Aylsham Agricultural Show organisers confident of good weather and crowds

The Spitfire aircraft. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Spitfire aircraft. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant copyright 2012

A Lancaster bomber will be taking to the sky along with a Hurricane and Spitfire for the Aylsham Agricultural Show this year.

The annual event, which is in its 67th year, is taking place at Blickling Park, near Aylsham, on Monday, August 26 between 8.30am and 6pm.

It is East Anglia's largest one-day agricultural show and attracts about 18,000 people, including families, farmers and holidaymakers.

Show secretary Chris Self said: 'It has traditional roots and traditional values to promote agriculture. We look at Norfolk as an agricultural county and people like to look at the animals.

'It has a big emphasis on the family and is affordable. I think it is going to be good this year.


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'People want to go out and enjoy themselves and the weather is going to be good too.'

He added Blickling Hall was one of the best backdrops for a country show and said many people booked their holidays around the event.

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The three iconic planes will be flying as part of the Battle of Britain memorial flight at 2.30pm.

Other attractions in the main ring will include a heavy horses display at 11am, a performance from the Parachute Regiment Band at 12.30pm and 3.30pm and a show at 1.30pm from the White Helmets – the Royal Signals motorcycle display team.

Animals at the show will include many varieties of sheep, horses and cattle and they will feature in the grand parade in the main ring at 2.45pm when the winning animals will be announced.

A big element of the fair is food and Norfolk-based producers will be celebrated in the Aylsham Food Hero Awards which will be given out on the day.

Children will be able to take part in pottery workshops and an Olympic-themed fancy dress competition from noon.

Tickets bought on the day cost £13 per adult with accompanied children aged 16 and under. Car parking is free. Cheaper tickets can be bought in advance by visiting www.theaylshamshow.co.uk by midnight on Wednesday, August 21.

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