Gallery: Animals are top attraction at West Suffolk Country Show

The 2015 West Suffolk Country Show at Rougham nr. Bury St Edmunds.

The 2015 West Suffolk Country Show at Rougham nr. Bury St Edmunds. - Credit:

Parading Newfoundland dogs, miniature ponies and vintage steam engines were among the top attractions at a country fair in west Suffolk this weekend.

Visitors to the event, at Rougham Airfield, near Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday and Sunday, could also watch demonstrations of practical horsemanship, have a go at bottle feeding lambs or try their hand at clay pigeon shooting.

The broad range of entertainment included ferret racing, a birds of prey flying demonstration and a goat show.

Younger visitors could enjoy a children’s farm, funfair rides and circus workshops. There was also a chance to learn rural craft skills or purchase arts and crafts from an array of local traders.

Meanwhile, the Sunday saw a ‘Companion Dog Show’ with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

On both days, local producers peddled their wares which ranged from real ales to scrumpy cider.

One of the organisers, Emma Owen, said apart from an early downpour on Sunday, the weather had been kind.

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She added: “We had a good turnout with a super crowd who were all very enthusiastic about the broad range of entertainment.

“A highlight for me was all the steam engines and vintage vehicles which formed a parade in the afternoon.

“This tied in with the history of the site and the original ‘Wings, Wheels and Steam’ event which used to be held at Rougham Airfield and was run by the late Sir John Agnew.

“The Newfoundland dogs offered something a bit different and the practical horse demonstrations with Grant Bazin also proved popular.

“Across the range, there was something for everyone and I think it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.”