County on show

High­lights of the 2019 Royal Nor­folk Show

EDP Norfolk - - WHAT’S ON IN NORFOLK -

Royal watch­ers will be thrilled to see Her Royal High­ness The Count­ess of Wes­sex at the first day of the show as she ful­fils a se­ries of en­gage­ments as part of her role as this year’s Pres­i­dent.

The hugely pop­u­lar Mu­si­cal Ride of the House­hold Cav­alry re­turns to the Grand Ring, while the spec­tac­u­lar RAF Fal­cons para­chute dis­play team will be dropping in and, to mark the NFU’s cen­te­nary, there will be a pageant por­tray­ing farm­ing’s progress since 1919.

New to the ring is a pa­rade of Rolls Royces from as far back as 1898. Com­pe­ti­tion will be hot too – the enor­mously pop­u­lar Horse of the Year Show qual­i­fiers will bring out top-level showjumper­s and the im­pres­sive Grand Pa­rade, fea­tur­ing each day’s live­stock cham­pi­ons, will pro­vide a tra­di­tional spec­ta­cle.

Other high­lights in­clude an even big­ger hor­ti­cul­tural area packed with gar­den­ers, chefs and lo­cal pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing Michael Perry, Mr Plant Geek and Ade Sel­lars of Agents of Field. Showgoers will also be able to marvel at mas­sive farm­ing ma­chin­ery and hi-tech equip­ment and meet rare breeds of sheep, cat­tle, pigs and poul­try.

The very best of Nor­folk produce will fea­ture in the Ad­nams Food and Drink Ex­pe­ri­ence and Flavours Food Hub where vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover, taste and sam­ple a huge range of prod­ucts.

Live mu­sic will of­fer the per­fect sound­track at the Royal Nor­folk Show. Build­ing on last year’s suc­cess­ful mid-sum­mer evening pro­gramme, the show will again stay open later. Vis­i­tors can en­joy the show, stands and the food and drink hall and then join the party at a new mini-fes­ti­val with live mu­sic on Wednesday evening.

James Hill, the new show di­rec­tor, is look­ing for­ward to his first show and said: “This year will see a won­der­ful mix of food, farm­ing and coun­try­side with an­other im­pres­sive Grand Ring and en­ter­tain­ment line-up. Once again, we will cel­e­brate the very best the county has to of­fer, from show­cas­ing the best in agri­cul­ture in our com­mu­nity, to wel­com­ing some of the finest an­i­mals, com­peti­tors, farm­ers, mu­si­cians, hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists, pro­duc­ers and artists from across the county.”

Tick­ets for the show, on June 26 and 27, are on sale now at roy­al­nor­folk­show.co.uk Free car park­ing when tick­ets are bought in ad­vance on­line. An ad­vance two-day adult ticket is £34, a sav­ing of £18 against two sin­gle adult tick­ets at the gate for each day.

An ad­vance one-day adult ticket is £22, a child’s ad­vance one-day ticket (aged 5-16) is £8 (un­der 5’s free) and an ad­vance fam­ily ticket (2 adults and 3 chil­dren aged 5-16) is £49. Con­ces­sions are also avail­able.

ABOVE: There will be masses to see in the Grand Ring

BE­LOW LEFT: The hor­ti­cul­tural area will be even big­ger this year

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