August 1 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Thousands of children headed home exhausted but exhilarated after the first day of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.
Scores of stickers were collected from stands across the showground and youngsters got the chance to enjoy two new areas for 2014.
The Discovery Zone, supported by Norfolk County Council, is offering fun, educational activities from sport to science for children of all ages.
And Knot Farm, an area to commemorate the Stafford Family who once lived at Costessey Hall, gives visitors the chance to get up close to a host of animals including some of the county’s rare breeds.
Fairground rides are dotted across the showground, complete with candy floss stalls and there are arts and crafts and free face painting for the little ones.
This is the last year children will have the day off school to come to the show, after the number of young visitors started to decline.
It is hoped that next year more school parties will attend the event - and there were certainly plenty of pupils enjoying the first day of this year’s show.
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the Scout and Guide movement have recreated a 1914 campsite at the showground.
For the last ten years, Guiding in Norfolk has offered youngsters the chance to travel back in time at Gressenhall Museum - to the 1940s - complete with rationing.
“This year, we are camping as if it is 1914 for the museum’s Village at War weekend,” said Reverend Jenny Pathmarajah from Guiding Norfolk.
“There is quite a lot of difference between that and our 1940s camp. The leaders had to wear corsets, for one. On August Bank Holiday, the Guides will work on badges they would have done during WW1, like Ambulances and Aircraft.”
This year also marks 100 years since the start of Brownies - created for the little sisters of the Girl Guides.
Visitors to the stand in the Countryside Area can try their hand at traditional crafts such as making rag rugs and creating a ball in cup game.