Showcasing the Best of British with new Food & Farming Zone!
The Royal County of Berkshire Show 2016 will see a brand new area dedicated to the very best of British food and farming.
The new food and farming zone will offer a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations as well as learning about why supporting British farming is so important.
The Harvest Centre
Approaching the centre, you’ll be greeted by some colourful minions made out of hay bales, and inside you’ll find many wonderful displays that illustrate what happens over the course of the arable farming year. A very hands-on marquee that will be offering plenty of activities to participate in, such as traditional apple pressing and juicing as well as beer sampling from brewers, Ramsbury Brewery. There will also be many interesting displays and demonstrations.
Farol’s GPS Tractor
Why not hitch a ride by a modern tractor that is guided by satellites!
Representing the very latest in high tech farming, 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!
The Cookery Theatre
The popular Cookery Theatre returns this year with a timetable jam packed with some of the best local chefs Berkshire has to offer. A brilliant opportunity to showcase some of Berkshire’s locally sourced food, the Cookery Theatre will run from 10am on both days, with ‘have-a-go’ opportunities for any keen cooks out there!
The Vintage Area
Get a feel for what it was like to work back in the 1940’s with a fantastic display ofrack saws, threshing machines, a working combine harvester and some old tractors that will be turning and bailing hay. Great for all ages, it will enlighten the younger generation and take the older generation back to fond memories.
Berkshire Young Farmers
Come along and visit the YFC to find out how more about them and what activities they offer to members. All you need is enthusiasm and an interest in countryside and rural life.
The YFC will also have a mini digger for people to have a go on as well as a ‘Win the wheel barrow’ (and its contents) raffle, with all proceeds going to charity.
Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA)
The BCAis an agricultural college based in Maidenhead and located on 450 acres of farm land, with residential accommodation. It was formed in 1949 as theBerkshire Institute of Agriculture and was originally built to provide a training centre for agricultural workers, it has expended to offer work with animals and construction.
If you’re interested in a career in agriculture, come see the BCA team at the show. They will also have a fun climbing wall located in the Sports Zone and will be launching their brand new initiative called Centre for Land based Enterprise and Technology (CLET).
University of Reading
Come and explore their amazing research around the food chain and health in this interactive exhibit. They will take you on a journey from field to fork and explain how they make choices in the food we eat. Plus lots of hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Also featuring in this new zone is the Newbury & District Beekeepers who are bringing a hive of live honey bees, so pop along and see if you can spot the Queen! There will also be an interactive photo booth and a family trail around the zone.
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About the Newbury & District Agricultural Society
A not-for-profit organisation, the Newbury & District Agricultural Society was formed in 1909 to organise a show to replace the local horse show. Now a registered charity, the society’s key mission is to engage children in the countryside and boosting their appreciation of the vital role of the British Farming industry in food, stewardship of the countryside and everyday life.
The showcase for these aims is through one of the most successful agricultural shows in the country – The Royal County of Berkshire Show, which sees over 60,000 visitors come together to celebrate British agriculture.