A festival of farming, food and fun
The Royal County of Berkshire Show returns to Newbury Showground on September 15 and 16. For the first time, visitors are now able to bring their dogs to the show too - with a new dog zone offering plenty of have-a-go activities to keep them amused.
This year will see the Show commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, with a demonstration of advancements in agricultural technology. Another main attraction will see the amazing Bolddog Lings motorbike stunt team return to the Show in spectacular style, bringing with them their flips, jumps and tricks - and the longest landing ramp in the world.
This year visitors are being encouraged to 'have-a-go', with a huge number of activities on offer for everyone to try their hand at. These include:
- Berkshire Youth ‘Splat Team’ will be hosting events such as archery, a step challenge and circus skills
- Go Ape
- X Calibre airgun training
- Help make a pointer stick with the blacksmiths
- Canny Crafts – create your own piece of art using recycled cans
- A working combine harvester for youngsters to sit in
- Mini petting farm
- Spot the Queen Bee in a live beehive
- Pond dipping
- Meet the hounds in the main arena
- Meet and hold reptiles and amphibians
More than 55,000 people are expected to flock to the showground for this year's event and, as well as its new dog-friendly status, a number of other changes have been made to make the day more enjoyable. The ever popular Food Marquee will have a new home, at the far side of the showground, with just as many tempting treats to tantalise those taste buds.
The Flower Tent is moving to the Village Green and has been given a fresh new look, with the introduction of a café and new domestic classes for the public to enter. There will also be a new Wedding Showcase nearby. Another new feature is an Enterprise Zone, which will showcase a number of new businesses that have been trading for less than 12 months.
And the Show wouldn't be the same without its spectacular livestock line-up. Award-winning cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens will all be vying for the champion of champions title, with the winners announced at the prestigious Livestock Parade in the main arena every day.
Ian Wilson, chairman of the Show, says: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming our visitors to the Show in September as well as their dogs. A huge number of livestock will descend upon the showground, which is the last major show on the circuit with many prestigious prizes to be won in the competitions we hold. I’m also excited to see all the many changes we’ve made to the showground this year, which will improve the visitor experience.”