Visitors are advised to set off early to avoid Royal Norfolk Show traffic next week

EDP tea tent at Royal Norfolk Show. Photo: Bill Smith

EDP tea tent at Royal Norfolk Show. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

Royal Norfolk Show organisers are advising drivers to set off early to avoid any delays next week.

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Around 85,000 people are expected to attend the agricultural spectacle, with many travelling by car.

And to ensure that the journey to the showground goes smoothly, people have been asked to arrive by 7.30am.

Show director Julian Taylor said: 'The central message from our point of view is that if you are coming by car, please follow the signs and set off early.

'The A47 is busy enough as it is and we are adding in another 12,000 to 14,000 cars to the mix.'

Showground staff will begin putting up signs across the county this weekend to give people as much warning as possible.

And during the day, organisers will be busy keeping drivers up-to-date on social media and through BBC Radio Norfolk about any traffic delays.

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Mr Taylor also advised people to purchase their parking ticket online before the show starts on Wednesday to prevent queues forming.

Not only is the £6 advanced ticket cheaper than paying £10 on the gate, drivers only have to scan their pass to gain access.

Peak times are expected to be from 9am to 11am – as many returning visitors might have experienced.

Mr Taylor added: 'One message I tried to get across last year was please keep your distance, because even if there is a minor accident it can take three quarters of an hour to get it cleared up.'

Remember to follow @norfolkshow on Twitter for traffic updates on both next Wednesday and Thursday.

Do you have any advice on how to beat the crowds? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684

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