Discover a range of exciting activities including science experiences and agricultural exhibitions. Highlights will include the Institute of Physics, Master Composters and interactive displays by Easton & Otley College. The Zone also includes a performance space – an area to watch various educational and inspirational guest speakers, including scientists, poets and farmers. This area is hugely popular with the 10 000 youngsters who visit the Show.
Schools and Careers Trails – Norfolk’s biggest Outdoor Classroom
The Show will be packed with interesting and engaging activities for school children to watch and take part in. Our new school trails will provide an excellent framework for activities which help enhance the national curriculum.
This area reflects the importance of the Broads to our industries, culture and landscape. Come and meet the organisations involved in promoting and working in the Broads National Park or try one of the many activities on offer. Discover more about the work of the Broads Authority and how you can become involved.
Our Sports’ Village is headed by Active Norfolk, supported by Leicester Tigers and a number of other organisations. Come and try your hand at a range of sporting activities designed for all ages.
Come and see the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and other countryside favourites. Look out for the programme of ring activities which will include the highly popular pig racing from Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Sovereign Quarter Horses, Dog and Duck show, Dog Agility show and large-bird displays with the Raptor Trust. Elsewhere in the countryside experience visit our Forestry and Wood Village or try your hand at archery or fly fishing and much more.
The village will house a wealth of local crafts and many crafted items will be for sale. Many Woodland crafts can be found in the Forestry and Wood Village.
Mr Mawkin’s Farm and the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST)
Visit Mr Mawkin’s sheep, pigs, turkeys and goats. Get up close and learn about the diverse breeds from all corners of Great Britain and beyond. Popular with all our visitors, Mr Mawkin’s farm displays the best of Norfolk’s rare breeds – big and small. The RBST East Anglian Support Group will showcase their important work protecting and promoting rare breeds.
This area will have a fantastic array of performing arts and musical acts from local performing arts groups. Watch out for our programme of acts to be announced in due course.
Flower and Garden Show
In partnership with the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society we are pleased to deliver a show of floral displays, floral art classes and competitions all of which support our theme of Food, Farming and the Countryside. This year’s flower and garden show focuses on roses and sweet peas, along with other cut flowers, pot plants, fruit and vegetables.
The Innovation Hub is a superb opportunity to see the new agri-technology that is emerging from the East of England. Tying together the latest advances in agricultural science, technology and engineering, the Innovation Hub will provide an exciting dimension to this year’s show. The initiative is led by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and Agri-Tech East.
Adnams Food and Drink Experience – Proudly Norfolk!
In the Food hall over 70 food and drink local producers will provide a sensation of tantalising scents and flavours – sizzling sausages, tempting pies, creamy cheeses and posh pop. With a focus on top quality local food and drink producers, we were delighted to help promote all that’s great in Norfolk. Visitors will be able to tempt their taste buds to the extreme, whilst indulging in mouth-watering sumptuous strawberries, local liqueurs and the most delicious Norfolk apple juice, before returning home with a basket full of pâté, pickles, jams, breads and other temptations including fudge, seasonal fruit, seafood, frothy coffees and amazing cakes.
Art of Butchery
Introduced in 2016 the Art of butchery was an immediate hit with our visitors. Located in the Adnams Food and Drink Experience the county’s top butchers will be putting on a range of demonstrations for you throughout the two days.
Grow it, Cook it, Eat it Stage
This year’s Stage will be supporting the theme of Food, Farming and the Countryside. There will be two days of demonstrations and talks by some of Norfolk’s top chefs from our most famous eateries revealing the best recipes and culinary tricks. The Stage will showcase the best seasonal and regional produce from Norfolk’s land and sea. Watch out for our programme of Stage events.
The Show is always pleased to support the Armed Forces. Many of the RAF and Army units based in Norfolk will be present with displays of current equipment and interactive stands.
Show Art Gallery and Art Auction
The Art Gallery on 3rd Drive will house an impressive collection of local art this year. There will be hundreds of pieces of art and sculpture on display – all original artwork from a wealth of local talent, both amateur and professional. With work from many artists and sculptors on display, everything from graphite drawings, textile pieces, oil paintings and ceramic sculptures can be found.
Vintage Machinery and Attractions
The Show hosts Farm and Rural Past, Starting Handle Club and the Vintage Fairground. Come and see vintage tractors, stationary engines, horticultural machinery and their various attachments to understand how farming was carried out in the age before modern equipment. Old cars, trucks, motorcycles, steam engines and bicycles will be on display.
Best Dressed & Headline Hat
Get Spotted at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show and you could go home with a £250 intu Chapelfield Gift Card. If you’ve put a great outfit together, you could be one of the stylish winners of the ‘Best Dressed Show Visitor’ or ‘Headline Hat’ competitions.
intu Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich will have a team of Style Spotters scouring the showground on both days of the Show to find well-dressed visitors with their own unique sense of style. It’s not about how much you spend on your outfit, but how your clothes and accessories are put together to make you look and feel great.
#RNSbestdressed Tag yourself in the pics if you took part in either competition at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.
Norfolk Farm Machinery Club
For over 50 years The Norfolk Farm Machinery Club have been running the “New Ideas Machinery Competition” at the Royal Norfolk Show. This display and competition highlights the adaptions and new thinking about farm machinery coming from our farms here in Norfolk. Often as a result of particular circumstances and needs of an individual farm, these ideas coming out of the farm workshop fulfil a need to make the best in cultivation practice on the farm, or just to make the working day easier. The exhibits we show on the stand are often eagerly awaited by other visitors and farmers who come to see if they can do any better! Competition winners receive a number of trophies for their efforts.
As an extension of the New Ideas Competition, The Norfolk Farm Machinery Club have initiated an “Innovations” competition for commercial manufacturers of farm machinery, for which they can compete for the “NORMAC” Trophy. This is open to any manufacturer of farm machinery with a new concept. We are not just looking for another piece of shiny new kit, but a radical redesign. The entry doesn’t have to be the whole machine, but may be, for instance, just a radical new hydraulic valve, or a radical bit of software in the control system to make the machine more versatile or easier to use. Manufacturers are eager to be involved in this initiative as it shows the visiting public and farmers that they are actively developing new ideas and taking their designs forward to stay ahead of the competition.
We always try to find a high profile person to judge the competitions who is well known in the industry, and this year we welcome Mr Alistair Taylor CEO of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers.
Agricultural machinery development is progressing at an enormously rapid rate with developments in electronic technology spearheading the race to make farming more efficient and working practices more cost effective. Never before have developments been so far reaching or so rapid. Only just over 10 years ago we were grappling with early Global Positioning Systems with accuracy of only 20 cms. Now GPS is common place and most of our arable farms with pin-point accuracy, and with many other machines in use relying on the system for them to fulfil their functions. But it is not just electronics which have revolutionised the industry. More mundane things like agricultural tyres have improved the way we look after our soils and reduced compaction whilst making our machinery more efficient. Point of contact is Chris Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocese of Norwich
The Diocese has a significant presence at the Royal Norfolk Show and will be highlighting the church in action across Norfolk.
Throughout the large marquee there will be opportunities for visitors to join in a range of activities including children and youth activities; journey through a reflective garden experience; and explore our interactive area on poverty and homelessness.
The marquee will have a large café area for those wanting refreshment or a place to stop and relax as well as a baby and toddler area for parents.
There will also be a stage area where local school choirs and school music groups will be performing throughout the day
Other local charities and organisations will also be with us to showcase the work they do, including; YMCA Norfolk, Norwich Cathedral, Mothers Union, Scripture Union, Christian Aid, Foodbank, Norwich Youth for Christ, PlayVan, Imagine Norfolk Together, Norfolk Street Partnership, Cursillo, Traidcraft and the Norfolk Postal Bible School.
The Diocese also recently launched a Photography Competition to put the county’s creative photography skills to the test. The brief was to capture what they think the church in action looks like.
Photos could be inside a church building, outside a church or not by a church building at all! The idea was to show the local church, whether as a building or a group of people, is serving the local community.
This great competition is for all budding and enthusiastic photographers to enter and it a great opportunity to get their work noticed by a wide range of people.
The competition is open for entries until 31 May and twelve shortlisted photos will make their opening debut at the Norfolk show! Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite photo at the show before the photos go on tour of the county. You can find more information about the competition including how to enter and how to vote for your favourite here: www.dioceseofnorwich.org/news/competition/
Jarrold and EDP Norfolk Fashion Show with Birketts
Join Jarrold, Norfolk’s favourite independent department store and EDP Norfolk magazine at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show for the annual fashion event staged by PSE Norwich with Ekiko, this year supported by Birketts.
As 2016 winners of best stand at the Norfolk Show, we will once again showcase some of the key looks for summer from many of your favorite fashion brands such as Esprit, LK Bennett, Weekend Max Mara, Joules, Hobbs, Phase Eight, Gant, Oui, Ted Baker, Gagliardi, Hackett, Camel Active, Carl Scarpa, Kurt Geiger and Van Dal.
The show programme includes fashion shows hourly from 11am on both days, interspersed with presentations by Jarrold fashion team. Also on the catwalk from Jarrold Beauty Hall, Aveda consultants will be demonstrating hair looks for summer and Bobbi Brown will be offering advice on make-up and summer colour palettes. Aveda and Bobbi Brown will also be available throughout the day to offer consultations and advice.
And if that wasn’t enough we’ll be entertained throughout the day by the fabulous and talented singer Dale Bullimore.
On both days the EDP Norfolk team will be on hand with the latest edition of the magazine – do see June issue of EDP Norfolk for a fabulous fashion spread with Florrie Dunn our Jarrold Stylist and Dale Bullimore.
It will be a fabulous two days of fashion and beauty, and there’s even the chance to win a Pamper Experience and £250 to spend in-store – with two runner up prizes of £50 Jarrold Gift card.
We’ve moved to a great new location this year too – come and find our stunning stand in the centre of Royal Square.