The end of June is traditionally the time for an iconic Norfolk event, the Royal Norfolk Show, which takes place within five miles of Top Barn Bed and Breakfast. The show gives us an opportunity to see and learn more about many of the things that interest us here at Top Barn, so naturally we try and support it and wanted to share our thoughts in this blog.
This year the Show takes place on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June at the Norfolk Show Ground, just off the A47 near Costessey. It is a well-established and traditional agricultural show that was founded in 1847 and is now the largest two-day agricultural show in England.
Organised by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association the show tends to cater for a wide spectrum of interests beyond just farming, livestock and equine, including country life, food and drink, horticulture, shopping and fashion and a range of entertainment in the main arena.
It is a very big site and we have never been able to do all the things we want in just one day, so invariably we return for a second. To find out a lot more about the 2018 Royal Norfolk Show follow this link .
One of our first destinations at the show will be the Food tent. Well actually not a tent these days but a state of the art purpose-built venue. As food and drink is a big part of our lives at Top Barn we have more than a casual interest in our wonderful local produce. Cheeses, meats, oils, wines, beers, pastries and gin. Last year we sampled more than ten! There are also plenty of cookery and food related demonstrations to keep you occupied
The Show is also a meeting place. Despite around 100,000 people attending over the two days, we always seem to meet many friends to compare notes, share a picnic and have a drink or two! A great place to sit and relax is at the bandstand where various bands from local schools will be performing. Just opposite is the Grandstand so this is usually a good place to meet.
Another one of our favourite areas is the flower and vegetable marquees. We invariably learn something new and occasionally pick up tips from real masters like Monty Don, who visited the Show a few years ago. Over the years many of the plants in our garden at Top Barn have been sourced at the Show from local growers.
Like all outdoor shows of this type the Royal Norfolk Show is very dependant on good weather. Attendance can be reduced by 10-15% if the weather is wet. Fortunately, Norfolk is one of, if not the driest places in England and hopefully this year will be dry and sunny during the Show period. Of course, sometimes it can be wet, but we try not to let this spoil the occasion.
If agricultural shows are your thing or you have never been to one, try the Royal Norfolk Show, it’s likely to provide something for everyone. We sometimes get a Royal visit.
Why not come along – you’ll not be disappointed.