So much to see and do
HORSE lovers will have plenty to see at the show as equines of all shapes and sizes will feature strongly throughout.
From Shires to Shetlands, a visit to the equine area, with a packed and varied programme will not fail to interest horse lovers of all kinds. Displays include heavy horses, side-saddle riding, the retraining of racehorses, donkeys and miniature horses.
The show jumping competitions bring together many of the country’s leading exhibitors for three days of top class competitions.
This year show jumping will be in the main arena. These classes always attract top riders from throughout the country.
Don’t forget to visit the equestrian village featuring a wide range of specialist exhibitors, providing everything for the horse enthusiast.
Vintage agricultural machinery, steam and classic cars will have a larger section this year and the demonstrations and parades by these magnificent machines will be a treat for all nostalgia buffs.
Food remains at the heart of the show and the children’s Great British pasty kitchen will instruct youngsters on how their food gets from the farm to their plate in a hands on way.
The food hall will contain many of the region’s best food and drink producers, selling their delicious produce.
You will also be able to gain inspiration in the food demonstration theatre, while the finalists in the school food challenge will amaze you with their skills as they battle it out for this prestigious trophy tomorrow.
There is plenty of opportunity for retail therapy, with more than 400 retail stands to choose from, including lifestyle and fashion, a craft fair and the food hall.
East of England garden show exhibitor Hannah DeAngelis with some of her garden sculptures.
The society is also delighted to announce record entries across the livestock classes at this year’s show.
There will be more than 540 head of cattle, 440 sheep and 100 pigs all making up a fabulous display of farm livestock from across the UK.
Beef cattle will be especially strong, as this year’s show is also hosting the English National Charolais Show.
The Grand Parade of Livestock will take place at 3.30pm on Saturday in the cattle ring.
Few will be able to resist the Peterborough International Orchid Show, which will have a huge display of fabulous orchids and exhibitors coming from around the world.
Back for its fourth year, there will be a full programme of lectures over the weekend, as part of the British Orchid Council Congress.
Lectures will be priced at £3 per lecture (free to congress registrants):
These are as follows: Saturday, 11.15am to 12.15pm, Michael McIllmurray, The Genus Maxillaria; 2pm to 3pm, Jeff Hutchings, Growing Hardy Orchids in a British Garden; 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Ivan Portilla, Orchids of Ecuador
Then on Sunday: 10am to 11am, Tina Stagg, The Aesthetics of Orchid Growing – Why We Like What We Like; 11.30am to 12.30pm, Michael Ooi, Sharing My Knowledge Of Orchids; 2pm to 3pm, Richard Warren, Orchids on a Virtual Tree
Visitors to the orchid marquee will be able to vote for the most fragrant orchid – giving them the opportunity to win the right to name a new hybrid orchid.
The winning entry will be drawn at 4pm on Sunday and the name registered with the official registrar of orchid names. The winner will receive a copy of the registration document.
For more information on the festival, visit www.eastofengland. org.uk
The Devil’s Horsemen riding in the Main Arena last year.
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