New layout for Aylsham Show
ED FOSS The traditional Aylsham Agricultural Show, set in the stunning parkland of the National Trust's flagship Blickling Park, will hope to top its average attendance of 15,000 this Bank Holiday Monday. The largest one-day show in the eastern counties opens early with a reorganised layout to make life easier for visitors.
The largest one-day show in the eastern counties will open early on Bank Holiday Monday, with a reorganised layout to make life easier for visitors.
The traditional Aylsham Agricultural Show, set in the stunning parkland of the National Trust's flagship Blickling Park, will hope to top its average attendance of 15,000.
It should be helped by changes made to parking arrangements, including a scheme to take the many horse boxes away from the roadways earlier in the day, easing the movement of other traffic and avoiding snarl ups.
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Show president Billy Hammond said: “I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather and look forward to welcoming people to the show.”
And show secretary Chris Self said there had been a healthy level of entries into the various livestock classes.
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“The majority are up, with some very good cattle entries,” said Mr Self.
A main ring programme of continual entertainment from around 10am to 6pm, supported by three side rings of events, will feature such attractions as the Sheep Show, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team and the Essex Dog Display Team.
Mr Self said the Reepham Rotary art exhibition had been particularly well supported this year, with a record entry of more than 250 paintings on display, many of them by new artists.
And members of Aylsham Flower Club have continued their annual effort to raise money for deserving causes. There is no entry fee to the display, but visitors can make a donation. At 5pm on Monday all the floral arrangements will be auctioned off for the charity.
Disabled visitors and those with restricted movement will be offered mini-transport within the show on a large golf buggy.
Gates open at 8am and judging will begin at 8.30am. Tickets are £9 on the gate, with accompanied children under 16 and car parking free.
MAIN RING PROGRAMME
t 10 30am Private and Trade Driving Classes 90 - 95
t 12.15pm Arrival of the President, followed by appearance of Rob Chandler and Chrissie Jackson of the Radio Broadland Morning t Crew
t 12.30pm Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team, “The Flying Gunners”
t 1pm The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
t 1.15pm The Essex Dog Display Team
t 1.45pm Children's Fancy Dress Competition
t 2.15pm Royal Artillery Parachute Display Team “The Black Knights”
t 2.30pm Children's Sack Race
t 2.45pm The Grand Parade
t 3.15pm Parade by the North Norfolk Harriers
t 3.30pm The Essex Dog Display Team
t 4pm Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team, “The Flying Gunners”
t 4.30pm Parade by the Starting Handle Club
t 5pm Parade by the Norfolk Military Vehicle Club
t 5.15pm Parade of Vintage and Classic Cars
t 5.30pm Children's Tug of War. All the children are invited to take part
t 6pm Ascent of the Hot Air Balloon
Other attractions include the Royal Artillery 'Rolling Wall', the Sheep Show and spinning demonstrations
The programme of events can be amended or altered without notification