Euston: Rural pastimes event steams ahead

The Rural Pastimes event in Euston in full flow.

The Rural Pastimes event in Euston in full flow.

Tomorrow’s Euston Rural PasTimes event has secured recycling, energy and waste management firm Viridor as its lead sponsor for the third year.

The event , which is celebrating its 22nd year, takes place at Euston Park near Thetford from 10am to 6pm and includings sheepdog trials, The Devil’s Horsemen, live music, bouncy castles and a host of other entertainment.

Show organisers are expecting around 10,000 visitors, and Viridor will be providing 28 large containers and collection of the materials to ensure the estimated five tonnes of waste and litter – equivalent to the weight of over 60 adult sheep – are removed from the site after the event.

The vast majority will be recovered for recycling or energy production.

Viridor will once again have an exhibition display where visitors can have a close look at the company’s modern waste and recycling collection vehicles and find out more about its zero waste to landfill services.

Recycling games and activities for children, face painting and a competition to win a kindle will ensure everyone visiting the Viridor tent has a great green day out.Rural PasTimes is organised by local volunteers with permission from their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Grafton.

The event raises money, with help of funding from Viridor, for St Nicholas’ Hospice Care and the Black Bourn Churches. Over the years, Rural PasTimes has raised nearly £400,000.

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Viridor communications manager Victor Perez-Mares said: “We are proud of once again being a supporter of this well-known and enjoyable family fun day.”

Kevin Burton of Rural PasTimes said the sponsorship support was “invaluable” .

He added: “The show has become a local attraction with visitors increasing every year. I’d like to encourage local people to come a have a fun day with the family and help us raise even more funds this year.”

Ticket prices are: £9 per adult, children under five have free entrance and those under 12 pay only £3. For tickets and more information about activities, visit