Racing Shetland ponies, an eight foot robot, themed shopping villages, delicious street food, celebrity chefs, hours of top class showjumping, hundreds of livestock, a bespoke Lynx and Apache demonstration are among the line up for this year’s Suffolk Show to be held at Trinity Park on the 1st and 2nd June.
“Suffolk’s biggest two day event is a celebration of all the many wonderful aspects of life in this vibrant county,” said executive director Christopher Bushby. “This year we are starting from a real position of strength and building on the successes achieved last year when nearly 90,000 visitors came through the gates, the highest number since 2004, we had record entry levels for equine and livestock and 750 trade stand bookings.”
HRH The Princess Royal is to attend this year’s Suffolk Show on Wednesday 1st June. This will be the Princess Royal’s fourth visit to the Show. The first was as Princesses Anne in 1982, the second and third visits as the Princess Royal in 1998 and 2004 respectively. Her Royal Highness’s programme is currently being finalised but she is expected to visit all four corners of the Show and present the Long Service Awards to individuals who have worked for more than 30 years in the agricultural industry. She will be meeting many different people representing many organisations that make up the Show. Her visit will truly enhance what already promises to be a very exciting Show.
In keeping with Government initiatives focussing on food, and the county’s ever increasing interest in locally grown and produced, a new catering area called Eat Street will provide families and groups of friends with an avenue lined with different catering stalls from which they can each select different sorts of freshly prepared meals, but sit together on picnic benches to enjoy.
This is in addition and a different offering to the Adnams’ Food and Drink Experience in the Food Hall where stalls selling and showcasing products to eat now and take home can be sampled and purchased, together with the new Adnams gins and vodkas.
Next door in the cookery theatre, winners of BBC 2 television’s “A Farmer’s Life for Me” Ray and Jayne will be among the producers and chefs in the celebrity line-up. Coastal chef Chris Crubrough with Norfolk butcher Arthur Howells will be getting to grips with cuts of meat, Galton Blackiston cooking Gressingham Duck and Melton-based British Larder owner Madalene Bonvini-Hamel will be demonstrating how to make simple, but delicious meals for day to day and special occasions. A celebrity surprise Ready Steady Cook, is also on the menu.
In addition there is a chance to see some of the country’s leading showjumpers as well as competitors for the first time at the Show for the Horse of the Year Show and Olympia qualifiers. As well as the exciting Royal International horse show qualifiers.
All cattle judging has been moved closer into the main Show area enabling visitors, from about 8am, to see more than 400 animals judged. In addition, the Show is the only agricultural show in the country to host the 100 delegates from the International Red Poll Cattle World Congress, two of which will be judging the Red Poll classes.
With the 2012 Olympics on the horizon the Suffolk Sport team have increased the size of the Village to accommodate 25 “come and have a try” sports. Ipswich Town Football Club, the 1981 winners of the UEFA cup will bring it “home” as a reminder of the blues’ glory days. Olympic hopefuls will be on hand as will the two Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville.
There will be entertainment in the President’s Ring from the child jockeys racing in the fast and furious Shetland Pony Grand National – a mad dash over mini Aintree hurdles – and looming high will be TV superstar Titan the Robot, a street entertainment act standing a mighty eight foot tall.
The army air corps from Wattisham will be staging an exclusive air to ground display using the Lynx, Apache and heavy armoured vehicles, on both days in the Grand ring. The Blue Brothers tribute band will round off events on Wednesday.
“Once again there really is something for everyone. The Show is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Suffolk and we are conscious of making it relevant for today,” said Christopher Bushby.
“We have worked hard to keep entry prices as low as possible. The advanced purchase price of £40 for a family of four including car parking gives about 10 hours of entertainment per person, which equates to about 90p per hour,” he added.
Discounted tickets costing £40 for a family of four including car parking, £17 for adults, £5.50 for ages 4-16, £15 for age 60+ and £4 car parking, can be bought online until Thursday May 26 at www.suffolkshow.co.uk. Visit the website for details of branches of the Post Office and other ticket outlets including major branches of Tesco and Sainsburys.
Full price tickets bought on the day are £43, £19, £7, £17 and £5 respectively.