Royal Berkshire Show 2015 | Valerie | Steelasophical Steel Band
Steelasophical performing at the Berkshire Show
Royal County of Berkshire Show
The Newbury and District Agricultural Society was formed in 1909 with the aim of providing a show to replace the local Horse Show. Today the Society is a registered charity established with the aims and the showcase for these aims is one of the most successful agricultural shows in the country – The Royal County of Berkshire Show.
A world-class quad bike stuntman is set to lead the main arena line-up for this year’s Royal County of Berkshire Show at the Newbury Showground on 19 and 20 September.
The Kangaroo Kid (Matt Coulter) will thrill the crowds by performing daring wheelies, rolls and jumps. The announcement of his participation comes as the popular show opens its online ticketing facility, with promises of big savings for those who book early at http://www.berkshireshow.co.uk.
Elsewhere across the 150-acre showground, visitors will find a strong local flavour with ‘Best of Berkshire’ as a major theme for livestock (not least the Berkshire Pig), food, vintage machinery, countryside sports and crafts.
The Kangaroo Kid’s fame has been built on jumping over anything from a steamboat to a row of 14 jeeps – he has even managed to clear a plane in flight! For the Berkshire Show, he will be joined by Paul Hannam, a fan who will fulfil a 20-year dream by riding side-by-side with his idol. Matt demonstrates what’s in store in a specially prepared social media selfie video which can be viewed via the show’s website.
Another main arena attraction will be the delightful Shetland Pony Grand National, a qualifier for a national event which will be making its first visit to Newbury. The showground is, however, the size of a small town and has 19 other rings that will each offer entertainment for people of all ages.
The Berkshire Show never forgets its agricultural origins, and entries are already starting to flow in for the many livestock classes. Owners appreciate the show as the friendly end-of-season event for the show circuit and it regularly attracts entrants from right across Britain, with more than 2,000 animals competing.
This year’s show will also build on the highly successful ‘have a go’ theme launched last year which offers the public taster sessions in in everything from Segways to skateboarding and negotiating an inflatable Army assault course. You can even have your moment as a celebrity chef courtesy of the cookery theatre.
Over two long days, the show also offers a unique out-of-town shopping experience with a range of foods and crafts in particular that are rarely to be found in one place. Potential stand holders are being urged to make early contact with the show office to book space that will, if the 2014 experience is repeated, be reserved quickly.
Show manager, Laura Priestley-Cooper, is excited by the emerging line-up. “Where else but a county show allows you to do your Christmas shopping while also soaking up such a vast array of entertainment?” she says. “Ours is one of the best shows of its type in the country and this year will be no exception.”