A successful first day for the Royal County of Berkshire Show

The weather certainly didn't dampen visitors' spirits on the first day of the show, as they enjoyed some thrilling motorcycle acrobatics as well as the UK’s best livestock on show.

Crowds turned up to celebrate and enjoy the best of British farming and agriculture has to offer with a great selection of cattle, which were housed in the showground’s brand new £1m building. Pigs, chickens, Llamas and sheep were also out in force, including Lady Mary’s prize winning pig from Downton Abbey who won third prize in her class!

The new Food & Farming Zone was buzzing with visitors enjoying the many hands-on activities and demonstrations on the importance on supporting British farming.

Newcomers, Cook & Butcher won all three competitions on offer in the Food Tent, with their amazing selection of local produce, as well as sausages and burgers that are made by them at their premises in Thatcham Broadway.

The White Helmets made a dramatic return after a 6-year break from the show, and thrilled the audience with their acrobatic stunts and skills, and The Royal British Legion Band also returned with performances during the day and then also closing the show.

Other popular attractions included the Children’s mini farm, the Food and Crafts Tents, The Harvest Centre with their hugely popular Minion hay bales, the BMX stunt team, and of course the Grand Parade of Livestock, as well as the many hands-on activities around the whole showground.

Pippin, the Show’s Berkshire Pig mascot made his debut and was hugely popular with all ages, and even met his siblings and helped to judge them!

Laura Priestley-Cooper, Show Manager, commented: “We had a fantastic first day, I am delighted at how successful the new food and farming zone has been, it has been great to see so many interactive activities taking place and lots of visitors enjoying what’s on offer.

The new cattle building of course looks very impressive and has provided a much better viewing experience for the public”

Weather for Sunday is looking very sunny, with temperatures reaching 21 degrees. Tickets can still be bought on line or on the gate. Visit www.berkshireshow.co.uk

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