‘The show must go on’ - Flooding forces Framlingham Country Show to relocate 20 miles to Trinity Park
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Flooding has forced organisers of a Suffolk country show to relocate to a site nearly 20 miles from the town it is named after.
The ninth Framlingham Country Show will take place this weekend in Trinity Park, near Ipswich, after the “extreme wet weather” of recent days left its usual venue water-logged.
Organisers confirmed the decision had been taken in mutual agreement with Framlingham College, which has hosted the show’s previous outings on a site overlooked by the town’s famous castle.
It comes after parts of Suffolk and Essex saw more than half a month’s average rainfall over the bank holiday weekend - leading to the cancellation of many Easter events.
Classic Festivals and Evens, which organises the country show, said the wet weather had left the site in Framlingham water-logged and the nearby mere was overflowing.
In a statement, it added: “However, thanks to the fantastic Trinity Park stepping in and enabling Classic Festivals and Events to run the show at The Suffolk Showground.
“This has enabled Classic Festivals and Events to continue with their most established show for the ninth year running and avoid cancelling the show, which has already affected so many events this year.
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“This means that over 100 trade-stands, hot food vendors, children’s entertainers, dog breeders, animals and rural crafters have been saved from another potential event-cancellation.”
Classic Festivals said the show will be a “fabulous day out for all the family with something for everybody”.
Highlights include a visit from The Great British Bake Off winner, Sophie Faldo, who hails from Suffolk and will be demonstrating in the cookery tent.
Jonathan Marshall, who has worked on the hit TV series Game of Thrones will be bringing his dancing horses and birds of prey display.
Popular attractions from previous years will also be returning, including the Festival of Dogs, food and drink, motorbike displays and a living history show.
“We look forward to welcoming all our fantastic visitors to the show again this year, which is set to be even bigger and better this year at the Suffolk Showground,” a spokesman for Classic Festivals added.
The Framlingham Country Show runs 10am–5pm on Saturday and Sunday at Trinity Park in Felixstowe Road.
Visit the Framlingham Country Show website for more information, including tickets.