JCB Dancing Diggers top the bill as East Anglian Game and Country Fair returns to Euston Estate
PUBLISHED: 07:06 28 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:06 28 April 2018
Countryside entertainment ranging from dancing diggers to dog agility will be on display as an annual rural showcase returns for its 15th year this weekend.
The East Anglian Game and Country Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the picturesque Euston Estate, off the A11 near the Norfolk-Suffolk border.
Headlining the Main Arena this year are the world-famous JCB Dancing Diggers, with the 80-tonne mechanical monsters performing precise choreographed routines, using their hydraulics to strike spectacular poses – one of only three UK shows by the team this year.
Other highlights include the return of the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain, the Sheep Show, forestry village, cookery theatre and a host of canine attractions including dog agility competitions, a pet dog show and K9 Aqua Sports’ long jump for dogs into water.
Organisers hope for as many as 20,000 visitors to the family show that has continued to grow since it was first founded, originally at the Norfolk Showground.
Event organiser Andy Grand said the inaugural show had just one arena and 80 trade stands, while this year’s event has 10 arenas and more than 350 shopping stands.
“It has grown beyond all recognition, and the move to the Euston Estate last year has injected a new lease of life,” he said.
“The new venue gave us much more of a country ambience, the setting has allowed us to attract much more country-style stands, and the location off the A11 opened us up to a much wider audience.
“We are trying to put across everything that is good about the countryside, and also to introduce people to rural sports and the way of life in the countryside for those who may not be able to enjoy it on a daily basis.”
The Duke of Grafton, whose family owns the estate, offered a “warm welcome” to show-goers, adding: “The park and grounds offer a particularly attractive setting for events of this kind and all the diverse activities on offer from clay shooting to dog shows, and archery to forestry displays, make it a calendar-worthy event.”
• The headline act in the Main Arena will be the JCB Dancing Diggers, performing intricate and spectacular routines three times each day.
• Equestrian attractions include the exciting team relay races of the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain, and the fast and skilful British Scurry and Trials Driving Championships.
• Norfolk based New Zealander Richard Savory’s mobile Sheep Show will demonstrate breeds and shearing, culminating in a finale of dancing livestock.
• The Forestry Village will be a buzz of activity with chainsaw carvings, felling demonstrations, tree climbing and pole climbing competitions.
• The Game Fair Country Kitchen has cookery workshops and demonstrations by local chefs including Chris Coubrough, Arthur Howell, James Conway and Justin Kett.
•There are over 350 shopping stands with products ranging from fashion and footwear to gun makers, fishing tackle and designer home wares.
• Visitors can have a go at country activities including clay shooting, fly fishing and archery, while dog owners can enter their pets in the dog agility competitions or the Pet Dog Show.
• The East Anglian Game and Country Fair at the Euston Estate is open from 8am to 6pm on April 28 and 29. For more details see the East Anglian Game and Country Fair website. Tickets are available on the gate. Children under five are admitted free, and car parking is free for all.