Gooseberry Society

Goostrey Gooseberry Show Saturday 27th July 2019 from 1pm at The Crown. Read a charming blog about the day….

Doug Carter 2019 winner. Photo Vic Gardener

The 2019 winner of the Heaviest Premier Berry was veteran grower Doug Carter, with a Bank View berry of 28 Pennyweights and 18 grains. 

The first Goostrey Gooseberry Show was in 1863; the first one held in the Red Lion, Goostrey.

The current Goostrey Gooseberry Society has been going since 1897.

It’s all about who can grow the heaviest Gooseberry, some of which can grow to the size of a hen’s egg! After 12 months of carefully tending their ‘goosegog’ bushes the members will be on tenterhooks from the day before for “The Gathering” – when they pick their berries in front of witnesses and lock them away in special boxes until the all important weigh-in on the Saturday…..will they have split overnight?….will they be the heaviest?…..

Fingers crossed the weather is kind to them….too much sun? ….too much rain?

The Society would be grateful for your support (go along to the annual Show and witness this lovely village tradition and buy a raffle ticket!). The Crown serve food and drinks to round off an exciting day. If you live in Goostrey, Allostock or Twemlow you can join the Society and help keep this tradition alive!

For more information on growing competitive gooseberries go to….

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