The Lincolnshire Show has to be one of the most anticipated events in the Lincolnshire County Calendar; two days just full all kinds of fun entertainment, shopping, animals and good, local food. What could be better?
I know, a lot of sunshine! And luckily the 2015 Show fell on what was one of the hottest days of the year so far; it made all of the exploring that much more enjoyable! And trust me, there is certainly A LOT to discover.
Traditionally, the Lincolnshire Show is an agricultural event, and chances are you enter the showgrounds via the agricultural machinery area or the countryside area, so this is always a good place to start your day, after you’ve had a wonder around the Showground to see what is happening, of course.
In amongst the sheep, pigs, farmyard crafts, fishing and cattle, you’ll find the Countryside Ring, showing displays of wood sculpture carvings, dog agility and falconry. You can visit the livestocks in their tents and watch a little showjumping in the equine area which is always impressive.
Within the Showground is rows upon rows of stalls, selling everything from clothing and accessories, crafts and homemade goods, to holidays, toys and pet supplies. Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop, near Gainsborough, always has a popular stall, and this year the stand made a move to a larger spot.
Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop is renowned for selling a host of local produce, and its stall is no different. In addition to oils, fresh fruit and vegetables and ice-cream, the farm shop sold it’s own cakes and treats, baked on site in the bakery.
And Pipers Crisps went all out with their stall this year, providing circus workshops for children!
Many of the county’s organisations have their own stalls, and a must visit this year was Visit Lincoln.
2015 has been a tremendous year for the city with Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations, and this was reflected in their stall at the show. It showcased Lincolnshire throughout the ages, including exhibits from Gainsborough Old Hall, and even went on to win one of the show’s prestigious awards!
Of course, you can’t visit the Lincolnshire Show without spending a good part of your day in the Food Court. Cheese, sausages, pies, fresh fruit, drinks, cakes and sweets; there’s so much food to enjoy! And that’s not to mention the abundance of pop-up stalls selling pulled pork, Lincolnshire Red beef burgers, and Lincolnshire Sausages.
This was my hearty breakfast, a Mountain’s Boston Sausage bun, quite possibly the best variation of a Lincolnshire sausage that I have ever tried! For lunch, I wanted to try something a little different, and so went to a stall called Wild Things and had a grilled halloumi and salad flatbread, with lashings of sour cream.
And an ice-cream for dessert.
In the centre of the Food Court is the Demonstration Kitchen, and each year the Show features a selection of local chefs and food producers who demonstrate their cookery skills. This year featured the likes of Jane Tomlinson of Redhill Farm Free Range Pork, a team from the Strait and Narrow, and The Lincolnshire Chef.
Steve, the Executive Head Chef of The Comfy Duck, made his own take on a classic scotch egg, with a duck breast main and creme brulees which were snapped up by the hungry crowd in no time!
For a slower, more relaxing pace, visit the Horticultural area. Here you’ll find floral displays and competitions, lots of garden inspiration and the WI tent, which has it’s own displays and cafe selling cake!
Finally, you can’t leave The Lincolnshire Show with out visiting the Main Ring. Throughout the two days there are many acts to enjoy, making it the perfect place to relax in the sunshine.
One of the main attractions this year was the RAF Falcons.
The military parachute team free fell from 12,000 ft in the air at 120 miles per hour! But being the professionals they are, they landed in the centre of the Main Ring to cheers from the crowd.
One of my favourite acts, however, has to be the Parade of the Hounds.
Every year, packs of Fox Hounds and Beagles, including the oldest private pack of English Fox Hounds, the Brocklesby Hounds, enter the ring and race with the horses and hunters – minus one cheeky hound who escaped the ring! At the end of the display, the public can then enter the ring to meet the dogs – it’s all very cute.
What a perfect partnership to mark the end of a great, sunny day!
The Lincolnshire Show will return in 2016 on 22nd and 23rd June – I can’t wait!