All you need to know about the Royal Norfolk Show from the EDP

It's nearly showtime again!

The Royal Norfolk Show is always a crowd-pleaser – and this year will be no exception, with thrilling displays in the Grand Ring, record numbers of livestock and a visit by the Princess Royal.

And in Wednesday's EDP is a free 56-page supplement which will give you all the information you need to make the most of the country's largest two-day agricultural show, which takes place at the showground at Costessey on Wednesday June 29 and Thursday June 30.

We will also be running a series of features in the paper in the run up to the show and unrivalled coverage during the two-day event.

This website will also give updates before the show on everything from travel arrangements to the best ideas for children to make the most of their visit.

Last year saw 93,522 visitors to the show over the two days and show manager Sarah de Chair puts this down to the variety on offer.

'The Royal Norfolk Show is not just about animals and farming as so many people believe, although they do play a very important role in this two days extravaganza. We have entertainment for everyone this year, for those who wish to reminisce about the past with our working vintage farm machinery demonstration to those who need an adrenalin buzz with motorbike displays and abseiling. We offer 10 hours packed full of entertainment for all the family and are proud to showcase the very best of Norfolk.'

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Attractions in the Grand Ring include breathtaking stunt displays from the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – the White Helmets – and the spectacular RAF Falcons Freefall Parachute Team.

Dramatic scurry driving is back, while the band of RAF Halton Pipes and Drums also returns to the show this year with the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums.

Over in the livestock lines, a record 1,600 cattle and sheep are expected.

Show officials have confirmed their royal visitor will be at the event on Thursday attending the AGM of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) in her capacity as vice president and will take over the role of president from her father The Duke of Edinburgh at the meeting.

Richard Jewson, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk and this year's president of the Royal Norfolk Show said: 'It is always a special day when we have a Royal visitor at the Show and we will all be looking forward to welcoming The Princess Royal and putting together a tour of this very special Norfolk occasion.'

Entry to the flower and garden show is free and this year several new exhibitors are expected to add to the exciting range of plants and garden furniture on show. Food lovers will be spoilt for choice in the Food Hall and Cookery Theatre where there is a variety of tempting treats on offer.

Visitors can learn from the experts as demonstrations take place throughout the day from well known local chefs including Galton Blackiston of Morston Hall and Masterchef finalist Tim Kinnaird.

With schools across Norfolk closing on Thursday, the specially designed school's trails which have been carefully researched to match the school curriculum offer an interesting and fun way for children to learn about food, farming and the countryside whilst visiting different parts of the show.

There are plenty of activities to keep children of all ages entertained throughout the day including a vintage fairground area, Punch and Judy shows, climbing and abseiling walls, performances by local school bands and dance groups and a children's multisports area organised by The Community Sports Foundation supported by Norwich City Football Club.

Advance ticket prices have remained the same as last year and are �18 for adults, �6.50 for children aged five to 16 (under fives are free); senior citizens and disabled �16 and carers �9. A family ticket for two adults and three children costs �48. Tickets are available online from May 3 or from June in various businesses and retail outlets.

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