Suffolk Show: What to look forward to in 2011

There will be the usual stunning ring displays and the myriad of animals to marvel at; whether this is the livestock and equine champions or the children’s farm.

As well as this, be prepared to indulge in the finest gastronomic delights from around the county and be inspired by the beautiful and innovative homes and gardens experience.

Once again the displays at the show are second to none - the Wattisham army air corps will set the Grand Ring alight with an exclusive military display including Apache helicopters, abseiling stunts and an exciting rescue mission. The Shetland Pony Grand National will see some of the most accomplished child jockeys partake in a dash across mini ‘Aintree’ hurdles, and be sure to catch Titan the Robot, an international superstar in the street entertainment world who can cleverly mimic the actions of the public.

In the wake of the increasing food tourism in the county, the Suffolk Show has embraced the opportunity to showcase local producers and highlight the role of food in preserving our local cultural heritage. Those that use food as a reason to travel and discover new markets, outlets and restaurants will be delighted with the Adnam’s Food and Drink Experience, a display of all their finest products. The Cookery Theatre’s line up of chefs will provide inspiration, cooking local produce in new and exciting ways. What’s more the new Eat Street features a vast array of cuisines to sample in a ‘caf� pavement’ style setting.

There are many new areas added to the show this year. In light of the upcoming 2012 Olympics, the space devoted to Suffolk sport has increased with a showcase of 25 different sports and a chance to meet the county’s Olympic hopefuls. The new Gardening for All marquee will have some of the nation’s gardening organisations on hand to impart valuable advice. In addition, the flower arrangement competition is back this year with the theme ‘here comes summer’, and the stewards introducing classes for under 11s. The Suffolk Agricultural Association has also taken this chance to demonstrate the traditional skills and heritage of agriculture in the county - visitors will be able to see competing colleges partake in classes from carpentry to flint-knapping. The Dog Show has also been given a new arena which promises to be better than ever with its own tradestand, exhibition and catering area.

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Shopping and business are transformed at the show this year, with a new Equine and Countryside village to bring together retailers and suppliers as well as an emphasis on green and sustainable products. As usual, representatives of local businesses will attend the show to raise awareness with clients. Overall the Show should be a refreshing and interesting experience for all. Don’t miss it!

Full price tickets bought on the day are �43, �19, �7, �17 and �5 respectively.

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