The Royal Norfolk Show 2017: 7 of the best events and displays taking place in The Grand Ring

RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. Picture: Andrew Davison

RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. Picture: Andrew Davison - Credit: Andrew Davison

The Grand Ring programme offers an impressive line-up of action-packed displays and events. The programme includes some old favourites as well as two very special displays. So look out for our seven of the best...

Parade of hounds in the Grand Ring, 2016.

Parade of hounds in the Grand Ring, 2016. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Archant

1. King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery

This year's show brings a rare chance to see a jaw-dropping display by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery – the Queen's own ceremonial saluting battery, which is making its only appearance outside London in its 70th anniversary year. Witness the power and skill of soldiers who drive teams of six horses to pull six First World War 'thirteen pounder' state saluting guns around the arena. The Troop, which has 111 horses in total, is an integral part of the Household Troops, and its duties include the firing of royal salutes in Hyde Park on royal anniversaries and state occasions.

2. Equestrian Programme – and Horse of the Year Show Qualifier events

Throughout the two-day show there is a stunning programme of professional horse riding and qualifying events. This year's competitions in the Grand Ring include: Cobs Ridden, Showjumping including exciting Ride & Drive and the prestigious International Stairway, Heavy Horse Turnouts, Scurry Driving and many others. Watch out for the top class British competitors taking part.

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3. Band of the Parachute Regiment

The Band of the Parachute Regiment is the official band for the Regiment and performs at a variety of formal, state and commemorative events. These highly trained musicians are also trained soldiers and are entitled to wear the coveted Airborne Forces Maroon Beret. Over the years the band has been deployed to diverse locations such as the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Qatar, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands. The musicians continue to maintain a secondary role to the Field Army as trained medics.

4. RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team

The Grand Ring will also see the return of another military favourite, as the RAF Falcons parachute display team jump from up to 12,000ft to perform a breath taking free fall display at speeds of up to 120mph.

5. Parade of Hounds

A tradition of the English countryside, the Parade of Hounds is a real spectacle of hounds, huntsmen and horses. The ever popular parade will delight the crowds and give young and old alike the chance to meet hounds from across Norfolk.

6. Grand Parade of Champion Livestock and Heavy Horses

As a salute to our farmers, exhibitors and their animals there will be a Grand Parade of award winning and champion livestock and heavy horses. This spectacle is a really important part of the Show and a must to watch.

7. Showstoppers – Norfolk's Choir of a Thousand

Sing along with 1,000 Norfolk voices as the Showstoppers mass choir project makes its debut performance, led by choirmaster Mark De Lisser. The choir of a thousand has been assembled from all parts of the county, bringing together school choirs and community choirs to perform a specially-commissioned piece of music.

This year the Grand Ring features a live screen, sponsored by Richardson's Leisure, which will relay the action. The 5mx3m screen will be situated at the Sixth Drive end of the Grand Ring and displays will include the Royal Troop Artillery and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team which spectators will be able to see in close up on the screen. Spectators in the grand ring will also be able to see short videos from around the show, provided by Mustard TV who will also be there to film a Mustard Show special.

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