Our Discovery Zone, supported by Norfolk County Council, is an exciting educational area combining fun and interesting activities to learn about crops and machinery from the past and present. Exhibitors include:
• Visit the new Forest Schools area
• Drop in to Tesco and you will have the opportunity to make your own muesli
• Explore Chemistry in the Kitchen with The Royal Society of Chemistry
• Try plaiting some dough with Morrisons
• Visit the Institute of Physics to make vacuum bazookas, amazing marshmallows and balloon kebabs
• Norfolk Young Farmers will be showing their own human powered milling machines
• Join the Forum Trust to discover more about science.
• On Wednesday 28 June Mark Thompson a British astronomer and television presenter will be delivering talks as part of the Forum’s programme to promote the Norwich Science Festival.
• The Kumon Centre is telling the story of food, farming and the countryside
• Discover the story of farming with Gressenhall Farm
• The new Theatre tent will be offering a programme of talks and demonstrations
SCHOOL ADVENTURE SHEETS
Schools will get the chance to work from our newly-created School Adventure Sheets. These sheets will give children the opportunity to visit various areas of the show such as the Emergency Services Village, Mr Mawkin’s Farm, Broads Village and Tourism Village. Completed Adventure Sheets will be put into a daily draw to win a family day out pass from one of Norfolk’s family attractions, kindly donated by the Tourism Village.
For secondary school children, a Careers Trail takes place during the Show which is designed to showcase job opportunities in farming, engineering, horticulture and conservation.
Students will get to meet industry professionals from various areas of land-based industry including livestock, engineering and construction, who will highlight the various job roles available within their particular sector to the students, giving them invaluable industry insights from their own personal experiences throughout their individual career journeys.
New for this year the Schools Broadcast News Report Competition
kindly supported by Chadacre Agricultural Trust
Regional schools entered some fantastic new reports for the 2017 competition, all based on an issue relating to food, farming and the countryside
The work of all winners will be displayed in the Schools Exhibition Marquee within the Discovery Zone; prizes and certificates will be presented at 11.30am on Wednesday, so do visit and read the winning news report.
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.
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The Sports’ Village is co-ordinated by Active Norfolk and features a wide variety of sporting games and challenges. Come and try your hand at a range of sporting activities designed for all ages.
Taking part in this year’s Sports Village are: EA Tennis, UEA SportsPark, Riverside Leisure Centre, Norfolk FA and a designated health zone featuring a range of different organisations. Also new this year are ‘The Slackline School’ promoting slacklining as a healthy, fun and productive activity for all ages and ‘Cyclone Works’ with their unique custom made bikes for all to try.
The demonstration area will feature more activities this year including our mascot challenges, boxercise, zumba and special guests Jon Thaxton and Carly Rowena doing demos as well. It promises to be a fun action packed 2 days in the Sports Zone again this year, don’t miss it!
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.
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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.
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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.
For more information on the Flower & Garden Show click here
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.
For more information visit the Innovation Hub page
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.
For more information visit the Adnams Food and Drink Experience page
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.
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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.
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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 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.
For more information visit the Innovation Hub page
Emergency Services Village
The Emergency Services will be coming together to provide a fabulous insight into their work in the county and latest innovations. The Village will promote the capabilities of the police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, lowland search & rescue and air ambulance.
Other units present include: Fire Experience unit, Roads Policing, Air Ambulance & vehicles, Broads Beat & boat, Coastguard, Police Dogs, Wildlife Crime unit, Police horses, Ambulance & first responder vehicles/bikes, Fire engine and Police tractor. There will be plenty of activities including a passport journey and the chance to win a school visit or tour from one of the services.
#Impact – a road safety campaign launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, – will be promoted and there will be practical demos of cutting people out of cars at 11am and 2pm on both days of the Show.
The Prince’s Trust
Talent Match (fund raising project) has recently launched a clothes recycle project, New-U, running clothes swap events and a smart clothes loan scheme. Items donated to this cause will be upcycled for the Royal Norfolk Show and visitors will have the chance to decorate t-shirts using ink stamps and fabric pens. We will also be setting up power generating static bikes encouraging team work and healthy competition between two people to see who can pedal the fastest to generate the most power.
Norwich City Football Club
Norwich City will be retailing a range of sale lines, as well as promoting the latest ticketing and catering offers at the club. The Community Sports Foundation will also be present and will be hosting a Speedkick challenge adjacent to our marquee, and there will also be a range of activities for kids, including face painting, a colouring competition and Captain Canary will also be making an appearance!
Jipola will be running fresh flower crown making workshops throughout the day from her beautifully crafted flower cart. Come create your own unique and personalised flower crown using an array of fresh flowers, feathers and ribbons. Workshops will run at: 10 am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Costing £15.
Jipola has collaborated with artist UsedPencil to create a show stopping installation, bringing together the flora and fauna of Britain. A perfect backdrop to capture a moment with your floral friends to celebrate all that is The Royal Norfolk Show.
Competition to win a statement flower crown. Winners drawn at end of the show.