Holbecks Park, Hadleigh.
This year the Hadleigh Show is celebrating its 175th anniversary making it one of the oldest one-day agricultural shows in the country. Set in the beautiful Holbecks Park and organised by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association this year’s theme is, “How We Farm Today”. An ever popular event, the show has all the features you might expect from a traditional celebration of rural Suffolk but also a great deal more. Show Director Paul Gillies says this year that there will be lots of modern farm machinery on show and demonstrations in the ring too, allowing visitors to see it being put through its paces.
Alongside the modern technology traditional heritage will be represented by vintage tractors, the “Flying Fergies” and the county’s very own Suffolk Horses. To show that farming in the region is still very much about families, Paul’s son Angus is the star of this year’s advertising campaign proving that it is never too young to start. Angus and friends will also enjoy the Land Train, introduced last year, which will once again take children around the showground and stamp their “passports” at various stands to claim their prize.
Also returning is “The Sheep Show”, a humorous yet educational live stage show about sheep and wool with some surprisingly talented dancing sheep! The separately run, but always popular, Bert Stocks Fun Fair will also thrill adults and children alike. Ringside entertainment features the Welsh Axemen, the Young Farmers Tug-O-War, Cyril the Squirrel and the racing terriers and the “Dog and Duck” show – with the dog rounding up ducks instead of sheep. There are more than 150 classes of cattle, sheep, goats and horses on show and over 120 trade stands exhibiting.
Visitors can also enjoy the Art Exhibition and Sale, Rural Crafts and the popular Flower Tent. ‘Have a go’ areas include the Education Tent, featuring art from local schools and where you can mill wheat, make bread dough and test your skills in identifying seeds and vegetables. The Food Hall will as usual showcase the very best local food and drink producers, tempting you to sample and buy.
Tickets can be purchased on-line. Early-Bird Discounts are available before May 16 with family tickets(2 Adults with up to 3 Children) £24, adults - £9 (£12 on day),child 5-16 – £5 (£7 on day)