Norfolk Show preview: What do I need to know?
14:19 23 June 2012
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Where do I buy tickets?
Advance tickets for this year’s Royal Norfolk Show can be bought from the EDP office at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, at district offices throughout the county and at www.edp24.co.uk – click ticket sales to buy. They are also available from www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk
This year’s advance ticket prices are: Adults £19, child (five to 16) £7, over-65s £17. Under-fives go free. A family ticket for up to two adults and three children is £50. Registered disabled people’s tickets are £17 and carers’ £10. Tickets can also be bought at the gate on the day. Car parking is £6.
What facilities are there for feeding and changing my baby?
There is a special unit available near the medical centre where mothers can breast feed in privacy. Parents will be able to bottle feed and nappy change in an adjoining room. There are also facilities for heating bottles.
Can I get cash out at the show?
Yes, there are cash machines for public use, which are marked on the map.
What happens if my child gets lost?
At each pedestrian entrance you will find a station manned by Lions Clubs International. Claim your free wristband for your child and write your mobile number on the reverse of the band. Should they become separated from you they will easily be reunited with your party. The elderly, vulnerable adults and even dogs are eligible for a wristband. A must for any parent or carer’s peace of mind!
Can I bring my dog to the showground?
The show welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads and responsible dog owners to the showground. However, dogs are not allowed in certain eating areas.
The doggy crèche, run by the PACT Animal Sanctuary is situated at the entrance to the Dog Show. You will be able to leave your dog there for a maximum of two hours for a small charitable donation while you get a spot of lunch. There is limited space so early booking is advised.
Please gather up all dog litter and dispose of it in the special bins provided on site. I am disabled, what facilities are there at the show?
Event Mobility Charitable Trust will be providing powered wheelchairs and electric scooters for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors to the shop. The charity requests a donation of £20 for the use of an electric scooter and £10 for a manual wheelchair for the day. The charity operates entirely from the generosity of donations and any contribution would be greatly appreciated. For further information visit www.eventmobility.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01386 725391.
Car park shuttle service
For the disabled and less able visitor, Holden Mobility will be running a shuttle service from the main entrance gates to and from the main car parks.
Pre-bookable parking spaces
There are a number of pre-bookable disabled spaces in the car parks. Car parking passes cost £6 and can be bought in advance from the Royal Norfolk Show office on 01603 748931.
Internal shuttle service
Golf buggies will be situated at Norwich, Wymondham and Dereham gates and at the Vice President’s gate from the car park operating a shuttle service to designated points on the showground. Drivers are supplied by the Rotary Club of Norwich.
There is a free-entry, purpose-built disabled grandstand to the north-west of the Grand Ring.
Available at each toilet block. These are marked on the showground map.
Can I get close to the animals?
Yes, seeing the animals and patting them is a big part of the show for many visitors. There will be hand cleansing facilities in all areas where livestock is present. Visitors are encouraged to use these facilities when leaving these areas.
How do you get a grandstand seat at the Grand Ring?
Free covered grandstand seats are available for the public on the eastern side of the Grand Ring. Reserved seating for the public is in the southern block of stands on the eastern side of the Grand Ring and tickets will be valid only until 4.30pm each day, after which time they will be available for anyone to use. The grandstand ticket office is situated directly behind the grandstands on the corner of 4th Drive. The Members’ Grandstand is free to all RNAA members.
What catering facilities are there at the show?
The public can enjoy a variety of food available around the showground, and catering villages are marked on the map (see centre pages).
The Food Hall
The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association is committed to promoting local producers, many of whom will be at the Food Hall. There is a seating area where you can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and sample some of the amazing produce on offer.
St Walstan’s dining hall and bar
This facility is open to the public for breakfast. Full meals are served all day.
The Flower and Garden Show Café – John Groom Catering and Carriages
Open to the public from 9am-7pm for snacks and light refreshments.
If you fancy something a little different the Debut restaurant, run by the students of the internationally renowned Hotel School at City College Norwich serves delicious local food throughout the day.
Can I come by bus?
First will be running bus service 100 directly to and from the showground on June 27-28.
At peak periods buses will depart every 10 minutes from Norwich Rail Station via St Stephens Street, dropping visitors at the showground gate. Combined bus and show admission tickets can be bought on the bus.
Konectbus will run an hourly service to the show from Dereham and from Attleborough and Wymondham, via Norwich Bus Station. For times and prices visit www.konectbus.co.uk
There is no shuttle bus service between the Costessey Park and Ride and the showground this year.