Aylsham Show a celebration of country life

An annual showcase of country life is gearing up for its annual mix of livestock, arena entertainment and family fun.The 63rd Aylsham Show takes place at Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday when organisers are hoping good weather will boost attendances and help produce another spin-off crop of charity cash.

An annual showcase of country life is gearing up for its annual mix of livestock, arena entertainment and family fun.

The 63rd Aylsham Show takes place at Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday when organisers are hoping good weather will boost attendances and help produce another spin-off crop of charity cash.

Last year's event raised a record �42,500 which supported 46 local good causes and beat the previous year's record total by �500.

This year's show is aiming to attract another 15,000-strong crowd with its time-honoured blend of a traditional agricultural show, with a celebration of rural life, livestock judging, showjumping, and main ring action.


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New this year is a Royal Tournament-style field gun race being done by the Young Farmers Clubs wheeling, dismantling and carrying specially-built carriages over obstacles.

There is daredevil motorcycle action from the Bolddog Lings Freestyle display tam, parachuting from the Royal Artillery Black Knights, animal training from the Essex Dog Display Team and the aerial nostalgia of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Children can also take part in the traditional sack race, tug of war and fancy dress.

Food fans can watch demonstrations in the cookery theatre. There are art and craft marquees, military and classic vehicles, and rides for youngsters.

The show is an end-of-summer, after-harvest social event for the farming world, but secretary Chris Self said it was also keen to provide something for all the family and get children involved, including in the livestock section through young handler classes, adding 'We are praying for continuation of the good weather.'

Aylsham Show gates open at 8am on Monday, August 31. Admission �10 adults, children under 16 and parking free. Main ring events start in earnest from 11.30am following the arrival of the show president Charles Barratt. More information on www.aylshamshow.co.uk

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