As Mental Health Awareness Week shines a light on stress being a key factor that can affect our mental health, The Royal Norfolk Show is highlighting that a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body when it comes to looking after ourselves.
By making wellbeing a key theme of the 2018 event, held on the 27th and 28th June, visitors and businesses are being encouraged to spread public understanding about how to look after our mental health and build community resilience around this often-invisible struggle.
Mark Nicholas, Show and Programmes Director, says this year’s wellbeing theme is all about inspiring us to look after our minds and bodies.
“We have all made great strides in highlighting the importance of our mental health and wellbeing, bringing the factors that cause anxiety and depression to the forefront of the debate so that we can identify and help ourselves and others in lots of different ways.”
“By making Wellbeing one of the key themes for The Royal Norfolk Show we want to continue to raise awareness of mental health and show that it can be the little things that keep ourselves both physically and mentally healthy. Whether it’s taking time out to go for a walk, relaxing with a cup of coffee or spending time in the garden.”
Just some of the wellbeing focussed activities at this year’s Show include:
Gardening is great for your mental health and wellbeing and the new Horticultural Show will be home to a host of ideas to get you started. The new area is designed in the shape of a tree, to reflect the feeling of wellbeing trees provide. Getting out in the garden or allotment is great exercise, therapeutic and an excuse to get some fresh air. Be inspired by the Show gardens, school gardens and community projects at the Grow Your Own area or head to the Plot to Plate demonstrations to see how you can cook up a storm with your own produce.
Active Norfolk will again be heading up the Active Norfolk Sports Zone. It is well-know that being physically active is good for out bodies, but it’s closely linked with our mental health too. Being active can help to life your mood, give you a greater sense of calm and the release in endorphins can help reduce anxiety. Active Norfolk will have a wide variety of FREE sporting activities and challenges for you to enjoy, including: Archery, Athletics, Canoeing, Cycling, Ladies Football, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing and Tennis.
National Parks represent some of our most beautiful and inspiring landscapes, and the opportunities The Broads National Park offers for better physical and mental wellbeing are immense. Around the UK our national parks represent a significant proportion of the green lungs of the country and are also very much able to support a more proactive approach to preventing ill health and improving physical activity. The Broads was once described by Norfolk Naturalist, Ted Ellis as the “breathing space for the cure of souls”. The Broads Village at the Royal Norfolk Show will give visitors a flavour of the ways in which they can enjoy their National Park by reconnecting with nature, discovering our history, or getting active by walking, cycling, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing or simply marvelling at the unique landscape and beautiful wide open skies from the land or by boat.
Highlighting that your wellbeing is just an important in your early years will be Langley Prep School who have a dedicated wellbeing section in their marquee. The School has a focus on children’s mental health fitness and are working towards a national wellbeing award. At The Royal Norfolk Show, the Langley Prep wellbeing corner will have a worry plaque, monster and pebble jars as well as a few surprises to help children to manage their mental wellbeing. Langley Prep will also be offering face painting of the School’s Growth Mindset characters and will have other activities based around this theme.
Langley Senior School will also have a presence focussing on nutrition and wellbeing. There will be Smoothie Bike Challenges to see how fast you can pedal to create a super fruit smoothie and their Executive Head Chef will be showcasing and sampling ‘brain foods’ at the catering bar inside the marque. Another two wheeled activity will be the Watt Bike Challenge where you can go head to head with a professional rugby player and former Norwich City FC legend Darren Eadie who is also Head of Football at Langley School.
Fertility clinic, Bourn Hall, will debut at the 2018 Show. Infertility can cause severe distress and Bourn Hall provides free counselling for its patients which includes advice on coping with stress. Experts will be on hand with lots of tips and advice on how to cope with the stress caused by infertility. Reflexology, yoga and acupuncture are just some of the ways to manage the affects stress has and all will have a presence at this year’s show.
If you are a business thinking about exhibiting at this year’s show, there are still opportunities to get involved with any of our themes, please get in touch to find out more.
Tickets for this year’s Show are on sale now. 2018 sees the introduction of FREE car parking when tickets are bought in advance online.