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A look ahead to The Royal County of Berkshire Show 2017

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 September 2017

Look out for prize-winning cattle, like this champion at Bucks County Show (Maureen McLean Photography)

Look out for prize-winning cattle, like this champion at Bucks County Show (Maureen McLean Photography)

MAUREEN MCLEAN

The countdown has begun to one of Berkshire’s biggest events as town meets country for a great day out

There’s a buzz of excitement as the final details are put to some great days out for people of all ages. The Newbury & District Agricultural Society is overseeing The Royal County of Berkshire Show, taking place on 16 and 17 September at the Newbury Showground.

Prepare for a feast of entertainment and attractions over the two days, 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, with high-speed dashes, a flurry of coloured silks and 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 he’s become a real crowd pleaser, visiting events leading up to the show itself. Music will play a large part, with the Corunna Band & Bugles of Oxfordshire in the main arena over the weekend. It’s 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.

Show manager Laura Priestly-Cooper says: “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.”

Many of the show’s favourites will be returning, including The Food Tent, Arts and Crafts, Sports Zone, Miller’s Ark Animals, a strong equestrian line-up and the Food & Farming Zone.

See berkshireshow.co.uk for ticket details.

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