Royal County of Berkshire Show
PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:43 04 September 2013
With just a few weeks to go until the Royal County of Berkshire Show, preparations are at fever pitch
A tented town has sprung up at Newbury Showground, with volunteers devoting every weekend to marking out the 700-acre site ready for 600 craft stands and shops, offering everything from tractors to one-of-a-kind treats and gifts. Over the weekend of 21st to 22nd September, some 2,000 animals, 600 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors are expected to descend.
Headlining the fun-filled countryside adventure on the first day is the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team’s colourful and courageous freefall display. Another helping of aerial excitement comes on the Sunday courtesy of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s amazing trio of Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.
The livestock pens will welcome a record 867 sheep, along with cows, goats, llamas, pigs and poultry. This year’s animal highlights include the prestigious Rare Breeds Survival Trust competition for young sheep handlers, along with the captivating Sheep Show in which the woolly stars dance to disco music. There will also be some fascinating agricultural machinery to see, both new and old.
Those in search of some retail therapy will be delighted by the high end shopping, ideal for unique early Christmas presents. “You really can shop ‘til you drop,” says show manager, Laura Priestley-Cooper. “The emphasis is on individual goods, which you may well not find on your high street. We’re particularly keen to encourage smaller exhibitors who you would not usually see at a large show, offering more unusual items.” New this year is an additional country clothing aisle located on Avenue B, offering some of the finest country clothing and accessories from the likes of Bredon Hill Shooting and the Country Clothing Store. The Shopping Pavilion is home to an array of fine jewellery, tailored clothing and gifts, including those from Joules and HiHo Silver, which specialises in sterling silver jewellery and gifts with equestrian and country style designs. Many of the items are British-designed and produced and some, like Ascot Top Hats, are particularly local to the showground.
For children, one of the highlights will be the Sports Zone with its host of hands-on activities for children and displays of BMX and skateboarding from Team Extreme.
This is the last chance to buy discounted tickets – advance ticket sales from the box office close at 5pm on 13th September, with ticket outlets at close of business on 20th September. More information from www.berkshireshow.co.uk or call 01635 247155