Royal Norfolk Show 2017: 9 highlights that can’t be missed

Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA)

Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA) - Credit: PA

We have a fabulous selection of treats to share with you at the Royal Norfolk Show. Here are some of the Show Director's picks for 2017...

1. Grand Ring

The Grand Ring programme offers a packed spectacle of exciting displays and equestrian events. Topping the bill is the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery with their amazing riding skills involving over 80 horses and six field guns. This is a display not to be missed and the show is the only place to see the King's Troop outside London this year. Also appearing in the Grand Ring are the RAF Flacons Parachute Display Team, Band of the Parachute Regiment and top-level showjumping and scurry driving.

2. Animals

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Come and see what the show is famous for and see nearly 3,000 livestock being judged for champion rosettes. Famous breeds of cattle, sheep, goats and poultry will be on display and competing. Don't miss the Red Poll National Show taking place this year as we welcome home a prestigious pedigree native to Norfolk and Suffolk. The popular Mr Mawkin's Farm will be home to some of the UK's rare breeds of livestock.

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3. Local food and drink producers

The Adnams Food and Drink Experience is the place to go to sample the best of Norfolk produce. 80 local food and drink producers will provide a sensation of tantalising scents and flavours – sizzling sausages, tempting pies, creamy cheeses and posh pop. With a focus on top quality local food and drink producers, we are delighted to help promote all that's great in Norfolk. Why not take advantage of the new food crèche while you enjoy the rest of the show?

4. Grow it, Cook it, Eat it

Hosted by well-known chef Mary Kemp this year's Grow it, Cook it, Eat it stage offers an exciting line-up of treats including an appearance by Jimmy Doherty of Jimmy's Farm. There will be two days of demonstrations and talks by some of Norfolk's top chefs from our most famous eateries revealing the best recipes and culinary tricks. Making a link with the Adnams Food & Drink Experience, the Grow it, Cook it, Eat it stage will showcase the best seasonal and regional produce.

5. Art of butchery

This year the Royal Norfolk Show will be hosting a butchery demonstration event as part of the Food, Farming and the Countryside theme. Some of the county's top butchers will come together to show the variety of meat cuts – pork, beef and lamb in the Art of Butchery. To end each day a fun competition will take place between our butchers – the steaks are high! Don't miss the meat auction in support of YANA (You Are Not Alone).

6. Countryside area

Come and see the work of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and other countryside related organisations. Look out for the programme of ring activities which will include the highly popular pig racing, Flyball, Dog and Duck show, dog agility show and large-bird displays with the Raptor Trust. Elsewhere in the countryside experience try your hand at archery, fly fishing and Segway. Come and see the best farriers and blacksmiths in action. Also be sure to visit the Broads Village celebrating our National Park and the new Forestry and Wood Village, demonstrating a variety of skills and trades.

7. The arts

This year the show is celebrating the Arts in Norfolk. Don't miss Showstoppers, a choir of a thousand assembled from across Norfolk who will perform on Thursday afternoon. The Arts theme also includes The Green performing arts area, Show Art Gallery, Paint Out, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and more than 20 bands performing at locations around the showground.

8. Shopping

Seven hundred retailers including big shopping brands like Aga, Bosch, Crew Clothing, Crown Pavilions, Joules, Kent Blaxhill, Kiehls, Van Dal, Volvo and hundreds of Norfolk retailers. Visit our new destination Royal Square to enjoy the Jarrold Fashion Show or listen to a band.

9. Lifestyle

The show contains a wealth of inspiring ideas for lifestyle. The Flower and Garden Show, Crafts Village, Norfolk Beekeepers, Sports Zone and the Tourism Village will all be promoting new skills, activities and things to do.

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