The highlight of the show will be the visit by Prince Harry on Thursday, but there are lots of other things to see and do, including the Shetland Pony Grand National, the chance to have a go at making sausages, go pond dipping in the Wildlife zone, and see an Apache Helicopter demonstration by the Army Air Corps.
The traditional tradestands will include hundreds of local and national retailers, including huge pieces of farm machinery such as tractors and combine harvesters. The show will also see thousands of entries in first class livestock competitions, with cattle, pigs, sheep and horses among the attractions for the public.
The Suffolk Agricultural Association, who organise the annual show, are particularly excited by the new major feature, the Farm Discovery Zone. It is a journey through every aspect of food production from the ground to the plate, all laid out in different themes, including the farm machinery used over the years to discover how technology has developed. The family can cook together with cereal crops like wheat and oats with Cook With Me Kids, see the beginnings of the poultry lifecycle with the new Easton Farm Park hatchery, hold a new-born chick, they stroke a sheep, milk a cow, discover where sausages come from. Anglia Pea Growers and representatives from the Potato Council and local vegetable farmers will be on hand to demonstrate how vegetables look when in the ground. Combinable crops, the theme for the 2014 Suffolk Farming School of the Year will be demonstrated through illustrations and samples of various grains and there is a chance to have a go at cooking them up with Emma Haines of Cook with Me Kids. A display of threshing machines and combines and mini digger display will show how the crops are planted and harvested.
There will be lots for young people to do at the show, as children 14 and under can now enter the showground for free. New Show Director Bill Baker, himself a father of five, has chosen “explore, discover, taste and enjoy” as his theme for his first Show. “There will be many new areas for all our visitors to explore and discover everything about food, farming and the countryside and most of the activities are for free. So from when the gates open at 7.30am until well after 5pm your children aged 14 and under can have a day out that will cost you absolutely nothing for them, and they will have fun discovering all about the place they live and all the food that is grown there. Where else can they stroke a sheep, milk a cow, sit in the latest tractor cab and an Apache helicopter simulator? You can all cook, pond-dip, sample different foods, see sheep shorn, watch international showjumping, stand beside a giant hedgehog made from willow and check out some great shopping, all in the same day!”
Suffolk is a fantastic county for food and the Greene King Eat Street has new vendors with amazing food to go. Among them,Aspalls will bring its famous cider barn, Eleveden Estate its tea tent, chose from foods from the Waffle Works, Flippin’ Pancakes, Hadleys Dairy Products, Simply Duck, International Seafoods and find out what’s jumping at Bonni’s Reggae Hut! The Adnams Food and Drink Experience will showcase more than 42 regionally produced new tastes and offer the opportunity to sample and buy local favourites to take home, cook with and enjoy. Here Hillfarm Oils, the first UK produced cold-pressed rapeseed oil to hit the supermarket shelves launched at the Show a decade ago, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with some great promotions. Scarlett and Mustard, renowned for its five dressings, Dazed and Confused Oils and Billy’s Chilli Jam, goes sweet to launch a brand new range of four Curd Herds.
Tickets are still available from local outlets and online here.