The Royal Norfolk Show is one of my favourite events of the year. There’s so much to see and do, showcasing the best of our wonderful county. Although the weather hasn’t been very good this year, it didn’t stop everyone from having a great time at the Show.
Here are my top 10 highlights…
1. Adnams Food and Drink Experience
To anyone who knows me it’ll come as absolutely no surprise at all that the food hall is at the top of my list! Packed with over 70 different local producers, the Adnams Food and Drink Experience is not to be missed. I actually made 3 trips…one to look around and taste, another to go around for some more tasters (mid afternoon snack…a necessity), and then the final one to make all my purchases (obviously after tasting them again)
2. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery
This was my favourite display in the Grand Ring. It was the only appearance the Troop are making this year outside of London, and it really was amazing to watch.
3. Judging the cattle and sheep
The Royal Norfolk Show offers over 600 livestock classes which you can watch in the various judging arenas. It’s also fun to wander around the marquees to watch the handlers prepare the animals and judge each category for yourself.
4. Parravanis Ice Cream
Come rain or shine, no day at the Norfolk Show (or any day out in Norfolk for that matter) is complete without a Parravanis ice cream!
5. Shop ’till you drop
Although most of my shopping is done in the food hall, there are hundreds of shopping opportunities around the Show ranging from top-end retailers to bespoke Norfolk goods. One of my favourites is the Joules marquee which is always full of lots of great bargains.
6. Jarrold Fashion Show
A showcase of some of the best pieces from the latest collections at Norwich’s flagship independent store, the Jarrold Fashion Show is not to be missed.
7. Grow it, Cook it, Eat it stage
The cookery theatre hosts demonstrations from some of Norfolk’s most famous chefs, revealing their best recipes and culinary tricks, and showcasing the best seasonal and regional produce from Norfolk’s land and see. This year’s highlights included an appearance from celebrity chef Jimmy Doherty, and ‘Creating a Showstopper Cake’ with The Great British Bake Off’s Kate Barmby. My favourite recipe was Pan fried skate with cockle and samphire butter by Richard Hughes of The Assembly House, which can be found here.
8. Horse of the Year Show qualifiers
28 Horse of the Year Show qualifiers took place at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, ranging from show jumping to scurry driving. The equine classes are definitely one of my favourite parts of the Show, but it always really makes me miss riding, playing polo, and just generally being around horses.
9. Browsing the Countryside Area
There are so many great things to see in the Countryside area of the Show, including the ‘Broads Village’ and the ‘Forestry and Wood Village’. My favourite are the working gundog demonstrations from the Mid-Norfolk Gundog Club.
10. Flower and Garden Show
In partnership with the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society, on show are a some magnificent floral displays and competitions supporting the ‘Food, Farming and Countryside’ theme. This year’s flower and garden show focused on roses (my favourite!) and sweet peas, along with other cut flowers, pot plants, fruit and vegetables.
11. The bonus one…
Although the weather meant it couldn’t go ahead this year, I can’t talk about the Royal Norfolk Show without mentioning the amazing RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. It’s a real shame they couldn’t go ahead whilst I was visiting the Show, but I can’t wait to watch them return next year, when hopefully the sun will decide to join us!
As always, I had a brilliant day at the Royal Norfolk Show and would really recommend it – it really is a great day out for everyone.
I even found myself the perfect tractor!
Love Emily x