Chelsea Flower Show cracks down on touts

Chelsea Flower Show organisers are campaigning against online ticket agencies which are charging up to £250 for tickets to the sold-out event.

The RHS is urging gardeners not to buy over-priced tickets to Chelsea Flower show- image: HW
The RHS is urging gardeners not to buy over-priced tickets to Chelsea Flower show- image: HW
The agencies are charging up to six times the face value for tickets after all 157,000 tickets were sold in record time. is offering tickets for up to £253 each. Its price includes a £31 booking fee. is charging up to £243 each, including a "processing fee" of £36 and £9 postage. is quoting up to £196.50 - £145, plus transaction fees of £43.50 and £8 postage. Tickets are also fetching £250 per pair on eBay.

RHS director general Sue Biggs urged gardeners not to buy tickets from touts, and warned online buyers they would be denied entry if their tickets turned out to be fakes.

The RHS originally charged £45 for all-day passes, £25 for afternoon entry and £19 for the morning. All the tickets went by May 6, 18 days before the show opens to the public on May 24.

Biggs said:

"RHS Chelsea tickets have now sold out, so can I please ask people to not spend extortionate money via touts on tickets that may not be authentic and risk being refused entry."

Although reselling legitimate tickets online is legal, RHS spokesman Phil McCann said that they would be checking websites and working closely with police.

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