Grab your wellies and enjoy the very best of the East Anglian countryside with one of these great days out
Hertfordshire County Show, The Showground, Redbourn, 26-27 May
The Hertfordshire County Showground is the setting for many events throughout the year, including the annual Hertfordshire County Show, which traditionally takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The event attracts up to 38,000 visitors and displays the best of Hertfordshire. Come and see animals ranging from huge bulls to tiny ducks, spectacular displays and educational demonstrations. A fantastic family day out, combining free entertainment, fun, food and shopping.
Highlights: Don’t miss the new Stampede Stunt Company and Happy’s Big Top Circus
The Suffolk Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, 30-31 May
The annual Suffolk Show celebrates agriculture and farming life. It’s renowned for its grand ring displays, amazing animals, spectacular show jumping and local produce. There’s also a dedicated shopping area with fashion from local boutiques, crafts and homeaware.
Highlights: Shetland Pony Grand National and cookery theatre
St Albans Steam and Country Show, Oaklands College, St Albans, 2-3 June
A full day’s entertainment will be available for everyone at the St Albans Steam and Country Show. In addition to the old engines and farm equipment there will be stalls, a fairground and refreshments including a licensed bar. Demonstrations will be set up to show how the old equipment was used in days gone by. A working sawbench, threshing machine, stone crusher and other machinery will be at work. Ring events and parades will enable all the mobile exhibits to be moved on the field (if weather conditions allow).
Highlights: Check out the ring events and parades
The Cambridgeshire County Show, Wimpole Home Farm, Cambs, 3 June
This year the Cambridgeshire Country Show celebrates its 19th anniversary. With its roots firmly in agriculture and the rural community, the classic country show offers an exciting day of traditional crafts, livestock, food hall, rural crafts, displays, vintage tractors, fairground and ring events.
Highlights: Discover the region’s best produce at the food hall
Festival of Dogs, June to September
Calling all dog lovers! Bring your furry friend along for a fun family day out as the Festival of Dogs pops up across the region this summer. There’s plenty of have-a-go agility courses, the scurry, Dogs Have Talent contest and fun dog shows including waggist tail, most handsome dog and dog who looks most like their owner to name a few! The show will be at Highfield Park in St Albans on 30 June and 1 July, Elvedon from 7-8 July, Cassiobury Park Avenue in Watford from 26-27 August and Weald Country Park on 29-30 September.
The Wayland Show, Watton, Norfolk, 5 August
One of the UK’s longest running traditional agricultural shows in the UK, The Wayland Show provides families with a fun-filled, dynamic and educational day out in the Norfolk countryside. This year there’s animals galore, family fun, a dog show, shopping and a horticulture marquee. Tickets from £10.
Highlights: Visit the Health and Wellbeing Marquee
Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair, Knebworth House, Herts, 11-12 August
There will be something for everyone at the Country Life Fair; Steam & other Vintage Vehicles, children’s entertainers and circus workshops, plus rustic crafts, gifts and food marquees and trade stands. On the Sunday the event will host the Companion Dog Show – bring along a canine friend and have a go!
Highlights: Don’t miss the Equestrienne Horse Stunt Display Team
The Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre, Shuttleworth, Biggleswade, Beds, 14-16 September,
The annual Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. The Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society aims to give an insight into the country life at the turn of the 20th Century when steam was in its heyday. Many working demonstrations are taking place wherever you may care to roam on the 400 acre site.