Over 90,000 people are expected to descend on the Three Counties Showground later this week as the Royal Three Counties Show opens its gates.
The landmark event in the agricultural calendar will welcome a true celebration of the finest in farming from Friday 17th June until Sunday 19th June. The Royal Three Counties Show is England’s largest livestock and equine event and sees farmers, families and furry and feathered friends immerse themselves in the 3-day spectacle.
Chief Executive of the Three Counties Agricultural Society Ken Nottage said: “2016 is a momentous year for the Royal Three Counties Show as we welcome the pedigree of the farming world to another thrilling year for our premier Livestock and lifestyle event. A pinnacle moment of the weekend will be when the King’s Troop takes over the Main Arena to perform their earth shattering salute each day. We are eagerly awaiting their performance, hot off the heels of last weekend’s 90th birthday celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen. This year we also welcome more school children than ever before and we are deeply proud to be sharing the many educational benefits of farming. We cannot wait to throw open our gates and share what is to be a vibrant and landmark year for the Royal Three Counties Show as the countdown begins.”
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2016
- Offering the only opportunity to be seen outside of London, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will dominate the Main Arena twice each day as they perform their world-renowned musical drive, seen just last week at Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday celebrations. The Band of the Queen’s Division will also provide live musical accompaniment to the magnificent displays.
- HRH Princess Royal, patron of the Royal Three Counties Show, will open this year’s event. HRH Princess Royal will be in attendance to inaugurate the opening ceremony of the show, along with presenting the Three Counties Agricultural Society Long Service Awards.
- Royal Three Counties stalwart and BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson will return for 2016 taking to the ring twice each day to share his expert knowledge of farming.
- Harry Potter fans will have the chance to try their hand at a game of Quidditch. Quidditch UK, the national governing body for the sport, will take the best-loved fictional game from page to pitch with workshops and matches of the game on Saturday of the show.
- A life size replica of The Bloodhound, the car set to smash the world’s fastest land speed record later this year, will be a focal point of the Sports Village throughout the weekend. The ultimate jet and rocket powered car is the most extraordinary and complex racing car ever built and has been crafted in the UK by a team of aerospace experts, weighing in at a mammoth 7.5 tonnes and reaching speeds of over 1,050 mph.
- Over 400 eager Scouts, Beavers and Cubs from across the Three Counties will receive a unique Occasion Badge at this year’s event. The show has introduced this exclusive Scout Badge to reward members of the scouting community for their support of the event.
- This year’s Royal Three Counties Show will welcome more school children than ever before to immerse themselves in the fun of the farm. Record numbers of over 3,500 school children from 60 schools will visit the show on Friday, entirely free of charge.
- Herefordshire based Champion National Hunt Jockey Richard Johnson will parade his 2000 Gold Cup winning horse, Looks Like Trouble in the Main Arena, along with presenting awards to competitors in the equine classes on Saturday of the show. The Equine Village will see over 2,800 entries across the 3 days and 51 Horse of the Year Qualifiers.
- Supermodels of the sheep world will take to the ‘wool walk’ in a Fashion Show as part of the Discover Sheep area. Celebrating the story of wool, an educational trail will be included in this area alongside hands on spinning, felting and knitting displays for visitors.
- For the first time ever, both The Rase Beef Burke Trophy and The Rase Dairy Burke Trophy will be hosted at the Royal Three Counties Show. A huge honour for the show, these prestigious trophies will be the highlight of the cattle sections.
- The World Congress of Devon Cattle Society will congregate at the 2016 Royal Three Counties Show. The congress brings together Devon cattle breeders from across the globe as the fraternity share knowledge and discuss breeding programmes, genetic diversity and future proofing this native British breed.
- New area, the Smallholders and Alternative Livestock Enterprise Village will provide a platform for smallholders to share their ideas and skills in a friendly and informative environment. This area will host all things great and small, from bees and honey to alpacas and goats, and the ever popular poultry and rabbits, together with the exciting new Village Show.
The Royal Three Counties Show will take place from Friday 17 June until Sunday 19 June 2016. Tickets are now on sale. Tickets are available on the gate priced from £22 for adults and £7 for children. Family and concession tickets are available on the gate also.
For information on ticket prices and further information on the show, please visit www.threecounties.co.uk/threecounties or call 01684 584900.