A whole range of exciting and educational activities and events are being planned for the Royal Norfolk Show.

We are delighted to be able to offer schools free tickets to make the most of this unique educational opportunity. The Royal Norfolk Show provides young people with the chance to engage with a large variety of activities and events around the topic of food, farming and the countryside. This year we will also be continuing to build on the STEM theme introduced at last year’s show.

What is on offer for schools? There are a whole range of things to do at the show for all ages; a few have been highlighted below:

Discovery Zone Discover a range of exciting activities including science experiences and agricultural exhibitions.

  • Visit the New Forest Schools area
  • Drop in to Tesco and you will have the opportunity to make your own muesli
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry have Chemistry in the kitchen activities, such as sugar solution rainbows and seaweed extracts
  • With Morrisons you can try plaiting some dough
  • Visit the Institute of Physics to make Vacuum bazookas, Amazing marshmallows, Balloon kebabs,
  • Norfolk Young Farmers have made their own human powered milling machines
  • The Forum Trust have a range of science experiments
  • The Kumon Centre have story telling linked to food, farming and the countryside
  • The New Theatre Tent has a range of talks and presentations
  • And much more to experience and observe within the Discovery Zone


Mr Mawkin’s Farm Mr Mawkin, the friendly scarecrow, will be at the Royal Norfolk Show 2017 with his farm full of animals including sheep, pigs, donkeys, and goats. This exhibit provides children with the opportunity to get close and learn about the many diverse breeds from all corners of Great Britain and beyond with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Adventure Sheets Redeveloped and improved for 2017, the Adventure Sheets provide pupils with a more focused learning experience for their day at the show.  The Adventure sheet has the space for the children to draw a picture at each of the different areas they visit within the Show and to spot the letter. The letters will then spell out a word.  This word is then to be used with words from two other areas to write a sentence.  All completed Adventure sheet can be handed in on the day or posted back to Alison Cromack by the 7th July will be placed in a draw to win a Family day out to one of Norfolk’s family friendly attractions.

Competitions With new and improved competitions this year there is plenty for all ages to get involved with in the run up to the show:

  • News Report Competition – Closed for Further entries
  • Art Competition – Closed for further entries
  • The Nutrition Kitchen Cookery Competition – Closed for further entries


Other Competitions

To register your interest please email (TSN) with your school name, year group involved and contact details.

It is really difficult to make a jelly more than 10cm tall due to the weak gel strength. Try it and see for yourself. To make it taller you either need to increase the gel strength (in this competition that’s cheating) or give the jelly structure using edible materials such as fruit, sponges or pasta. Let your imagination run wild! Food technology, chemistry and engineering come into their own in this test of ingenuity.

Entries open to all primary schools’ prizes will be awarded for:

  • Tallest free-standing jelly
  • Best team workbook
  • Best overall design

All teams that successfully bring their jelly to the final will receive a prize.

The MudWatt is a renewable power source that turns chemical energy into electrical energy, using micro-organisms to drive the process. It requires electricity-generating microbes to function – fortunately these microbes are already abundant throughout the world’s soils.

Bringing together microbiology, energy, chemistry, physics, and environmental engineering, MudWatts engage children in STEM subjects using the power of electricity-generating bacteria living in the soil beneath our feet.

How to enter:

– Email confirming your school’s involvement (places are limited).

– Send two cups of soil (in a sealed bag or container) to UEA using the address at the end of this document – samples must be received by Monday 12th June.

– Please record the GPS location of your soil sample and email this to Dr Tom Clarke (, along with a short description of the sample location and a photo of the location. If you would like to send photos of the pupils collecting the sample too this is at the school’s discretion.

The will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for the following three categories:

  1. The maximum power level of electrical energy
  2. The largest total power over the period tested
  3. Longevity of power output