10 attractions we think you should check out at the Show this year.
The 2016 Royal County of Berkshire Show is just days away. There are so many amazing activities, demonstrations and attractions, so we wanted to highlight some of them we think are a must-see this year.
This year sees the Mobile Bike Events stunt team make their debut. The UK’s leading jump show team are a selection of the UK’s best BMX and mountain bike jump riders, with Europe’s largest mobile jump box, promising to provide you with some adrenaline-fuelled action such as 360 spins and triple tail whips and backflips. There will also be an ‘Action Wheels’ section for kids to have a go riding around a course. You can find Savage Skills on Avenue F opposite the Sports Zone.
Dog and duck show
Stuart Barnes has travelled to over 100 countries working with wildlife, and his passion for the canine species has enabled him to gain an incredible understanding of everything about dogs.
The Dog and Duck Show uses trained and untrained sheep dogs to herd ducks, amusing and educating the audience about common dog behaviour issues and about how these can be resolved. The Show is divided into 3 parts:
-Dog psychology: helping to understand why our dogs have unwanted dog problems and how to solve them.
-Natural Instincts: we use untrained dogs on the ducks to demonstrate their natural canine instincts, and show how to control them with energy and body language.
-Working the Course: Our demonstrator uses a trained dog to put the ducks through the course of tunnels, slides, Maltese Cross, pool and pen.
You’ll find the Dog & Duck Show in the Display Ring, located in the Country Area.
Pre-schools, primary, secondary, mainstream and special schools across Berkshire are invited to exhibit in the Education marquee, and children produce work to the theme of ‘Work outside the classroom’ or ‘environmental artwork’.
Take a walk through the marquee to view some colourful and imaginative work, and some of the schools will be performing a song on the Saturday between 10am and 2pm. You can then do a spot of pond dipping just outside the marquee, which is run by the Geo Conservation Group. You’ll find the Education Marquee on Avenue G.
The Twerzles are the UK’s finest tribute band to the West Country’s greatest fun group, The Wurzels. Dave and Mark create the exact sound of this very memorable band and they sing all the good old sing-along songs, such as Drink up Thy Zidar, Champion Dung Spreader, Don’t tell I tell Ee and most famous of all, Combine Harvester. A great band to get up and dance to, or simply relax with a drink or two!
The Twerzles can be found on The Village Green.
Beehive in F&F
Come face-to-face with a beehive and find out more about the fascinating life of a honey bee. Kids will have fun trying to spot the Queen bee too! You’ll find the Newbury & District Beekeepers in our brand new Food & Farming Zone on Avenue G.
Island farm donkey Sanctuary
Located in the picturesque village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, which is near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity which cares for and protects abused and ill-treated donkeys and other animals.
Visit the Sanctuary’s stand by the Mini Farm to find out which donkeys are available to adopt; from Mr Crusty to Pollyanne, and Jack to Chocolate, all the donkeys have their own personalities and have busy social lives, attending many local charity events as well as Easter Church services!
The ever popular farrier display returns this year. Specialists in equine hoof care, watch how quickly and precise the competitors make the shoes and then delicately place them on the awaiting horses with ease.
This year sees an exciting competition, with competitors such as five times world champion, Steven Beane and last year’s most qualified apprentice, Samuel Johnson. Haitze Wiersma, who is one of the Farriers in charge of the forge at the Hong Kong jockey club, will also be bringing along some new apprentices with him.
On the Sunday we see the American Farrier team making their debut at the show, with five farriers and four apprentices.
The judge this year is none other than Nigel Fennell, team manager for the UK competition team.
Nordikota and Karluk Siberian Huskies join forces each year to attend the show to raise awareness of the Siberian Husky Breed. These stunningly beautiful dogs are born primarily to run and pull but their wolf-like appearance is what many people are attracted to.
This year, the group will be bringing 8 dogs from 2 different packs and visitors will be able to stroke them and have photos taken with them whilst handlers will be on hand to answer any questions. They will also have equipment on hand to demonstrate how they exercise these powerful, yet graceful dogs.
You will find the huskies in the Country Area off Lew Spencer Avenue.
Animal Olympics Trail – Can you lift weights like an ant?
The Animal Olympics trail includes five self-led activities for children, which are located around the Food & Farming Zone. For every activity completed, a stamp will be added to a card and all completed cards will receive a medal. The activities range from dung beetle hockey, bird shotput and ant weight lifting, to squirrel gymnastics and a frog long jump.
The Animal Olympics is run by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, which is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places on land and at sea. The Wildlife Trust and its Animal Olympics can be found in the Food & Farming Zone on Avenue G.
Farol’s GPS Tractor
Why not hitch a ride by a modern tractor that is guided by satellites!
The John Deere satellite guide tractor arrives at the show courtesy of the Great Shefford-based dealer, Farol’s. On a normal working day the tractor gains information from the mapped data of individual fields, then by taking control of the steering, it manages to create an extremely high level of accuracy of cultivation, seeding and fertilizer application to within two centimetres! You’ll find the tractor in the Food & Farming Zone on Avenue G.