart Lane, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 9BD

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Open Weekend at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Visitors will be able to enjoy Laurence's enthusiasm, knowledge and humour alongside free tea, coffee, and Sandra's lovely cakes. Free advice, free refreshments, free parking - what more could you want? Free orchids? They can't manage that, but you will get 10% discount off your plants.

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Laurence Hobbs' Orchids Plant Sales Day

Saturday 4th November

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Free parking as usual but, sorry, no refreshments this time.

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Orchid Society of Great Britain Open Autumn Show

Saturday 4th November

10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Wraysbury Village Hall, The Green, Wraysbury, Staines-on-Thames, TW19 5NA

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Central Orchid Society Autumn Show

Saturday 25th November

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Perton Civic Centre, Church Road, Perton, Wolverhampton, WV6 7PD

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Open Weekend at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Visitors will be able to enjoy Laurence's enthusiasm, knowledge and humour alongside free tea, coffee, and Sandra's lovely cakes, along with festive sherry, mince pies, and Christmas cake. Silly hats and party pieces welcomed, carols optional! Free advice, free refreshments, free parking - what more could you want?

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Open Weekend at Laurence Hobbs' Orchids

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bailiff's Cottage Nursery, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4LN

http://www.laurencehobbsorchids.co.uk/

Visitors will be able to enjoy Laurence's enthusiasm, knowledge and humour alongside free tea, coffee, and Sandra's lovely cakes, along with festive sherry, mince pies, and Christmas cake. Silly hats and party pieces welcomed, carols optional! Free advice, free refreshments, free parking - what more could you want?

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Events In 2018

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Bournemouth Orchid Society Spring Show

Saturday 24th February

12:00 noon – 4:30 pm

Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

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South West Orchid Society Annual Show

Saturday 24th February

10:30 noon – 4:00 pm

West Monkton Village Hall, Monkton Heathfield, Nr Taunton, TA2 8NE

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Cheltenham & District Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show

Saturday 3rd March

10.30 am - 4.00 pm

Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2JH.

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/cheltenhamorchids.org/www/home

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Society and trade displays to be confirmed. (All trade will accept advance orders for collection at the show.)

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European Orchid Congress, Paris

23rd - 25th March 2018

Paris Event Centre, 20 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette - 75019 Paris

Those on Facebook can keep up with news at https://www.www.facebook.com/eocce2018/

More details to follow as we have them.

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British Orchid Conference

Friday 2nd (preview); Show open to the public Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November

Times to be confirmed

Writhlington School, Knobsbury Lane, Writhlington, Radstock, BA3 3NQ

Website: http://wsbeorchids.org

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Further details to follow when we have them.

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