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Packed programme of agricultural and countryside attractions at 73rd Aylsham Show

PUBLISHED: 07:05 26 August 2019 | UPDATED: 07:05 26 August 2019

Aylsham Show 2018.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Aylsham Show 2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

About 17,000 visitors are expected to flock to the parkland of the National Trust's Blickling Estate today to enjoy the Aylsham Show, which celebrates the countryside, farming and food.

Aylsham Show 2018.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYAylsham Show 2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Plenty of new attractions and dozens of old favourites, including the livestock classes, are on the bill at the annual Bank Holiday Monday event.

In the main ring new displays will include the Stallions of Substance equestrian display team - four sisters with their younger brother performing motorbike stunts - and the Auto Stunts International motor-stunts display team.

Overhead, visitors can admire the Wildcats aerobatics team in daredevil action.

New show president Clare Buxton will arrive in a driverless tractor, courtesy of Ben Burgess.

Aylsham Show 2018.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYAylsham Show 2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Other attractions include driving classes, a heavy-horse display, and the North Norfolk Harriers hunting dog pack.

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Competitions for children include the Black Sheep sack race, fancy dress, and a tug-of-war, and Punch and Judy will be setting up stall.

Winners of the livestock classes will join the grand parade, and the show will also see this year's Aylsham Show Food Heroes receive their awards.

Aylsham Show 2018. Robert Mawer with his supreme beef champion.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYAylsham Show 2018. Robert Mawer with his supreme beef champion. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Sheep Show, Worstead spinners, Norfolk Poultry Club, North Walsham Aviculture, Norfolk Dog Training, classic cars and military vehicles, and the Starting Handle Club's vintage machinery display will all add to the fun and variety.

There will be music from the Aylsham Band and Jelly Roll Jazz Band and a variety of outdoor pursuits will include Fakenham Bowmen and the North East Norfolk Scouts, giving visitors the opportunity to try archery and wall-climbing.

For those who don't fancy a long walk, Lennie the Land Train will be running around the grounds, free of charge.

A spokesman for the 73rd Aylsham Show, said: "The stately grounds of Blickling Hall will host a packed programme of agricultural and countryside attractions for all ages and interests, offering an affordable and fun family day out."

Aylsham Show 2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLYAylsham Show 2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

- Gates open 8am. First main ring event 10.15am. Tickets: £18 on the day (children 16 and under are free), £15 in advance. Parking is free. For more information see theaylshamshow.co.uk.

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