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 WIs has been involved with the Royal Norfolk Show since the year our Federation started in 1919, making this year very special as it’s our Centenary Year. Things have changed since then in so many ways, not only for us but also for the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.
Each year they are on providing their members, families, friends and anyone else that pops in, with a good cup of tea or coffee and some excellent refreshments including cake, of course!
It’s a wonderful opportunity for visitors to the show know just what the WI is all about. This is the time and place to show off members’ talents and all things crafty. There are two competitions, to be judged by the public. This year the theme chosen is ‘It’s Party Time – with the WI’ and we have asked for either ‘A Party in a Box’ or ‘The Garden Party – A Decorated Hat’.
There will be the usual stand with interesting and unusual items for sale, information on current WI campaigns, their digital team will be available to answer questions and their craft committee displaying empty wine bottles decorated in imaginative ways – one even has a garden in it.
Do pay them a call and discover what amazing opportunities the WI offers to all women. Their marquee can be found on Avenue 9 number 253.