Annual agricultural Berkeley Show returns to meadow at Berkeley Castle this weekend
BERKELEY Show is back and better than ever.
The much-anticipated show returns to the meadow at Berkeley Castle this Bank Holiday Monday, August 26 following its unfortunate cancellation last year.
A highlight of the agricultural calendar, the show combines livestock classes with entertainment and a wide variety of local produce.
Now in its 111th year, the show welcomes the exhilarating sport of double harness scurry racing for the first time. This involves pairs of ponies pulling four-wheel carriages racing against the clock through a course of obstacles.
The countless horse events certainly take centre stage at the rural fair.
These range from showing classes and showjumping to elegant driving classes and children’s pony events.
Youngsters can take part in classic classes such as Working Hunter Pony, In-Hand showing and the Most Suitable Child’s Pony.
In addition to this all the usual agricultural attractions will be on offer.
There will be heavy horses and rare breeds on show and dog, horse, cattle and sheep showing classes, of which the Pet Lamb and Young Handler classes always prove particularly popular with visitors.
Vintage machinery displays come courtesy of the Stroud Vintage Engine Society, Gloucestershire Beekeepers will be bringing their hives along for the day and there will be parades of the Berkeley Hounds and Wick & District Beagles.
There’s a funfair, bouncy castle and archery area to keep children entertained and with line dancers, belly dancers and musicians, there’s plenty for the adults too.
Joining the ranks of the food stands this year is Love Food, who will be providing cooking demonstrations to the stage throughout the day and visitors can tuck into delicious local farmer’s market products.
The annual agricultural show will be particularly welcome this year after its cancellation in 2012.
Show organisers were forced to call off the popular event with a week’s notice last year due to the amount of standing water in the meadow after a week of heavy rain.
The wet summer and waterlogged meadow meant last year’s Berkeley Skirmish also had to be cancelled.
Berkeley Show opens to the public at 9am and there is free parking adjacent to the field. Admission costs £8 for adults, £5 for children and OAPs and £20 for family tickets of two adults and up to four children.
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