Weather proves a hit with crowds at Aylsham Show in Blickling Park
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The Aylsham Show welcomed thousands of visitors from across East Anglia to enjoy the animals, entertainment, and food on offer at one of the region's biggest one-day agricultural shows.
Families descended on Blickling Hall, Aylsham, from across Norfolk and Suffolk to sample the very best of the region's agricultural produce.
Bank Holiday Monday was a bright and sunny day for it, with temperatures reaching 24-26 degrees in the afternoon, with lemonade stands, ice cream vans, and beer tastings all doing a roaring trade.
Organisers hoped the event would rival in numbers its record-breaking 70th anniversary year in 2016. Show president John Wootton said: 'For me, having been show director for six years, today is all about seeing a side to the show that I've never seen before. The cattle and sheep are sections I've never seen before, having been so busy in event control and administration in previous years. Its a real treat for me to be able to meet everybody who puts on the show.'
Mr Wootton hoped punters at the Aylsham Show would leave with: 'better knowledge of food and farming in our region.
'Its a nice day out for the family, and hopefully people will become better informed about where their food comes from.'
There was plenty to keep little ones entertained at the show, with the Scratby donkeys offering rides, and show jumping and agricultural competitions on offer for any young animal enthusiasts. The Raptor trust were on site offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal with one of their brown owls, and - for the first time at the Aylsham Show - Rudy the otter paid a visit to the countryside arena.
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Meanwhile, in the main ring, the kids fancy dress parade proved to be a hit. Pete and Rachel Buxton, who had brought their three children to show, said: 'We're looking forward to the birds of prey and the quad bikes.'
'We came last year, on that really hot day - we're looking forward to today.'
But the highlight of the day's programme of events had to be the display from the Red Devils' Parachute Regiment, which met thunderous applause. The free-fall display team performed at 12.15pm in the main ring, in a spectacular display that saw them leaping from an aircraft at 10,000ft, before dazzling the crowds with their colourful, aerial performances.
For more results and stories from the Aylsham Show, see Saturday's EDP Farm and Country Pages.