On May 29th and 30th the Suffolk Show will lift the lid on all that people enjoy about living, working and relaxing in Suffolk, as its many communities come together for the 182nd Suffolk Show.
If it’s entertainment and displays, the Grand Ring has the awesome roaring Broke FMX amazing stunt bikes leaping into the air, the 23 Engineer Regiment (air Assault) from Rock Barracks constructing a battlefield bridge in a gruelling time challenge exercise that is a Show exclusive, the fast and furious Shetland Pony Grand National racing over the Aintree-style hurdles or the top class International show jumpers clearing 1.5m high jumps.
Among the avenues comprising 700plus trade stands, will be mesmerising street acts, the gigantic dancing eight metre high robot Titan, intriguing living statues and the 1940s Jitterbug Dancers.
If sport and the great outdoors are your interests, then Suffolk Sport is on hand with more than 40 to come and try including tennis, judo and football; but if food and drink consumes your leisure time there is plenty to indulge in, knowing it is produced right on your doorstep. Suffolk’s strength as a big foodie county is reflected in the various options – sampling and buying to take home in the Adnams Food and Drink Experience, watching local grown and reared transformed into tempting dishes in the cookery theatre, to having lunch with friends, all trying delicious different foods in the carnival-style atmosphere of Greene King’s Eat Street.
If you’re a gardener or need advice and looking for plants then the Flower and Garden Experience has experts on hand, model gardens for inspiration and some Chelsea-award winning specialists, not to mention stunning blooms.
The Show is the biggest pop–up retail space in the county with chic ladies fashions in boutique-style Fifth Avenue, a vast range of outdoor clothing and gifts, and the new home and garden area for items to transform the living space.
If animals and equine are your passion, there are over a thousand of them.
You’ll never see so many in one place, from tiny fluffy ducklings and rabbits to goats, sheep, horses, cows and bulls. Walk the cattle lines early in the morning for a peaceful, truly agricultural start to the day then catch up later with the winners in the Grand Parade of Champions. Or if you’ve children, they can be close to the animals on the children’s farm and watch the farriery, the goats being milked and donkeys judged or see traditional Suffolk skills in action.
Eight showing rings give 120 hours of equine activity over two days. The expanded equine village this year features the Newmarket Experience – a race-goers dream, a new demonstration ring featuring Bowen therapy, a new horse and pony breed line in open stables as well as accessories for horse and rider.
Buy and download your Show tickets online right until the eve of the Show at a reduced price at www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call 01473 707117. Price for a family ticket, comprising two adults and two children is £40 – you save £18 and it includes a car pass.
Gates open at 7.30am so all four of you can enjoy a packed eight hours for just £10 each, that’s just over £1 per hour.
Adults tickets are £18 (£20) over 60s £16 (£18) and children £5.50 (£7), family ticket (£43) and car park passes £4.00 (£5) prices on the day are in brackets. Under 4s are free.
Remember whatever your interests, you’ll find them at the Suffolk Show.