BBC Gardeners’ World Live and Good Food Show Summer are set to return to the NEC in Birmingham from 13 – 16 June, and to celebrate one of the nation’s most popular days out, here are the top ten things not to miss this year.

  1. Showstopping gardens bringing Gardeners’ World to life

Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, is creating this year’s headline Show Garden ‘The Chef’s Table. This large, walk-through garden will be full of ideas of how you can grow, cook and eat in your garden. Set in this rustic outdoor cooking and eating space, with every space overflowing with edibles, top chefs and experts will pop-in for talks and demos hosted by Adam. Look out for culinary stars including James Martin, Michel Roux and Good Food’s Cassie Best.

Bringing more star quality off the screen and into the Show, award-winning Pip Probert is the designer behind The Viewers’ Garden, which will bring together an array of ideas put forward from fans of BBC2’s Gardeners’ World, into a single, inspiring garden full of practical features, stunning solutions and planting combinations you’ll want to recreate at home.

  1. All-star experts in their field

BBC Gardeners’ World Live and the Good Food Show Summer are renowned for hosting the biggest and best names in gardening and food each year, and 2024 is no exception.

Across the four-day weekend at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Theatre and the Good Food Show’s Big Kitchen, visitors can enjoy live talks and demonstrations from green-fingered royalty including Monty Don, Adam Frost, Carol Klein, Frances Tophill and Joe Swift, while food-lovers can discover culinary experts including Nadiya Hussain, James Martin, Michel Roux, Matt Tebbutt, Paul Ainsworth, Rosemary Shrager and other esteemed chefs & experts.

  1. Spectacular Show Gardens

Every year the Show presents fresh and new garden inspiration in the Show Gardens and Beautiful Borders.

In addition to the Chef’s Table and Viewers’ Garden, highlights include two competition gardens in the NEW Urban Gardening Area along with a Blue Diamond feature garden, as well as impressive Show Garden designs from Derby College with Derbyshire Historic Building Trust, four APL Avenue Show Gardens themed ‘The Good Life’, a large collection of Beautiful Borders and more.

  1. Engage in the flavoursome discussion. 

The Let’s Talk Good Food stage returns with special guests divulging their summer secrets and kitchen tales. Sit back and allow your food heroes to reveal their top tips and tricks, favourite recipes and so much more. Plus, you can meet them in person, grab their latest cookbook and snap that perfect selfie at the book signing.

Don’t pass up the chance to join Nathan Anthony (Bored of Lunch), Becky Excell, Max La Manna, Chetna Makan, Ruby Bhogal and more.

  1. New hands-on workshops

NEW to BBC Gardeners’ World Live this year, visitors can upskill in practical workshops, from growing your own oyster mushrooms, to the essentials of happy house plants or growing your own tasty fruit and veg at home.

  1. Sip, taste and discover

Snap up a spot in one of our fantastic Summer Workshops. Join Andy Clarke as he teaches you how to create a summer cocktail (or two!) or discover new and exciting, fabulous food with Katy Truss, including exploring unusual herbs and exceptional spices or cheese and perfect pairings. No matter your palate preference there’s something for everyone!

  1. House Plant Hub

The House Plant Hub is the one-stop-shop for expert advice and tips to ensure a home full of healthy houseplants. Hosted by gardening for wellbeing expert Ellen Mary, and featuring talks from Joe Bagley plus others, this is the place to discover the best ways to green-up your indoor living spaces.

  1. The iconic Floral Marquee

One of the largest in the country, the Floral Marquee is a haven of colour and scent, the ultimate destination for all gardeners and plant lovers. Inside, you’ll discover floral displays like no other as well as green-fingered experts on the Let’s Talk Plants Stage, and a chance to have one-to-one advice with the Plant Experts. The plant crèche will help you store all your shopping so you can enjoy the show bag-free!

Head outside to the Plant Village to explore more than 20 further nurseries and growers – you’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of beautiful plants on offer and are bound to leave with a handful of flowers and a head full of ideas.

  1. The International Orchid Show

BBC Gardeners’ World Live becomes the new home of this impressive show with over twenty exhibitors of these fascinating and exotic plants. Learn how to keep orchids thriving, shop for all the essential growing kit, and browse and shop from an incredible range of spectacular plants to take home.

  1. Explore, browse, and indulge! 

Shopping bags at the ready as you enjoy a day out full of culinary delights, ranging from tempting dressings to delectable summer desserts and essential picnic provisions. Elevate your outdoor gastronomic adventures with refreshing cocktails and savour handcrafted delicacies guaranteed to tantalise your palate.

With all of the above on offer, plus even more garden inspiration, celebrity book signings, the street food, bandstand entertainment, family activities and so much more, this year’s shows are set to be as unmissable and fabulous as ever! Whether you’re a keen gardener, food fanatic or anywhere in between, one ticket gives entry to both Shows, packing in double the experience for one ticket.

For more information and to book tickets to this year’s Show, visit www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com or www.goodfoodshow.com/summer

Justin Mallinson

Justin Mallinson

Co-founder and Director of Skin Communications