The Countryside Area is an enormously popular area of the Show. Come and see the work of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and other countryside related organisations. Look out for the programme of ring activities which will include the highly popular pig racing, Dog and Duck show, Dog Agility show and large-bird displays. Elsewhere in the countryside experience try your hand at archery, fly fishing and canoeing. Come and see the best Farriers and Blacksmiths in action. Watch fascinating demonstrations of spoon making, coracle making, corn dollies, longbows, chairs, pole lathe turning, apple pressing and cider making.
Working with the Broads Authority, the Village will reflect the importance of the Broads to the industries, culture and landscape in Norfolk. As Britain’s largest protected wetland, it is a unique destination with many organisations involved in its promotion and protection. The Village, centred on a landscaped lake, also aims to promote what the Broads has to offer everyone, not only tourists but boaters, families, landowners and school children.
The central Broads village activity is the ‘breathing space’ tepee which supports the Show’s wellbeing theme. The title references a Ted Ellis quote who called the Broads a “breathing space for the cure of souls” and now used as the tagline for National Parks UK. This will be a place for people to sit down and immerse themselves in the relaxing sights and sounds of the Broads National Park.
Forestry and Wood Village
A new look Forestry and Woodland area, sponsored by TMA Bark, will provide a unique insight into the woodland crafts and forestry industries. Easton & Otley College will host free tree climbing for all ages through their Arboriculture Department and Norse Forestry will be demonstrating their skills in tree felling by climbing and dissecting from the top down. Jeff Shea and his beautiful Suffolk Punch horse Alex will bring an extra dimension to the area by highlighting the cost-effective and low impact solution of horse logging to showgoers.
In the woodland crafts area, stick making champion Steven Bell and Dave Gator will be demonstrating their unique craft for this traditional rural skill, plus there will be a host of show favourites including chairmaker Peter Treechairs, Willow Weaver Matt Rant of Future Forests and a host of other craftsmen including a Pole Lathe Turner, Furniture Maker, Thatcher, Blacksmith, Chainsaw Carver and many more!
Norfolk’s rich and varied tourism scene is neatly brought together at the Show’s own Tourism Village. Come and find out more about our tourist destinations and ideas for a day out from a range of exhibitors.
Norfolk Federation of WI
The Norfolk Federation of the WI will be celebrating their centenary at this year’s show presenting the perfect opportunity to learn more about their great work in the county. This year their theme is ‘It’s Party Time’ so come along and visit the team!