People wanting to snap up advance tickets for the award-winning Chorley Flower Show are being urged to buy now to avoid missing out on the cheaper tickets.
Thousands of people have already bought theirs with pre-sales at record levels.
And show bosses are now saying that if tickets continue to fly off the shelves at the current rate, the advance allocation will be sold out before the original deadline.
Coun Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The show continues to grow in popularity and we want to make sure those who want to attend don’t miss out on the advance rate, which offers 20 per cent off the gate price.
“Ticket sales are running at five times higher than this time last year so we could sell out our advance allocation in the next couple of weeks.”
Coun Bradley added: “After three successful years behind us, which included winning event of the year at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, we’re now firmly on the horticultural map and we’re getting a reputation as the Northern Flowerhouse offering a cheaper alternative to the bigger shows but with top quality exhibitors in the unique setting of Astley Park.”
Lancashire’s premier true flower show features the country’s top exhibitors with special guests Carol Klein and Adam Frost hosting talks in the grounds of Astley Park.
The show, which is on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, includes all the traditional elements of a flower show combined with a mix of lighthearted entertainment, making it a great day out for all generations of the family.
As well as the celebrity guests, the highlights of this year’s show will include:
• Displays from the country’s top exhibitors with many gold-medal winners from the top RHS shows;
• The unveiling of the ‘Garden of Reflection’, which will commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One;
• Trade stands offering the best in gardening products and furniture;
• A spectacular 100m amateur marquee creating a blaze of colour;
• The show hosts regional competitions for the North West Sweet Pea Society and the Rose Society UK;
• A chance to see the historic Astley Hall decked out in floral displays;
• A gardening theatre with expert talks and demonstrations;
• Plenty of family entertainment and a chance to walk on our floating bridge.
“If you enjoy gardening or like plants and flowers then it is definitely worth attending if you’ve not been before,” Coun Bradley added.
“We have lots of the elements of the big RHS shows but the tickets are more affordable and we offer free parking too, which we know is really important to visitors.
“There is a real friendly atmosphere and we pride ourselves on giving people a fantastic day out.”
More information and tickets are available at www.chorleyflowershow.com with advance tickets from £8 for adults and £1.50 for children.
People can also enter the amateur competition with dozens of classes and a floral art section too.
Prizes for first second and first will be dished out across six classes including ones for beginners and children.
The show burst on to the event calendar in 2015 and has won a prestigious Lancashire Tourism Award.
Last year the event attracted 15,000 people over two days in 2017.