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Tickets available now for the Royal County of Berkshire Show

PUBLISHED: 09:56 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:56 27 June 2014

Arena events include excellent show jumping classes

Arena events include excellent show jumping classes

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Get your tickets now for Berkshire County Show, the weekend event offering exciting thrills and spills alongside traditional countryside activities

The Honda Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross team are coming to townThe Honda Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross team are coming to town

The countdown has begun for the Royal County of Berkshire Show on 20 and 21 September. This year, it’s the ‘have a go’ show, with a raft of hands-on opportunities lined up for those who like action on their day out.

From den building to stunt biking and from setting up an allotment to 4x4 Land Rover training – this year’s show will have a wide selection of activities in which visitors can get actively involved. Others include the hugely popular Army Zone which incorporates an assault course and the all-action Sports Zone. There will also be new opportunities for children to get up close with some of the 2,000 animals that make the show one of Britain’s top ten.

Popular demand sees the return of the hilarious dancing ‘Sheep Show’ along with a host of established favourites like heavy horses, hard-working farriers, country area displays and a packed programme of show jumping. Amongst the impressive cattle will be the delightful Dexters with their national championships.

All this takes place in a 150-acre tented town that provides a unique opportunity to shop for everything from amazing crafts to sumptuous foods. But most thrilling of all may be the main ring highlight. “We’ve secured one of our most spectacular attractions yet,” says Show Manager, Laura Priestley-Cooper. “Fresh from success on TV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, The Honda Bolddog Lings will be wowing the crowds on both days with their daredevil motorcycle acrobatics. I think we’ll all be on the edge of our seats!”

Their gravity defiant freestyle motocross show features the largest and most sophisticated truck and landing ramp in the world. It allows the riders to jump gaps of over 75 feet and reach heights of over 35ft in the air.

The stunts are bound to particularly appeal to the younger showgoers, which is a real priority for this year’s Show Chairwoman, Rhona Tucker and President Zoe Benyon (jewellery designer and wife of Newbury MP Richard Benyon).

Like 400 others, Rhona and Zoe are volunteers, and are keen to attract new recruits. Run by registered charity, the Newbury & District Agricultural Society, and with only a small full-time team, the show depends heavily upon volunteers in a wide range of roles.

For this year’s event, the society is looking in particular for volunteers to act as stewards over the show weekend. This can be anything from an extra pair of hands in the horse section, to a behind-the-scenes assistant in the cookery theatre kitchen.

“The show simply could not happen without its volunteers,” says Laura Priestley-Cooper. “We have always been very fortunate in attracting enthusiastic people who are happy to give their time, but they are getting thinner on the ground and we need to attract fresh faces.”

Tickets are on sale at the online box office, over the phone and in a number of local outlets. A family of four can save up to £16 by buying before 31 July. More information from www.berkshireshow.co.uk or call 01635 247111

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