Eye Show and Country Fair preview

Adam GrettonA Suffolk parkland is gearing up for one of the biggest events on the region's summer calendar, which will see the return of the Red Arrows and other spectacular acts.Adam Gretton

A Suffolk parkland is gearing up for one of the biggest events on the region's summer calendar, which will see the return of the Red Arrows and other spectacular acts.

The Eye Show and Country Fair has grown to attract more than 30,000 visitors to the two day extravaganza on the Norfolk-Suffolk border since its humble beginnings more than 90 years ago.

Organisers are hoping for another bumper turnout when the event returns to Goodrich Park, Palgrave, near Diss, over the bank holiday weekend, August 30-31.

A diverse mix of nationally acclaimed arena performers, agricultural displays and live music will be on offer at the parkland.

Some of the highlights of the programme include the Vander Brothers' Wheel of Death, the Jive Pony display team and re-enactments by the Medieval Combat Society. Officials have also managed to secure the famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team to return to perform on Monday August 31.

The show is also set to host the UK Logging Championships for the first time in its 94 year history and for the first time will feature live music from Abba, Tina Turner, Take That and Michael Jackson tribute acts.

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There will also be gun dog displays, sheep racing, funfair rides, falconry displays, helicopter rides, motorcycle arena trials, and a host of other events.

Tim Seeley, show director, whose family have been running the Eye Show since 1963, said: 'We are always looking to add value and broaden the appeal of the show.

'It promises to be a spectacular two days of top class entertainment offering fun and enjoyment for the whole family.'

The show has raised more than �200,000 for charity over the last ten years.

It will be open between 10am and 7pm on bank holiday Sunday and Monday. Tickets are �9 for adults and �4.50 for children. For more information, visit www.eyeshow.org.uk.