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4/18/2016

RHS Flower Show Cardiff

When I booked the tickets for the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff I was so excited! I had visions of wondrous flower displays and interactive areas for the children, I imagined hoards of poppies dancing in the breeze on a sunny day with happy, vibrant people milling around talking about their veggie patches...

I didn't get much of that.

When we arrived it was absolutely manic (and it stayed that way!). The first thing we spotted was the huge model of the BFG! We love a bit of Roald Dahl so the kids were happy to see their favourite giant welcoming them to the show.

After this, we really did struggle to enjoy ourselves. We were all really hungry and so we thought we'd get a bite to eat before mooching around. This was a nightmare... Warren went to get George pizza but it was an hour's waiting time, I went to get chips and they were £3 for a small tub, the hotdogs were £5.50 each, and at one point I bought a packet of crisps for Molly for a whopping £2!!! It felt like we (and everyone else there) were being taken advantage of with regards to the ridiculous pricing and poor quality food.

After we'd nibbled on the food and had a little moan we went for a wander. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, well I was kinda expecting a 'show'. I wanted glorious floral displays and themed areas, epecially since I'd heard about the Roald Dahl link. Imagine the LEGO village but with flowers, yeah? We didn't get it. There was a wonderful wheelbarrow show, but this was only one part of the whole thing. And yes, the wheelbarrows were all AMAZING!

As we wandered around we realised one fundamental thing was wrong... It wasn't a 'show', it was a huge sales room. There were areas where I felt my children were frowned upon for being there, and one thing I saw over and over again were signs like this one...

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Everywhere we went we were told 'do not touch!' It was exhaustingly boring. However, things started to brighten up when Warren spotted a bird display. We headed over and the children began to smile. The man with the owl talked to George and Molly and they were able to stroke the owl! Yes, we weren't told, 'don't touch!'

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As we moved around the site I have to say the environment felt quite unwelcoming, especially when George or Molly were interested in something. A lot of the time grown men and women gave them strange looks, shoved past them or tried to push in when we were looking at something.

As we continued on our way around we were lucky enough to discover the National Museum Wales. Their area was absolutely wonderful and we spent a lot of time there. Firstly, the children used the miscroscopes to look at seaweed and other interesting bits and bobs.

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In the centre of the tent was a huge pile of rocks, hammers and protective goggles... George couldn't wait to have a bash and he managed to find some fossils. This was a really great acitvity with a lot of interest from all the people there.

The best part was yet to come, though... We spotted a man with a huge bug in his hands and we couldn't wait to find out more. I'm a bit freaked out by woodlice, so the thought of holding a cockroach made me want to cry a little. But I could see how much Molly wanted to hold one, she was a just little afraid, so I knew it was my job to do it first! And... it was actually okay! It was more than okay for Molly, she now wants some to live with us (which is actually possible, so watch this space!). She loved this part of the day and the staff were wonderful with her.

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In the centre of the tent was a huge pile of rocks, hammers and protective goggles... George couldn't wait to have a bash and he managed to find some fossils. This was a really great acitvity with a lot of interest from all the people there.

The best part was yet to come, though... We spotted a man with a huge bug in his hands and we couldn't wait to find out more. I'm a bit freaked out by woodlice, so the thought of holding a cockroach made me want to cry a little. But I could see how much Molly wanted to hold one, she was a just little afraid, so I knew it was my job to do it first! And... it was actually okay! It was more than okay for Molly, she now wants some to live with us (which is actually possible, so watch this space!). She loved this part of the day and the staff were wonderful with her.

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On our way out of the 'show' we stumbled upon some lovely tulips. It was late in the day and they'd started selling them off at £1 a plant. Warren, knowing how much I adore tulips, went to join the VERY long queue. After about ten minutes people began forcing their way through the queue and it was, quite simply, mahem. So, Warren walked away...*

We left  feeling very disappointed. If it wasn't for the animal/insect elements then I think I'd consider asking for my money back! So a huge thank you to the National Museum of Wales for making the RHS Flower Show special for us... We'll be visiting one of your sites very soon.

Did you go to the RHS Flower Show this year? What did you think?




*Warren came home with a special gift for me today - a bunch of tulips! Aw xx
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