Opening Times: Usually from late May to late November
(at the start and end of season, please call to check before making a special journey)
A wonderful display of colourful chilli plants in all shapes and sizes. The best time to visit the Show Tunnel is from late July onwards, when most of the plants will have ripe fruits and the collection of colours and shapes are stunning. We display around 150 - 200 varieties of chilli plant in the Show Tunnel. Each plant has a name label with some description about where it comes from or how it is used. There are weird and wonderful names for chilli plants and some interesting facts accompany many of the plants.
At the start of the growing season, the Show Tunnel is a lovely warm sheltered spot to hide away from any cloud, wind or rain - you can close your eyes and imagine you are in the Mediterranean. In summer, on a sunny day, the show tunnel can get almost tropical - over 35 degrees centigrade! however you can usually find a little shade at the far end where we have a couple of resident banana plants.
The Show Tunnel Quiz - fun for all the family - each year we put together a quiz sheet, with fun clues leading to chilli plant names.