Countdown to Berkshire’s festival of farming, food and fun has started!

The Newbury & District Agricultural Society have begun the countdown to The Royal County of Berkshire Show, taking place on 16th and 17th September 2017.

The team are really excited with the variety of entertainment and attractions this year, with fun ‘have-a-go’ activities for all the family as well as spectacular shows and stunts and, of course, the best livestock from around the UK on show.

This year sees the return of the Devil’s Horseman; a team of riders who perform breath-taking, high energy acrobatics on horseback! Tearing along at full gallop, the rider will be hanging at impossible angles from its back or standing from the saddle.

The Show is also welcoming back the Shetland Grand National, last appearing in 2015, the team this year will be delivering more high-speed dashes, a blue of coloured silks, flying manes all condensed on pint-sized shetland ponies!

New for 2017 is the Extreme Sports Team premiering their daring stunts and skills using BMX, mountain bikes and parkour and a brand new catering company that will be providing a great mix of ‘street food’ such as pizza, fish and chips, hog roast and baguettes using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, as well as a number of refreshing beverages.

Pippin the Pig will be making an appearance throughout the weekend, and as a real crowd pleaser, he has become a big part of the Show’s team, making appearances at various other events over the Summer, so do look out for him!

Music will play a large part of visitor’s experience, with the Corunna Band & Bugles of Oxfordshire playing in the main arena over the weekend as well as a full line-up of various acts playing on the band stand. A great area to sit and enjoy your food whilst watching the world go by.

The Royal County of Berkshire Show never forgets its agricultural origins, and attracts the best livestock from across the UK. This year the Show welcomes the prestigious Burke Trophy, which will be awarded to the best pair of pedigree beef animals and a pair of dairy cattle.

Laura Priestly-Cooper, Show Manager explains “There are hundreds of things to see and do at the Berkshire Show each year, and we make sure that there’s something new for visitors to enjoy each year. We are all looking forward to this year’s Show and we are excited to welcome visitors from across Berkshire and further afield for the county’s biggest day out. The show offers everyone the chance to learn more about farming, and offers the chance to get close to a variety of animals and rare breeds as well as tasting some of the county’s local produce.”

Many of the show’s favourites will be returning:

  • -The Food Tent: housing a variety of delectable treats and accompaniments
  • -Arts and Crafts: unusual gift ideas that can’t be found on the high street.
  • -Sports Zone: a thrill-seeking taster area for kids to ‘have-a-go’ on activities such as obstacle courses, simulator rides, skiing, football, mini-digger adventures and much more.
  • -Miller’s Ark Animals: the ever popular mini petting area for kids, and parents!
  • -A strong equestrian line-up: a horse-lovers paradise!
  • -Food & Farming Zone: will continue to demonstrate the importance of backing British farming with fun activities and demonstrations for all the family.

Early bird ticket prices are now available -


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