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Compiled by John Foster

Please note this listing only includes the major shows and events, for a complete list of meetings and events in your area consult the list of all BCSS branches and Zones.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make additions or alterations.[Last Updated:24th May 2019]

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March 2019
17 Zone 15 Mini-convention: Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. 12:00-17:00.

Speakers: Ivor Crook 'Rebutias' and Alan Rollason 'Haworthias'. Ticket £15, to include free entry to gardens (open from 10:00) and mid-term refreshments. Tickets available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

30 Leeds Branch: Display and Sales at Pudsey Spring Show, United Reform Church, School Lane, Pudsey, LS28 8PN. 14:00-17:30.
31

Berkhamsted Branch is hosting the 2019 Zone 6 International Convention on Sunday 31 March, which is being held at Weston Turville Village Hall, School Approach, Main Street, Weston Turville, Bucks HP22 5RW.

It will be an exciting day with three talks and plenty of plant and book sales. It will take place from 11:00 to 17:00. Doors will be open from 10:00 for plant sales. Entry is by pre‑purchased ticket only, there will be no entry on the door.

Zone 6 has been fortunate to book two world class speakers, both of whom will be bringing plants for sale and are excellent photographers.

Rikus van Veldhuisen, from the Netherlands is Chairman of The International Euphorbia Society. He has travelled extensively in Southern Africa and last spoke in the UK in 2014. Rikus will be giving two talks. The first will be ‘An Introduction to the succulent Euphorbias of South Africa’ and the second will be ‘Succulents of the Benguela Current Coast’. The last time Rikus talked at a Zone Convention he had some very special plants for sale.

Graham Charles is currently the Editor of Bradleya and is recognised as a leading authority on the cacti of South America. Graham will be talking about 'Matucana in habitat and culture’.

Rikus and Graham are excellent speakers and should provide many new insights into our favourite plants and their habitats.

There will be tradestands from Plantlife (Stuart Riley), William's Cactus (Craig Barber) and Keith's Plant Books (Keith Larkin).

Tickets are priced at £18 and include tea/coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea. They are available from myself (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: 01494 581020) or Zone 6 branch secretaries, no later than Wednesday 20 March 2019. Please let me know of any special dietary requirements. Cheques should be made payable to ‘BCSS’. Smoking is not allowed in the hall or car park.

April 2019
6 South East Cactus Mart: Swalecliffe and Chestfield Community Centre, 19 St Johns Rd, Whitstable, CT6 2QU. 10:00-15:00. More info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
13 BCSS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Winstanley High School and Community College, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 3BD.

Details in March Journal.

  • Lecture 1: Mr Wiebe Bosma (from Holland) "Mountains High, Valleys Deep in North and North-East Ethiopia ( with scenery, a variety of succulents like Stapeliads, Aloes and Euphorbia"
  • Lecture 2: Mr Graham Charles "Let's see what we can find in Peru - based on his ten visits to the country"
25-28 York Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30.
27 Spalding Cactus Mart: Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7DE. 10:00-15:00. 15 leading nurseries and growers participating. Refreshments, free parking, free admission. Details from Gerry Blacoe: 01778 393226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
28 Zone 9 Convention: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB. 10:00-17:00.

Speakers: Hazel Taylor 'Cactus highlights in North-eastern Mexico', John Hughes 'Cool customers (plants to grow with minimum heating)' and Bob Potter 'Zimbabwe'.

May 2019
4 North West Cactus Mart: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:15-14:15. Details from Peter Bint: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
5 Mammillaria Society Annual Meeting: RHS Wisley, Glasshouse Balcony, Woking, GU23 6QB. 10:00-16:30.
11 BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.
11-12 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Orchid Fair, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
11-12 Southend-on-Sea Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Southend-on-Sea Parks Nursery Open Weekend, Wakering Road, Great Wakering, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 0PZ. 10:00-16:00.
12 Tephrocactus Study Group Annual Meeting: Coddington Village Hall, Main Street, Coddington, Newark, NG24 2PN. 10:30-16:00.

Speakers: Norbert & Elisabeth Sarnes and Mike Partridge. All welcome, free entry. Details from John Betteley: 01636 707649 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Zone 12 Convention (Derek Desborough Memorial Lectures), Plumpton Village Hall, 1 Westgate, Plumpton Green, East Sussex, BN7 3BQ. 12:00-17:00 (doors open 11:30).

NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE

Speakers:

  • Paul Hoxey: "Hunting Matucana and Other Cacti in Northern Peru"
  • Ray Stephenson: "The European Succulents"

Plant sales by David Neville, Stuart Riley and C & V Cacti; generous buffet. Tickets £10.00 each from Suzanne Mace or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

17-19 Southend-on-Sea Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Hylands House Flower Show, Hylands House & Estate, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ. 10:00-16:00.
18 Cornwall Branch Show: Redruth School, Main Hall, Tolgus Vean, Redruth, TR15 1TA. 10:30-16:00.
18 Fife Branch Show: Leven Parish Church Hall, Durie Street, Leven, KY8 4HA. 10:00-15:30.
18 High Wycombe Branch Show: Great Kingshill Village Hall, Missenden Road, Great Kingshill, HP15 6DR. 10:00-16:00.
25 Bristol Joint Show (Bristol Branch and Bristol Cactus Society): Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PS. 10:00-17:00.
25 Leeds Branch: Plant Sale at Pudsey Gardeners Shop, Parkfield Close, Pudsey, LS28 7RY. 10:00-14:00.
25-27 Lea Valley Branch Show: Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. 10:00-17:00.
June 2019
1 Glasgow Branch Show: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-16:00.
1 Gloucester Branch Show: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB. 11:00-16:30.
1 Havering Branch Show: Ground floor room of YMCA, Roneo Corner, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0PH. 11:00-17:00.
1 Event Cancelled due to ill health: Luton Branch Show: Pirton Village Hall, High Street, Pirton, Hitchin, SG5 3PS. 10:45-16:00.
1 Portsmouth & District Branch Summer Show: Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5AU. 11:00-15:30. Schedules from Branch Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1-2 Sheffield Branch Show: Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN. Saturday 12:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-16:00.
2 Cambridge Branch Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ. 10:30-16:30.
2 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
6 BCSS Oxford Branch plants sales at Whichford Pottery CV 36 5PG Top plant day 10am - 5pm
8 Bradford Branch Show: Woodbank Garden Centre, Harden Road, Harden, Bingley, BD16 1BE. 10:30-15:00. Details from Branch Secretary John Parker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8 Lincoln Branch Show: North Hykeham Memorial Hall, 317 Newark Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9RY. 11:00-15:30.
15 Croydon Branch Show: Sanderstead Methodist Church, 102 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9EF.
15 Southend-on-Sea Branch Show: Crowstone St George's United Reformed Church Hall, 91 Crowstone Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 8LH. 12:00-16:00.
15 Southport Branch Show: Formby Luncheon Club, Rosemary Lane, Formby, L37 3HA. 11:00-16:00.
15 Wiltshire Branch Show: Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES. 11:00-15:30.
16 Zone 6 Show is being held at the Great Linford Memorial Hall, Milton Keynes, MK14 5AX. Sunday 16th June, 11:00 to 16:00
21-23 BCSS Oxford Branch Display and Sales at Blenheim Palace Flower Show
22 South Wales Branch Show: Graig Community Centre, Caerphilly Rd, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8HZ. 10:00-16:00.
29 Littlehampton Branch: Cactus Classes & Plant Sales at Yapton Cottage Gardeners' Summer Show, Yapton Village Hall, Yapton, Arundel, BN18 0ET. 14.00-16:30.
29 South West Cactus Mart: Portishead Youth Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DD. 09:30-13:30. Free admittance.
30 Leicester Branch: Display and Sales at Leicester University Botanic Garden Open Day, Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 2LD. 11:00-17:00.
July 2019
7 Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch Show: at Wilmslow Show, The Carnival Fields, Altrincham Road (A538), Wilmslow, SK9 5NG. 11:00-17:00.
7 Zone 14: BCSS Members Day and Mart, Crockham Hill Village Hall, Church Lane, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 6RP. 10:00-15:00. Details from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
10 Bradford Branch Auction: Saltaire Methodist Church Hall, Saltaire Road, Shipley, BD18 3HJ. 19:15.
13-14 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
13-14 Zone 15 Show: Hilltop Lodge, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM3 8RA. 10:00-17:00.
17-21 Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Display at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, National Plant Societies Section, Showground, Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN. 10:00-18:30 each day, except Sunday 10:00-17:00. RHS only on Wednesday.
20 Oxford Branch & Haworthia Society Show: Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove, OX12 7LB. 10:00-15:30. Details from Bill Darbon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
21 Edenbridge Branch Show: Crockham Hill Village Hall, Church Lane, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 6RP. 11:00-15:30. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
27 Teesside Branch Show: Cleveland Show, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR. 09:30-16:30.
27 Harrow Branch Show, Saturday 27th July 2019 - 10am to 4pm, St Thomas More RC Church, 32 Field End Road Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex. HA5 2QT. Show judge & plant sales - Graham Charles.
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28 William's Cactus open day. Holmsley Lane Brierley, Barnsley S72 9EX
Entrance on the side road next to the bungalow
30-1 Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at New Forest Show, New Park, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH. 09:00-18:00.
August 2019
1-5 Zone 15: Display and Plant Sales at RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM3 8RA. 10:00-17:00.
2-3 Somerset Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Taunton Flower Show, Vivary Park, Taunton, TA1 3QG. Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00. Details at www.tauntonfs.co.uk
4 Northumbria Branch "Day at the seaside": educational display of succulents including cacti, at Newbiggin by the Sea Maritime Centre (last building bar one before Norway) NE64 6DB. 10.00-4-00. SUNDAY August 4th. No charge =- all welcome - excellent cafe, views, promenade & beaches.
10 BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.
15-18 Southport Branch: Display at Southport Flower Show, Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ.
16-18 Cactus Explorers Weekend: Convention Centre, University of Leicester. Bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
17 Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Display and Sales at Disley Show, Jacksons Edge Road, Disley, SK12 2JR. 12:00-17:00.
17 North Fylde Branch: Display, Plant Sales and Competitive Classes at Thornton Cleveleys Horticultural Society Flower, Arts & Crafts Show, Millfield Science & Performing Arts College, Belvedere Road, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 5DG. 13:00-18:00.
18 Portsmouth & District Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Purbrook Horticultural Show, Crookhorn College, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, PO7 5UD. 14:00-16:15.
24 Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Display at Poynton Show, Poynton Park, 220 Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1RQ. 10:00-17:00.
24-25 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Fuchsia Show and Gladiola Show, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
25-26 Havering Branch: Plant Sales at Harrow Lodge Town Show, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, RM11 1JR. 11:00-18:00.
26 Portsmouth & District Branch: Display and Sales at Emsworth Show, Jubilee Recreation Ground, Horndean Road, Emsworth, PO10 7PT. 10:30-17:00.
30-1 BCSS Showing and Judging Weekend: Moulton College, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7RR. Details from Bill Darbon: 01993 881926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
31 Leeds Branch: Display and Sales at Pudsey Summer Show, United Reform Church, School Lane, Pudsey, LS28 8PN. 14:00-17:30.
September 2019
6-8 ELK Conference: Blankenberg, Belgium. Details from David Rushforth: 01704 563849.
6-8 Fife Branch / Zone 18: Display, Sales and Competitive Classes at Dundee Flower and Food Festival, Camperdown Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF. 10:00-17:30.
13-15 York Branch Show: Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30. Further details from Show Secretary David Fair: 01904 705207.
14 Littlehampton Branch: Cactus Classes & Plant Sales at Littlehampton Town Show & Family Fun Day, Rosemead Park, East Street, Littlehampton, BN17 6ED. 13:30-16:30.
14 Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at Romsey Show, Broadlands Park, Romsey, SO51 9ZD. 09:00-18:00.
21 Teesside Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Stokesley Show, The Showground, Helmsley Road, Stokesley, TS9 5JL. 09:30-16:30.
21-22 CactusWorld Live - a succulent adventure: Lullingstone Castle , Eynsford, Kent, DA4 OJA. 11:00-17:00. Show, mart, displays, talks, demonstrations and tours of the World Garden by Tom Hart Dyke. In conjunction with Lullingstone's Mexican Celebration Weekend to include floral displays, Mexican food, mariachi bands and entry to the castle. Admission: £5 each for BCSS members and their partners, £10 for general public; free for children under 15.
28 Portsmouth & District Branch Autumn Show: Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5AU. 11:00-15:30. Schedules from Branch Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
28-29 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
October 2019
6 Birmingham Branch Autumn Show: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00-16:00.
6 Exeter Branch Convention: Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exeter, EX8 5JY. 9:00-17:00.

Speakers: Derek Tribble 'What's new with Cotyledon, Adromischus & Tylecodon' and 'Eight days in Namibia 2007' and Graham Charles 'Matucana in habitat and culture' and 'Columnar cacti of Peru'. Tickets £15, including lunch. Details from Branch Secretary.

6 Zone Representatives Meeting: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00.
9 Cambridge Branch Autumn Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ. 19:30-22:00.
12 North West Mesemb Show: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:15-15:45.

Speaker: Alice Vanden Bon (14:00). Details and schedules from Peter Bint: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

13 Bristol Branch Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture: Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve Hill Road, Cleeve, Bristol, BS49 4PH. 14:00-17:30.

Speaker: Graham Evans 'The magnificent Matucanas'. Tickets in advance from Bristol branch secretary.

26 Zone 3 Rally: Carlton WMC, Main St, Carlton, Wakefield WF3 3RW. 09:00-17:00.
December 2019
7 BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00

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April 2020
4 Saturday 4th April - South East Cactus Mart: Swalecliffe and Chestfield Community Centre, 19 St Johns Rd, Whitstable, CT6 2QU. 10:00-15:00. More info see BCSS Forum - News and Events Page or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
19 Zone 12 Convention, Crawley Horticultural Society Hall, Ifield Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7AJ. Speakers to include Graham Charles. More details to follow.
26 Zone 9 Convention: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB. 10:00-17:00.