Potato Events

Potato Days

18 or so years ago, as part of the HDRA's (now Garden Organic) commitment to biodiversity, the first Potato Day was held, the brainchild of Jackie Gear MBE. It has now grown to a major event attracting thousands of visitors to Ryton. As many varieties as possible (130 this year) are available by the tuber for those who want to try some of the older (or newer varieties). To make the event a "day" advice, talks on potato culture, cookery demonstrations and potato based food is also included. For HDRA members entry is free on the first day.

Several local organic groups (and latterly allotments, other gardening groups and garden centres) have picked up on the idea and in 2011 we know of those below.

Entries in black are the dates in 2014, those in green are the dates for 2015 , they will be updated as soon as the information becomes available
If you know of more please let know

Red* indicates that a Garden Organic (HDRA) Group is organising or supporting the event

2015 Potato Events

Sat 11 Jan 2014 Dorset Bridport Potato Day, NEW VENUE Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport DT6 3LY, 10am - 2.30pm Bridport Community Orchard More information call 01749 860039 or www.potato-days.net
Sun 12 Jan 2014 Bristol Bristol Potato Day and Seed Fair. NEW VENUE Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QG More information call 01749 860039 or www.potato-days.net
16 Jan 2015(Start) Berkshire Charlton Park Garden Centre, Wantage. >100 varieties by the individual tuber and 2.5kg bags. List of varieties Expert advice. More information on 01235 772700.
Sat 18 Jan 2014 Wiltshire 5th Annual Potato Day for Swindon Allotment Society. Gorse Hill Community Centre, Chapel Street, Swindon SN2 8DA 10am - 1pm. More information call 01749 860039 or www.potato-days.net
Sun 19 Jan 2014 Wiltshire Pewsey Potato Day Bouverie Hall, North Street, Pewsey SN9 5QE 10am - 1pm organised by Pewsey Vale Garden Club. 01749 860039 or www.potato-days.net
18/19 Jan 2014
Gloucestershire Dundry Nurseries, Cheltenham. 9.30am - 4.30pm. ~ 100 varieties of seed tuber by the individual tuber and 3kg bags, admission free. Signed off Junction 11, M5. Information and talks in the afternoon. Details from Chris Evans, Dundry Nurseries 01452 713124 or website
31 Jan - 1 Feb 2015
Hampshire* 17th Hampshire Potato Days, Testbourne Community Centre, Micheldever Road, Whitchurch. 10am -3pm. >100 varieties of seed tuber, including Sarpo, (plus ~25 organically grown) by the individual tuber and 2.5kg bags Free coloured potato for each child. Tuber sales, expert advice and children's activities. Plus onion and shallots sets, beans and other seed sales, seed swap, green manure and organic fertilisers, talks and cookery demos. Signed from the A34. For full details press here or from or 07825 112677
See 2011 report on theWhitchurchWeb
Sat 25 Jan 2014 Wiltshire Marshfield Potato Day, Marshfield Community Centre, The Hayfield, Marshfield SN14 8PG 10 am - 2pm. Marshfield Gardening Association Admisssion 50p website
26 Jan 2014
Gloucestershire Blandford Potato Day, Pimperne Village Hall, Pimperne DT11 8UZ. 10am - 2pm Blandford Museum Victorian Gardening Club website
Sat 25 Jan 2014 Nottingham* Nottingham Organic Gardeners Potato Day, URC Church, Edwards Lane, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 3AA 10am to 1.30 pm. Potatoes for sale by the individual tuber, onions and sallot sets. Homemade cake and refreshments. Admission: £1 - Website
Sat 25 Jan 2014 Lancaster The Friends Meeting House, Lancaster (next to Lancaster Railway Station) 12noon – 3pm. Seed potatoes to buy, Potato Café, Children’s Games, Lancashire Apple Trees Swap stall. Website
Sat 25 Jan 2014 Chesterfield 6th Potato day, Unit 9 (formerly Thomsonís Travel Agents near to escalator), The Pavements Shopping Centre, Chesterfield Town Centre Website
Sun 26 Jan 2014 Lancaster Macclesfield Potato Day and Seed Sale, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, SK10 1EA. 10am - 3.30pm. Over 80 varieties of potatoes supplied in 1kg nets plus lots more. Website
  London There doesn't appear to be a London Potato Day this year
Sat 1 Feb 2014 Lancashire Skelmersdale Potato Day, Concourse Shopping Centre - Skemersdale Town Centre - 10am-3pm - West Lancashire Allotment Federation. More information Website
Sat 1 Feb 2014 Durham* Bowburn Community Centre, County Durham. 10am - 1pm. ~25 varieties, many organic. Bowburn is at Junction 61 of the A1(M). Advice on all aspects of organic growing. Refreshments available. More details on Durham Organic Gardeners' Association website or 0191 3863616
Sat 1 Feb 2014 Wiltshire Urchfont Potato Day Urchfont Village Hall, Urchfont nr. Devizes SN10 4QU 10.30am - 2.30pm. Urchfont Garden Society and Pennard Plants. Entry £1 include first tea/coffee & biscuit. www.potato-days.net
Sat 1 Feb 2014 Gloucestershire Stroud Potato Day Merrywalks Shopping Centre, Stroud GL5 1RR Details on website
Sun 2 Feb 2014 Brighton Seedy Sunday (the UK's first Seed Swap!) The Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE Community seed swap all day - heritage and outlawed seeds as well as locally grown organic flower and herb seeds, plus films, talks, exhibitions and potatoes. 10.30am - 3.30pm £3 (£2 concs)(tickets on the door) Children free. Details www.seedysunday.org or Fran Saunders on 01273 381686
Sat 8 Feb 2014 Devon Eggesford Garden and Country Centre, Eggesford, Nr Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7QU 9am - 5pm. 70 varieties on sale plus tips and tricks from the experts. Special offers on the day and fun for the kids too. Details from 01769 580250 or see www.eggesfordgardens.com
Sat 8 Feb 2014 Shropshire* Montford Parish Hall just off the A5, SY4 1AD. 9am - 3pm. Breakfasts, lunches, teas, cakes, advice, seeds, compost, sacks, free entry. Details from Shropshire Organic Gardeners 01939 260935
Sat 8 Feb 2014 East Anglia* Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Nr Stowmarket, IP14 6AT (Brown Tourist Signs) 9.30am-1.30pm. £1.50. Choose from approx 100 varieties of seed potato (approx 30 grown organically). Seed-swap table, chip and tasting table, books, tools, produce, home composting advice + lots more. Details on the website
Sat 8 Feb 2014 Dorset Drimpton Potato Day Drimpton Village Hall, Drimpton nr Beaminster DT8 3RF 10.30am - 2.30pm. Clapton &Wayford Horticultural Society Great lunches and Children's activities www.potato-days.net
Sun 9 Feb 2014 Somerset
Annual Somerset Potato Day The Constitutional Club - Station Road - Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7BY 10.30am - 2.30pm Refreshments and Bar. Free admission! www.potato-days.net
Sun 8 Feb 2015 Cheshire

Marple and District Allotment Association Seed Potato Day Marple Senior Citizens Hall, Memorial Park, Marple, SK6 6BA 10am - 3pm. 90 varieties of seed potato, Vegetable Seeds, Onion Sets and Garlic, Soft Fruit Bushes, Dahlias, Gladioli, Lilies and other summer flowering bulbs. More information

Sun 9 Feb 2014 Somerset Potato Day and Seed Swap Market Yard, Justine Lane, Frome BA11 1BE 10am - 2pm. Adults £1.50 Organised by Frome Allotment Association. Website
Thu 13 Feb 2014 Wiltshire Allotment Shop & Potato Day, St Paul's Church Hall, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, SN15 1PS. 4 - 8pm Organised by Chippenham Garden & Allotment Society Free admission, refreshments More information from David Love 01249 658467
Sun 16 Feb 2014 Wiltshire Mere Potato Day and Seed Swap The Grove Buildings, Church Street, Mere BA12 6DS Mere Gardening Club. www.potato-days.net
Sat 15 Feb 2014 Wiltshire Annual Codford Potato Day Codford Village Hall (offA36), Codford, Warminster BA12 0LD 10am - 2pm. Codford Horticultural Society www.potato-days.net
Sat 15 Feb 2014 West Yorkshire* West Yorkshire Organic Group Potato Day 2011 Shipley Colleges, Exhibition Road, Saltaire. 10am - 2pm. More than three dozen varieties on offer there is something for everyone at 14p each. Most of the varieties are organic and there is a great selection of heritage and speciality varieties that you might not have seen before and may not see in the shops. There are lots of people to give advice about varieties while you are there. Entry free. More information www.wyog.org/potato-day
8/9 Feb 2014
Potato Day. Buckingham Nurseries, Tingewick Road, Buckingham, MK18 4AE 10am - 4pm. Expert advice on growing potatoes. www.buckingham-nurseries.co.uk Tel: 01280 822133 e-mail: webenquiries@hedging.co.uk
Sun 16 Feb 2014 Shropshire Shropshire Potato Day, Harper Adams University, 10am - 3pm, £1 on the door. Over 100 varieties available. More information www.gerrol.wix.com/shropshirepotatoday
Sun 16 Feb 2014 North Wales Church Hall, King Street, Mold 9am - 1pm. Organised by NCCPG, North Wales Group. A large selection of seed potatoes and vegetable seeds will be available. Free admission. For further information please contact Judy Jesse on 01978 761083 . Download poster
Sun 16 Feb 2014 Manchester Hume Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5RG. Information 0161 227 8198 or Hume Garden Centre
Sat 22 Feb 2014 Essex* SE Essex Potato Day Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SSO 9AG. (Please park in Prittlewell Chase and use Fairfax Drive entrance). 10am - 2pm. Choose from a selection of over 40 varieties of potato - all available to buy by the tuber, perfect for allotment holders and gardeners, a third organic, refreshments available. Admission £1.00. More details from Carole Shorney 01702 201914 or see the website.
Sat 22 Feb 2014 Calder Valley * Calder Valley Organic Gardeners' Potato Day 2011 Church of the Good Shepherd, Royal Fold, New Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5DZ. 10am-3pm. Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle. Admission of £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle. There 30 varieties (organic & non-organic) @ 14p per tuber all of which can be pre-ordered. There be childrenís activities, information displays, a number of stalls plus food & drink at the Potato Cafe. The Catalogue, Order Form and Terms & Conditions can be dowloaded from the website
Sun 23 Feb 2014 Edinburgh
Bridgend Allotments Community Health Project 5th Potato Day, Bridgend Allotments, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4TE 11am - 2pm. A wide variety of seed potatoes for sale. Talks and tips on growing and cooking. Refreshments and entertainments. More details website
Sun 23 Feb 2014 Glasgow Glasgow Potato Day Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow, G51 3UU 11am-3pm. Wide range of varieties, info & sundries. Website.
Sun 23 Feb 2014 Cumbria

Caldbeck Gardening Club Potato Day The Parish Hall, Caldbeck, Wigton, Cumbria 10am - 3pm More information from Liz Mounsey 01697 478618

Sat 1 Mar 2013 Perthshire 7th Dunblane Potato Day, organised by Dunblane Allotment Group Braeport Centre, Dunblane FK15 0AT 1-4pm
Sun 2 Mar 2014 Avon Winsley Potato Day Winsley Village Hall, Winsley, BA5 2LU Winsley Gardening Club 10am - 2pm Entrance 50p www.potato-days.net
Sat 8 Mar 2014 Avon Farmborough Potato Day andSeed Swap Farmborough Memorial Hall, Little Lane, Farmborough, Bath BA2 0AE - 10am - 2pm Get Seedy www.potato-days.net
Sun 2 Mar 2014 Borders* Border Union Showground Exhibition Hall, Kelso, Borders TD5 8LS 11am - 3pm. Adults £1, Children free. Potatoes, onions, seeds, other environmental stands and displays, potato themed refreshments, speakers. Contact 01750 76398 or Borders Organic Gardeners
Sat 9 Mar 2014 Hampshire Damerham Potato Day, Damerham Village Hall, Fordingbridge SP6 3HQ Damerham & District Horticultural Society 10.30am-2.30pm www.potato-days.net
Sun 10 Mar 2013 Surrey Guildford Potato Fair, Millmead Centre, Bury Fields, GUILDFORD Surrey GU2 4AZ 11am - 4pm. Up to 60 varieties of seed potato other garden related stalls, gardening advice, children's entertainment. More information from Colin Styles 01483 570658 or 07946 528891. Facebook entry

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 This page was last updated on 21st January 2014