Sir Ian McKellen to open flower show at Blenheim Palace

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen

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A star of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Sir Ian McKellen swaps fantasy for flora when he opens this year’s Blenheim Palace Flower Show

He opens the event running from Friday June 17 to Saturday June 19 which takes place in the grounds of the country house.

Sir Ian has gained more than 60 awards for acting and was awarded the Companion of Honour by the Queen in 2007 for services to drama and equality.

He said: “I am really looking forward to visiting Blenheim Palace on Friday June 17. It is 300 years since the birth of Capability Brown.

“It will be intriguing to see how he transformed the Palace’s parkland and how it looks today.”

A record number of floral and garden exhibitors are taking part this year which marks the fourth edition of the Blenheim Palace Flower Show at the World Heritage Site in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, which was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Show director Matthew Upson, managing director of Aztec Events, said: “Blenheim Palace Flower Show has really established itself as one of the great summer occasions and there couldn’t be a finer setting for a flower show than the beautiful landscape of Blenheim Palace.”

For more information or to book discounted advance tickets to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, visit www.blenheimflowershow.co.uk. Advanced tickets are priced from £12 for adults and £5.50 for children at the gate.