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Craft, Cooking and Horticulture Competitions

You can be part of the show by entering one of our many competitions!

We have Horticulture and Craft classes which cover a large range of gardening, bakery and handicraft skills.

See below for details or click here to download a copy of the schedule.


This year's classes

  • A1 One vase of three stems of floribunda roses (one or more varieties)
  • A2 One specimen hybrid Tea rose
  • A3 One vase of three blooms of Hybrid Tea roses
  • A4 A single bloom any colour in picture frame provided - (4in x 6in, 10cm x 15cm)

Note; Varieties should be named where possible


No fewer than 5 stems per vase                       

  • B1  Three vases distinct varieties                      
  • B2  One vase, three or more different colours       
  • B3  A bowl of Sweet peas (24 stems mixed colours), arranged for effect, with any foliage and /or grasses.

*C1.  A vase of flowers, four kinds, perfect for pollination.

*C2.  A vase of perennials, four kinds, three stems of each. (trees or shrubs excluded)

C3.   A foliage pot plant, up to an 8in (20 cm) pot

C4.  A flowering pot plant, up to an 8in (20 cm) pot

C5.  Five or more different cut garden flowers in a vase

C6.  A pelargonium (geranium), up to an 8in (20 cm) pot.

C7.  A fuchsia plant, up to an 8 in (20 cm) pot.

C8.  Patio pot, not to exceed 18 in (46 cm).

C9.  Hanging Basket (Basket not to exceed 15” (38cm) in diameter with hanging chain

C10. Display of flower heads floating on water in a bowl which does not exceed 8 in (20 cm) in diameter.

C11. A vase of mixed flowering shrubs (no fewer than 3 varieties).

*Vase neck not to exceed 4in. (10cm) in diameter.


D1.  French beans, six pods.

D2.  Three globe beetroot, tops trimmed to 3in (7.5cm)

D3.  Cucumber or Melon

D4.  Three onions, with tops dressed.

D5.  Dish of six pods of green peas.

D6.  Soft fruits, one variety, one dish of maximum 12 items

D7.  Broad beans, six pods

D8.  Chili peppers, six of any variety

D9.  Three ripe tomatoes of any variety

D10. Dish or plate of four white potatoes (one variety)

D11. Dish or plate of four coloured potatoes (one variety)

D12. Collection of herbs for culinary use, cut and displayed

D13. Pair of courgettes, cylindrical or round.

D14. Pair of lettuce (any variety).

D15. Three carrots, tops trimmed to 3in (7.5 cm)

D16. Any other kind of vegetable, not included above.

D17. Any three vegetables, organically grown.

D18. Rhubarb, six sticks, foliage cut to 3in (7.5 cm)

D19. Collection of vegetables (more than three types) on a tray or in a basket (not to exceed 18 x 24 in (46 x 61 cm)). Number of vegetables as for individual classes).

D20. Ugly Veg “Wonky Veg that will make us laugh”


E1 An arrangement of wildflowers

E2 A tabletop display celebrating the 2024 Olympic Games

E3 “Tea and Biscuits” 8 inches or 20cm in height.

E4 Biscuit tin or lid with planting

E5 “Farmers market” arrangement include flowers,

Fruit and vegetables max size 24”x24” (61x61cm)

accessories allowed


In all these classes print size 10 x 8 in maximum and to be MOUNTED

F1.  Water

F2.  A Tree

F3.  Nature's Art

F4.  Art Within a Church

F5.  Black and White

Note: The winner of Class F4 will be offered the opportunity to be the official photographer for next year’s show.

G1.  A painting of any medium

G2.  A collage of mixed biscuit media

G3.  A homemade crown

G4.  A Decorated Biscuit

G5.  Pebble Art

H1. Make a small quilt (i.e. circa cot quilt size or lap quilt size suggested 1m by 1.5m) that has a connection to our these of "biscuits"!

You may choose to make the biscuit-style quilt with padded pockets or to reflect on the theme in your own way with prints and patterns.

Quilts will be displayed from a horizontal rod, please include tabs to ease hanging in tent.

I1.  A soft toy of any medium

I2.  A knitted scarf with an Olympic Theme

I3.  Embroidery

I4.  A knitted garment

I5.  A crocheted item

I6.  A blanket of any medium; knitted, crocheted, quilted etc

I7.  A handmade item in a hard material; for example, glass, metal or wood

I8.  An upcycled item

I9.  Cross Stitch

I10. My biscuit creation, felt, crochet, sew, knit, a biscuit creation

I11. Macrame

All cookery entries to be covered in cling film

J1.  Marmalade

J2.  One pot of jelly (any variety)

J3.  One pot of home made jam (any variety)

J4.  One pot of home made lemon curd

J5.  One pot of home made chutney (any variety)

J6.  Victoria Sandwich (using own recipe). Raspberry jam filling, caster sugar topping

J7.  An Olympic Cake

J8.  Box of sweets (no fewer than 6 in a box)

J9.  Make and decorate 6 Gingerbread figures

J10. Vegan Cake (please give us the recipe)

J11. 6 cheese straws

J12. Shortbread

J13. Men only "one hour" chocolate cake (see below for recipe)

J14. Six best baked biscuits

J15. A loaf of Bread (1 lb or 1/2 lb), any method


Men Only Bake
One Hour Bakes
For the cake
75g cocoa powder
250g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
250g golden caster sugar
275g self-raising flour
1¼ tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the frosting
200g butter, softened
200g icing sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp plain yogurt
90g dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
Prep the tins
Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Grease and line 2
x 20cm round cake tins.
Beat together the cake mixture
Mix the cocoa powder with 125ml hot water into a paste in a
large bowl. Add all the remaining cake ingredients. Beat with
an electric hand whisk until creamy, smooth and fully
Divide the mix between the two tins. Tap each on a work
surface (this will prevent air-bubbles). Bake for 30 mins until
risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove from
the tins and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
Make the icing
Meanwhile, make the icing. Put the butter, icing sugar, cocoa
powder and yogurt into a food processor and pulse until
blended. Add the melted chocolate and blitz until smooth.
Spread the icing
To decorate, level the top of the cakes if necessary. Place onto
a cake board or serving plate, then spread over one third of
the frosting. Place the second cake on top. Spread over
another third of the frosting.
Add icing decoration
Fill a disposable icing bag with the remaining frosting. Snip a ½
cm-1cm hole from the end and squeeze peaked rounds all
around the edge of the cake.
Scatter the sprinkles over the rounds, then top each one with a

Storytelling was a highlight of the first Stroud
Show in 1870. To continue to celebrate local
talent, please submit a short story of circa
500 words, that must contain the word
biscuit or biscuits.

The criteria are;
● Drama- tension/surprise or development
● Immersion- leading the reader into the story
● Meaning – thought provoking/ believable
● Structure – beguiling beginning and
knockout ending!

The winning stories will be judged by Katie Fforde (local author)

Prizes are awarded by our sponsors

There are 3 classes;

Primary School

11 - 16 years

Post 16 years and adults

Stroud Country Show Creative Writing Class to be judged by Katie Fforde.

Prizes include; an illustration of their creative writing, a Katie Fforde writing kit.

1st, 2nd and 3rd winners for each class will be displayed in the Horticultural Tent.

Entries must be in English.

Entries must be a maximum of 500 words.

Entries must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

The entry should be a work of fiction.

The decision of the judges is final

Copyright remains with the author.

Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.

The entries for the creative writing class will close on the 1st of July 2024 and should be emailed to; (with the subject line of the email 'Creative Writing Entry')

The winner of THE WI ROSEBOWL in 2022 was France Lynch Women’s Institute

  • This year's theme is “Afternoon Tea”
  • Five different handicrafts
  • Exhibits to be staged by 9.30 am.
  • Provide your own display board in proportion to the items presented but should not exceed 23 in x 35 in (60 cm x 90 cm).
  • NO hanging drapes to be displayed below the table.
  • Judged according to “On With the Show”.
  • Entry fee £1 payable on the day
  • Entries exhibited by WI branches should NOT bear the name of branch on the exhibit.
  • The WI RoseBowl will be awarded to the WI branch which gains the highest aggregate of points in all crafts.
  • In the event of a tie the branch with the most 1st prizes will be the winner.
    • Five points for 1st,
    • Three points for 2nd,
    • One point for 3rd.

The judge’s decision is final.

How to enter

Creative Writing 

Entries for the Creative Writing class must be received by the 1st July 2024. All entries should be emailed to The label Creative Writing Entry should be written in the subject line of the email.

Horticulture, Craft and Cookery classes.

Click here for a copy of the entry form. 

You may make only one entry into any class.

To enter a class either

  • email your completed form to 
  • Or post your Entry Form in a sealed envelope in the box marked “Stroud Country Show”  in the Stroud Town Council Office, London Rd, Stroud (opposite the Party Shop) during normal office hours,(Mon – Thurs 1000 to 1330, Fri 0930 to 1230). 
  • Or post your Entry Form in a sealed envelope through the letterbox at Stroud Town Council office outside of normal office hours

Please do not include any entry fees in the envelope, these can be paid on the day.


7.30 – 9.30 AM ON SHOW DAY

Any questions?

The 'First name' field is required
The 'Last name' field is required
Please enter a valid Email address

Name of cup

Kennedy Cup

Sir Percy Marling Cup

Sweet Pea Challenge Cup

Floral Art Cup

Sydney Price Challenge Cup

K B Godsell Cup

Photography Cup

Children's Cup

WI Rose Bowl

Category for which awarded

Most points won in the Fruit and Vegetable sections

Best Exhibit in Show across all classes

Most points won in the Sweet Peas classes

Most Points won in the Floral Art classes

Most points won in the Flower classes

Most points won in the Handicrafts classes

Most points won in the Photography classes

Most points won in the Childrens classes


Timetable of events

What's on?

Stalls and exhibitions will be going on all day