Once a year, thousands of people pack up their cars and travel to the Lincolnshire Show. The two-day extravaganza returned for the 130th year on 18th and 19th June, and it was just as big as ever.
Over the two days, thousands and thousands of visitors enjoyed and celebrated a whole showground (the Lincolnshire Showground, to be precise) full of local delights – fresh food of all kinds, shopping at the stalls of the county’s retailers and tradespeople, award-winning animals and livestock, and show-stopping entertainment.
With so much happening at the Show, it’s easy to miss something. Luckily the Showground is split into separate areas, each bustling with activity at all times, so you can explore each in your own time.
The Main Ring
To start is the Clydesdale Bank Main Ring, which has entertainment for all the family running for more than 10 hours throughout the day. This year’s live acts included the British Scurry and Trials Driving challenge, the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, Broke FMX and the RAF Falcons, who put on a thrilling, free-falling display as the headline act. The Parade of Hounds proved to be a favourite of many, with visitors invited to enter the Main Ring to meet the packs of Foxhounds, Beagles and Basset Hounds.The incredible Red Arrows gave a fly-by performance too, fresh from Trooping the Colour the previous weekend.
The Countryside Area
Lincolnshire is an agricultural county, so naturally you will find livestock parades, showjumping and horse trials, sheep shows and beekeeping within the Duckworth Isuzu Countryside Area of the Show. You could admire the award-winning cows and sheep between watching the acts of the Countryside Ring. Pakefield Ferrets, United Retrievers, Cuerdon Falconry and Police Dogs all gave displays, alongside Chainsaw Sculptures and Jive Pony – the UK’s premier female equestrian display team.
The Food Court
Undoubtedly, this was a favourite location of many foodies throughout the two day event. For breakfast, you could enjoy a traditional Lincolnshire sausage bun, followed by a Lincoln Red burger, a tray of traditional fish and chips or a vegetable stir-fry for lunch, with snacks of crisps, homemade fudge (in a variety of flavours) or fresh strawberries, to name just a few. You could take home Lincolnshire cheeses straight from the farm, home-grown fruit and vegetables and packs of locally-reared meat, but not before washing it all down with old fashioned lemonade, freshly brewed coffee or a refreshing pint of beer.
This was also the home of the Demonstration Kitchen, which welcomed the likes of TV chef Rachel Green, Andrew Dennis of Woodlands Organics Farm, Mary Davenport of Cote Hill Cheese, Jane Tomlinson of Redhill Farm Free Range Pork and The Straight and Narrow, who created cocktails with their cocktail making demonstration.
The Gardening Zone
This was the place to go for green-fingered enthusiasts who wanted the ultimate gardening inspiration. Floral displays, including those entering The Willows Garden Centre Flower Show and Floral Decorations, were on show for visitors to admire; hues of purple, blue and pinks seemed to be the colours to plant this summer.
More to Discover
From vintage tractor displays and live music in the trade stands, to fair ground rounds and games, there was still so much to see and do around the Showground. And not forgetting the Woldmarsh Discovery Zone Performance Area, which had performances of cheerleading, morris dancing, gymnastics and street dance, as well as the Sports Zone with special guests Jade Etherington, Alpine Skiing Winter Olympian, and Jack Harvey, Racing Driver.
The Lincolnshire Show will return next June for the 131st Show; www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk will have all the details in due course.