PUBLISHED: 11:16 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 20 February 2013
With the Royal Bath and West Show coming up on 28-31 May 2008, we take a look at some of the highlights the organisers have in store for us this year. More than 150,000 people expected to attend over the course of the three-day event and so this y...
Young and old alike will enjoy watching the proud handlers leading their prize animals around the ring at the Royal Bath and West Show www.bathandwest.com. Visitors will also be able to see, at close hand, demonstrations of traditional rural and agricultural crafts, such as horse shoeing and sheep shearing.
Young children will love visiting the livestock areas, where they will be able to get up close to some of their favourite farm animals. Meanwhile, children of a slightly older age should head for the Imagineering roadshow, which aims to make science, technology and engineering fun for those aged between 8 and 16. To ensure that you won't miss a thing, a specially designed family trail takes you on a tour of a wide variety of areas and will turn you into explorers for the day - and there will be plenty of craft and wildlife activities, as well as quizzes and challenges along with way.
The arenas will be a constant hub of activity and will be the perfect place to stop by for an ice cream break. Displays include show jumping, scurry driving, dog agility, falconry, heavy horses, steam engines and classic cars. One of the highlights will be the Chariots of Fire, the famous carriage-driving stunt team, who will be showing off their skills, jumping through fire and over people!
Dog owners will also have the opportunity to get involved with a sport brand new to the UK - called DockDogs www.dockdogs.com. Any visitor with a canine friend and ball can participate, and the dog who jumps the furthest, highest and retrieves their toy the quickest, wins the competition.
Adventure-seekers should take the chance to try their hand at canoeing on the picturesque lake, or book a go on Extreme Off Road's 4x4 off-road adventure course. For those who would prefer to watch the world pass by at a more leisurely pace, the showground's permanent miniature railway is a great way to watch the action.
Young and old alike will enjoy watching the proud handlers leading their prize animals around the ring
There will also be pavilions and stalls around the ground, showcasing the finest examples of local craft and artwork. A floral marquee will present the opportunity to buy plants or simply seek out advice or new inspiration, and the finest food and drink will be on show, including a dedicated cheese pavilion, offering sampling opportunities.
Also high on the list of priorities for everyone should be a visit to the Eco Zone. This interactive area of the show offers visitors the opportunity to discover simple and easy ways to improve the energy efficiency of their home. There will be advisors on hand from the Renewable Energy Foundation as well as other experts. Go along with your questions and queries and you might well come away with some new ideas and inspiration.
Home owners with improvements in the planning, should also take the opportunity to seek out Martin Roberts from BBC TV's 'Homes Under the Hammer'. Martin will be attending every day of the Show, selling signed copies of his new book 'Teach Yourself: Making Money From Property', as well as offering the opportunity for six individuals to win the chance of spending a day filming with him.
Tickets booked in advance cost £17 for adults and 15 for concessions. Children under five go free and each adult ticket admits two children aged 5-15. To book tickets call the ticket office on tel 01749 822222 or visit www.bathandwest.com.