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GW live. What to expect?

SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

I'm thinking of maybe trying to get to GW this year, but I'm on a strict budget for the next few months. Am I likely to find any bargains, or is it very much the cream of the crop there? I'm not too bothered about meeting the 'celebs' but would like to see what it's all about, but I'm wondering whether I'm better off saving the pennies and maybe putting it towards the Malvern autumn show later on in the year.

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  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    Speaking personally, I've given up on GWL. It's dwindled from what it used to be, far fewer stalls of any gardening interest, and I've rarely seen  much to impress in the show gardens. Malvern autumn is very different, I always enjoy it, but again there are far fewer gardening things and more craft and tat.

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    I don't have public transport, so GWL is easy to get to on the train, and Malvern offer a shuttle service from the station to the event. I'm quite happy with craft and tat though. I don't really know of other plant fairs I can visit that I can get to easily on trains and buses. Shame, but I though GWL might not be worth what it asks. I went to Grand Designs live, got free tickets, but found it dull. I'd be very disappointed if I'd paid for tickets.

  • ightenighten Posts: 184

    Last time I went (2 or 3 years ago) it rather seemed to be more about furniture and equipment than gardens and plants.. Im with Sweetpea - if it was free fine but its like paying to go into a showroom in the current form.

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Hi SweetPea,  I've never been to GWL but having to get to Brom and then traipsing round the NEC would feel too much like hard work, and then to have to pay for the pleasure, hmmm I don't think so.  However Malvern Autumn, oh the joy I just love it, including the craft and tat. image 

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    are you relatively local then Caral?

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    To Malvern? Yes fairly, its about 45 min drive from me. 

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    Oh wow! Someone who is local to me! There's a post on here about where we all are, and there's a distinct lack of folk in the Worcestershire area. In fact I make up the entirety of Worcestershire and Birmingham on the map... you basically pop a note on the map saying where you are, if you aren't already on there. Closest folk to me are in Bristol area.

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446
    ighten wrote (see)

    Last time I went (2 or 3 years ago) it rather seemed to be more about furniture and equipment than gardens and plants.. Im with Sweetpea - if it was free fine but its like paying to go into a showroom in the current form.

    cant imagine it being any better now then. probably why they throw the freebie offer to access the good food show too. I'll go to the malvern show and see if I can get tickets any cheaper, where there's a will, there's a way!

     

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Okay, I'l have a look for the thread. Whereabouts are you in Worcs? 

     

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    I'm in the very centre of the city.

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