Showtime, Heatwave and Happy Days, And Evening.
Thank you… for joining in with this year’s Royal Norfolk Show. We hope that you enjoyed yourselves!
Although the hot weather dominated the Show all our visitors coped admirably with the conditions and our volunteers and medical services attended to the few who were unfortunate enough to suffer. This year we increased our presence on social media and encouraged visitors to share more about their experiences of the Show. There are some highlights of the Show on the Show pages.
Watch, eat, play, learn, shop, stay cool, relax! It was our mantra! And visitors certainly embraced it.
Everyone enjoyed the agricultural, livestock and equestrian competitions and displays. It was an amazing line-up featuring over 3,000 animals and lots of humans too!
The highlights of the 80 hours of action in the rings included a spectacular display by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Musical Ride, entertainment from the Band of The Queen’s Division and four amazing jumps by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team – including several from about 2 miles above the Showground. Scurry Driving, the Parade of Hounds plus the Showjumping events all added to the packed Grand Ring schedule. Elsewhere, the racing pigs from Church Farm Stow Bardolph were highly popular with young and old visitors alike, our Farrier competition was closely fought and there was much morse to see and enjoy than ever.
The 80 food and drink exhibitor stands and the 15 top Norfolk chefs who were performing in the cookery theatre at the Adnams Food and Drink Experience enjoyed meeting the audiences and sampled local produce. The cookery theatre programme included some lovely and seasonal recipes from the chefs and will help visitors to create the dishes at home.The other eateries and food courts across the Showground were popular despite the hot weather – the beer flowed and barbecues sizzled. The picnic areas were well used as visitors drifted towards our cooler, wooded, shady spots.
At the Garage Music stage and in our Bandstand people came to relax and listen to all kinds of music from jazz to rock n roll. There was non-stop music throughout the show and the evening set played by the Joe Ringer Band on Wednesday evening was much appreciated by those who wanted to extend their day and relax.
The Discovery Zone and was full of school children and other young visitors and their families who were keen to learn more about food and farming. The new Talk Tent attracted appreciative audiences who listened intently to the inspiring speakers and diverse range of subjects including an appearance by the Rambert Dance Company.
Two days of catwalk shows, fabulous fashion and beauty ensured a steady stream of visitors to the Jarrold stand. The two personal stylists at the fashion shows for both men and women were in demand. The clothes from the catwalks were sold at the end of the Show and were very popular with bargain hunters.
Hats sold well as people perused the 687 stands, which were selling everything from original art and crafts, farm and agricultural machinery, cars, clothing, jewellery, financial services, horticultural and gardening products, furniture and homeware products, pet paraphernalia, sports equipment, club memberships, property consultancy, photography, glamping pods, and fishing equipment.
Visitors did take the opportunity to stay a little longer on Wednesday evening. It was a chance to enjoy a meal, meet friends, drink at the bar and make the most of the balmy weather and miss heavy traffic homeward bound.
Most of all, the Royal Norfolk Show yet again proved that it is the place where the county can come out to celebrate. Be it successful businesses, long-service awards, educational achievement, prize-winning livestock – or even our fabulous Premiership football team’s new kit – the Show was the place to have a great time and enjoy success.
So, again from us all here at the Norfolk Showground – thank you for making Show Time your own. We look forward to seeing you again next year – 29 and 30 June 2016 – and, in the meantime keep an eye out for the many other great events that happen here throughout the year.