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Excitement builds ahead of this year’s ‘fantastic’ Suffolk Show

PUBLISHED: 12:16 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 25 May 2018

The final countdown is on for the this year’s Suffolk Show at Trinity Park Picture: SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

The final countdown is on for the this year’s Suffolk Show at Trinity Park Picture: SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

Suffolk Agricultural Association

Excitement is building ahead of this year’s Suffolk Show, with organisers predicting a ‘fantastic’ event.

Suffolk Show 2018 by numbers:

300 acre site – the size of Trinity Park, home of the Suffolk Show

Over 850 trade stands

12 competition rings

16 different activity zones

6 School Model Gardens in the Flower and Garden Show

160 food and drink stalls

318 stewards

Over 90 sponsors

49% are Suffolk businesses

71% are East Anglian businesses

On-site preparations are continuing ahead of the show, which takes place on Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, at Trinity Park, Ipswich. And with just days to go, visitors are being urged to download the new Suffolk Show 2018 App and start planning their action-packed day out.

This year’s show includes thousands of fun attractions, free activities and unique shopping experiences for the whole family. The Bolddog Lings motorbike stunt team are not to be missed in the Grand Ring, while critically-endangered Suffolk Punch horses will be star of the show with a new Heavy Horse area.

Display areas offering fun and free activities and interesting opportunities to learn more about farming and agriculture in the county include the ‘100 years looking back’ area, where visitors can explore Suffolk’s history in commemoration of 100 years since the end of World War One.

The popular Suffolk Skills Zone enables visitors to have a go at hairdressing, engineering, carpentry and flint knapping among other skills, or there’s the Sports Plus and Military Zone areas with free, interactive sports, games and activities.

Suffolk Show director Bee Kemball with the new show app Picture: GREGG BROWNSuffolk Show director Bee Kemball with the new show app Picture: GREGG BROWN

This year’s show boasts a bigger than ever Food Hall with a feast of flavours from local, artisan producers. The new and improved Flower and Garden Show, and popular Lifestyle Pavilion, will be offering inspiration for homes and gardens, and the pink-carpeted Fifth Avenue offers not-on-the-high-street fashion, jewellery and accessories from this Suffolk’s rising fashion stars.

Show director Bee Kemball said: “We are incredibly excited to open the gates and welcome visitors to this year’s fantastic Suffolk Show. The team and I, alongside hundreds of volunteers, have been planning and organising the event for the past 12 months so it’s amazing to see how it’s all come together now we’re only a few days away. I hope many people from across the county and further afield will join us for Suffolk’s biggest family day out.”

The free show app, which includes a site map, tradestand information, an activity trail, is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Adult tickets cost £25 in advance (until midnight on May 29) or £28 on the gate. Visit or call 01473 707117.

Come and see us at the EADT when you’re at this year’s show and get a free cup of tea.

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