County show starts today
Published: 21 Sep 2013 08:000 comments
Tens of thousands of visitors will flock to Newbury Showground this weekend for the Royal County of Berkshire Show, where the best in livestock, arts and crafts, food and entertainment will be on display, with an estimated 60,000 people from all over the country and further afield bringing Newbury to a standstill.
There will be around 600 stalls, 400 stewards, 200 more sheep than there were last year and plenty of volunteers to make the show a huge beacon of activity.
Visitors are being advised to arrive as early as possible and avoid the peak time of around noon, while Priors Court Road will be closed from 6am-8pm both days.
Drivers are being asked to avoid using their Sat Navs and instead follow the AA signs when approaching the showground, where parking is £5 per car.
Early weather indications suggest it will be dry, with temperatures ranging from 13 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius.
Rachel Jones, of Muddy Boots PR, which has been working with the show for two years said: “Everyone’s really excited to see it come to fruition. We want to make sure everyone has a good time and will want to come again next year.”
Catching the eye this year is the World War II Village, which will give guests an idea of what it was like to live in the UK in the 1940s.
Field Marshal Montgomery and Queen Elizabeth I will be brought to life by Home Front History - a group which researches individual characters from the era - and there will be around 20 original Land Girls, now in their 80s and 90s, who will be saluted by a trio of wartime aircraft - Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.
The planes will be performing over the showground on Sunday for the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Today ten members of the UK’s premier military display, the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, will wow the vast crowd with a gravity-defying performance in the main arena.
Special show buses run at half-hourly intervals from Thatcham Broadway and Newbury Bus Station. Visit www.berkshireshow.com to view the timetable.
Admission on the gate is £18 for adults, £14 for concessions and £7 for children.