If you’re in the mood for immersing yourself in rural life, sometimes an Archers omnibus just won’t do it for you – but there’s no need to wait more than half a year for the next Herts County Show.
Neighbouring Buckinghamshire hosts its annual celebration in the summer – and it all kicks off on Thursday at Aylesbury’s Weedon Park.
As the finishing touches were put in place, show secretary Alison Baylis said: “All is going well, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the good weather will continue. We are fortunate that the show is a very popular part of the local calendar and is always very well supported.”
Main ring attractions this year include the spectacular White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team giving two performances of their acclaimed tricks and death defying stunts, with music provided by the world renowned Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
An impressive horse show includes qualifying classes for the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.
Cattle classes will include the finest beef and dairy animals including Aberdeen Angus, British Charolais, British Simmental, Hereford, Holstein, Jersey, South Devon and Dexters. More than 30 sheep classes include Charollais, Texel, Wiltshire Horn and Berrichon breeds.
The countryside area of the show site will provide a selection of demonstrations and rural pursuits with displays by working gun dogs and hearing dogs for deaf people.
Pre show tickets are cheaper than buying on the day and cost £11.50 for adults, £5 for children aged five to 16 (under fives are free), £9 for OAPs and £28 for a group of two adults and two children. They can be bought online at www.buckscountyshow.co.uk