The festival of farming, food and fun is set for a spectacular Show!
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society are preparing for an exciting weekend as the Royal County of Berkshire Show returns on the 15th and 16th September.
This year, organisers are looking forward to showcasing many new attractions and activities as well as some changes that visitors will find refreshing. The biggest new addition is that dogs are welcome to the Showground, and with the introduction of a Dog Zone, there will be plenty for your furry friends to enjoy!
Organisers will be welcoming back the amazing Bolddog Lings motorbike stunt team, and a spectacular display of farming and machinery spanning 100 years since the end of the First World War will top the bill in the Main Arena.
Visitors can expect a wide variety of fun ‘have-a-go’ activities across the showground; from helping a blacksmith make a pointer, sitting in a working combine harvester, petting animals down on the farm, to making your own button hole, trying out the many sports activities in the Sports Zone and even having your selfie taken with a real unicorn! They’ll be something for all the family to enjoy.
The brand new Dog Zone is barking mad, with scurry and agility classes as well as family fun competitions such as the cutest puppy, lookalike lovelies, waggiest tail plus many more.
The popular Food Fayre has been relocated but still offering amazing food to tantalise your taste buds. And the Flower Tent has had an overhaul, relocating to the Village Green and the introduction of a café and new domestic classes.
Animal lovers will be pleased to hear that livestock sections have attracted a wide variety of breeds from across the UK, while the show jumping competitions bring some of the UK’s finest riders together. The formula 1 of equine, the Scurry Driving Championships returns and promises to deliver edge-of-your-seat action, whilst the side saddle display team offer a more graceful art of riding. And why not familiarise yourself with Horn Blowing during the Coaching competitions in the Main Arena.
Patricia Marks, Chief Executive Officer, Newbury & District Agricultural Society comments “This will be my first Royal County of Berkshire Show since being appointed as Chief Executive of the Society in April this year. We are calling 2018 the year of change as we have new team members, a new layout, new attractions and are looking forward to welcoming dogs for the first time in a number of years. Behind the scenes the committees, volunteers, staff, contributors, contractors, exhibitors and competitors have all been working incredibly hard to ensure all our visitors have a great fun day out, learning, understanding and exploring all that is food, farming, rural life and country living. We look forward to welcoming one and all!
- Showcasing the very best of British food and farming, check out the Food & Farming Zone which will give you the opportunity to try a variety of hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and learn about why supporting British farming is so important.
- A shopper’s heaven! We are welcoming a range of businesses, from clothes and accessories to garden furniture, food and crafts and everything in between, many of which can't be found on the high street. And you'll get to know more about where your goods come from by speaking with the people who have made them!
- Miller’s Ark Farm – kids and adults can cuddle goats, tickle piglets, hold baby chicks and groom donkeys.
- Watch over 2,000 animals compete for Champion of Champions in the many competitions over the weekend, as well as taking part in the spectacular Grand Parade of Livestock.
- The Vintage Area will be commemorating the end of the First World War with a collection of machinery and equipment such as a rack-saw, threshing machine, working tractors, stationery engines and much more!
- Savage Skills return with their BMX and Parkour skills as well as offering a ‘have-a-go’ activity for families. There will also be many sports activities to try in the Sports Zone too!
- The Royal British Legion Band & Corps of Drums Romford are one of the longest running independent youth bands in the country. With 10 world titles to their name, the Band were the first youth band to appear at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The Society is a not-for-profit organisation with a charitable status and so relies on the help and support of over 400 volunteers; from labelling up and posting out tickets, collecting and cleaning trophies to stewarding and customer service over the weekend of the show.
The show has worked with the local authority to fine-tune its traffic management plan for the weekend. Visitors are advised to follow the AA signs to the showground rather than relying on SatNav. The Show opens at 8am and closes at 6pm on both days.
Where to buy your tickets:
1. Online – www.berkshireshow.co.uk - advanced rate until Friday 14th September
2. Various outlets, see the Berkshire Show website for a list
3. On the gate