Suffolk Show: Military Machine on display

Suffolk Show visitors will have the opportunity to experience world-class military machinery and demonstrations up close at this week at Trinity Park in Ipswich on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May.

From exploring the Apache Attack helicopter to having a go at laser combat, the Military Discovery Zone is expected to again draw huge crowds with an action-packed area of fun activities for the whole family.

Hosted by Bury St Edmunds-based 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, visitors will have the chance to meet local military personnel and learn about the work of the Suffolk military community, as well exploring their machinery, weapons systems, vehicles and equipment.

Other attractions include meeting the Royal Anglian Regiment, RAF Police, RAF Regiment Personnel and their Field Squadron capabilities, and watching a robot ‘bomb suit’ demonstration by a United States Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team based at RAF Lakenheath.

Another addition this year is the Wattisham Meteorological Mobile Weather Station, which provides the chance for visitors to have a go at being forecasters by presenting the weather in a green screen studio, while discovering how the TV experts make their predictions.

Major James Milnes, Military Discovery Zone coordinator at the Suffolk Show, said: “It’s an important role and honour to represent the region’s military, and the Suffolk Show always provides the perfect platform for the Suffolk military community to engage with local people and showcase first-hand the sheer breadth of modern machinery and equipment which are used in combat.

“We look forward to demonstrating and sharing our military capabilities, and showcasing opportunities for service in both regular and reserve units within UK military.”

Playing underwater noughts and crosses in dive tanks with underwater military divers, and hopping on top of the Digger Land to move entrenched mud, are some of the other free activities on offer at the Military Discover Zone. The Suffolk Cadets and service charities will also be on hand to provide additional information about military work and careers.

The Suffolk Show is organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association who, as a charity, aim to encourage and facilitate positive engagement between the public and those working in food, farming and the countryside. The SAA achieves this through the Suffolk Show as well as a series of education programmes aimed at young people in schools and colleges.

Tickets for this year’s Suffolk Show are now on sale at the same great value as last year. From May 18 to midnight tonight 28th May, advanced tickets cost £28 for adults while children aged under 15 will once again receive free entry.

The Suffolk Show App is now available to download for free again, with new features and a fun new activity trail with great prizes to win. For more information and to book tickets visit or call the ticket office on 01473 707117.