We pick the best Country Shows taking place in the East of England this summer
28-29 May, Hertfordshire Country Show, The Showground, Redbourn, Herts
Now in its 130th year, the show is one the UK’s premier county and agricultural Shows. Great entertainment for the whole family there will be over 1,500 animals, 300 exhibitors, food hall and an extensive displays programme.
1-2 June, The Suffolk Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk
The annual show celebrates agriculture and farming life. Its renowned for its grand ring displays, amazing animals, spectacular show jumping and local produce. This year highlights include the Shetland Pony Grand National and motorcycle display team the Bolddog Lings.
5 June, The Cambridgeshire County Show, Wimpole Home Farm, Cambs
This year the show celebrates its 17th 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.
18-19 June, The Bedfordshire Country Fair, Wrest Park, Beds
A fun and active show for all ages, the day offers a great range of displays, livestock, steam engines and children’s entertainment including bottle feeding lambs and historical re-enactments. On Sunday the event will host the Companion Dog Show, where canine friends are welcome along.
9-10 July, Knebworth country Show, Knebworth House, Herts
A brand new show for 2016, there will be countryside activities, championship events, entertainment and first class demonstrations set within the beautiful Knebworth Park. Highlights include sheep racing, the Rockwood dog display team, pigeon clay shooting, gun dog championships and a ‘Terrier & Lurcher’ show. There will be plenty of family fun activities, plus traditional rural crafts and the Knebworth Folk Roots Festival.
7 August, The Wayland Show, Watton, Norfolk
One of the UK’s longest running traditional agricultural shows in the UK, it provides families with a fun-filled, dynamic and educational day out in the Norfolk countryside. With a new start time of 9am, this year features music from The Phoenix Band of Pipes and Drums, quad bike bike stunt show from The Kangaroo Kids and a new Shopping Village.