What you need to know about The Royal Norfolk Show
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It’s less than three weeks until the biggest event in Norfolk’s calendar, and preparations are in full swing.
You can be front page news at the show!
• As part of an exciting range of attractions we are laying on this year, you will have the chance to be pictured on a giant copy of our newspaper on a “face in the hole” board.
• They will be situated at the front of our ever-popular tea tent at stand 211 on the third drive.
• Visitors can then tweet pictures of themselves using the hashtag #BigEDP or #BigEN.
• We will use the photos on our website and the best ones will be used in our show supplements.
The Royal Norfolk Show is expected to attract about 90,000 people to the showground at Costessey on June 25 and 26.
The celebration of food, entertainment and farming will be the 60th show at the site.
Tickets are now on sale at the EDP’s head office at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE and all our branch receptions.
They are also available online as e-tickets where families can save up to 30% via the Royal Norfolk Show website www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk.
Ticket prices are:
• Family ticket: (two adults, three children) £50 in advance/£70 on the gate
• Adult: £19/£24
• Children: (aged five-16) £7/£10
• Under 5s: free
• Over 65s: £17/£22
• Registered disabled: £17/£22
• Carer: £10/£12
There is a 10% discount for groups of 25 or more.
Organisers promise something for everyone and one of the high octane highlights of the main ring will be the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Team, who are certain to amaze the crowds with their gravity defying freestyle motocross show.
The nationally acclaimed team have the largest, most hi-tech landing ramp in the world, which has been ridden by the world’s best freestyle professionals, including world number one Nate Adams and world record holder Robbie Madison, the current day Evel Knievel.
The Norfolk Show will host record numbers of Horse of the Year Show qualifiers and livestock entries.
There will be 27 Horse of the Year Show qualifiers, including three in the Ridden Purebred Arabs.
There will be a record-breaking number of livestock entries, including 870 cattle, 796 sheep, 80 pigs and 190 goats. The show is also hosting the British Simmental Cattle National Show.
One of the Queen’s horses, Barbers Shop, will also be taking part.
The 11-year-old gelding, which was the last horse to be bred by the Queen Mother, was formerly trained by Nicky Henderson and won £143,000 during his racing career, with a total of eight successes. He raced for the final time at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012, and has since been very successfully introduced to the show ring, resulting in him being crowned champion at last year’s final of the Tattersalls and Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship at Hickstead.
Barbers Shop is ridden by Katie Jerram and will compete in Class 129: The Tattersalls, Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Series, which is to be held on the Thursday of the show in the Waveney Light Horse ring.
Jerram, based at Great Dunmow in Essex, has seven of the Queen’s horses in her care at her yard, and said: “I’m delighted to be attending this year’s Royal Norfolk Show with some of the top show horses in the country.”
In the tent, readers will be able to get a free cup of tea or coffee with vouchers we will be running in the paper in the run-up to the show. Cakes will also be on sale.
• Around the showground we will be selling goody bags containing items including a copy of the paper, a drink and crisps for just £1.
• Don’t miss the EDP’s 60-page show preview supplement – sponsored by Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales – which will run in the paper on June 19.