Gallery: Countryside comes to central Colchester at annual country show

A bird of prey flies around the arena during a flying display at the Colchester Town and Country Sho

A bird of prey flies around the arena during a flying display at the Colchester Town and Country Show. - Credit: Su Anderson

A taste of the countryside came to the centre of Colchester over the weekend as crowds flocked to the Colchester Town and Country Show.

A bird of prey flies around the arena during a flying display at the Colchester Town and Country Sho

A bird of prey flies around the arena during a flying display at the Colchester Town and Country Show. - Credit: Su Anderson

There was plenty of family fun at the fair with birds of prey, dog shows, arts and craft exhibitions along with heritage and acrobatic displays.

A miniature farm was also set up within the Castle Park venue with goats, piglets, chickens, and even baby lambs for youngsters to bottle feed.

Organisers Oakleigh Fairs, based in Nayland, said final numbers had not yet been confirmed but they expected a record turnout for the Saturday.

Emma Owen, director, said: “We are really pleased with how it has gone, and it has been very busy – especially for a Saturday.

A bird of prey flies around the arena during a flying display at the Colchester Town and Country Sho

A bird of prey flies around the arena during a flying display at the Colchester Town and Country Show. - Credit: Su Anderson


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“Even the grey clouds parted for a time with the sunshine joining in the fun.

“We had children taking part in the birds of prey display and racing the terriers at one of the dog events – we like people to join in and feel it is their show too.

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“It is the sixth year running in Colchester and we are already looking forward to year seven.”

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