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Hertfordshire County Show kicks off this month (win tickets!)

PUBLISHED: 11:52 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 02 May 2017

Bolddog Lings Freestyle motorcycle stunt riders

Bolddog Lings Freestyle motorcycle stunt riders

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It draws in tens of thousands of visitors, has 350 exhibitors, around 1,500 animals, daredevil displays and bags of family fun – get ready for the Hertfordshire County Show

The impressive Eagle and Vulture Display The impressive Eagle and Vulture Display

One of the biggest events in the county calendar takes place this month, offering a huge range of entertainment for all ages.

Hertfordshire County Show aims to showcase ‘the heart of Hertfordshire’ and promises more than 350 exhibitors and around 1,500 animals on display. Around 35,000 people are expected to visit the Hertfordshire County Showground in Redbourn over the weekend of May 27-28.

Europe’s number one stunt and trick horse riding team, The Devil’s Horsemen, will again be thrilling the crowd with their acrobatic antics in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Arena, the Bolddog Lings Freestyle motorcycle stunt riders will keep you on the edge of your seat, and if you’ve never seen huge machines dancing, then the Herts Farmers Fantastic Forktrucks display is an event not to be missed.

There’s more action with the delightful Shetland Pony Dinky Derby and the fast and furious Hurry Scurry as pairs of ponies race round the arena.

The show has strong roots in agriculture, so animals play a prominent part, including cattle, sheep, goats, poultry and dogs. The gentle giants of the horse world, the Shires, will be in the Countryside Arena, where rural and countryside activities are demonstrated. Entertaining New Zealander Richard Savory will again be presenting his fun sheep show – Nobby the Norfolk Horn is its star with eight other breeds taking the stage. There’s the slightly mad beagle parade as well as demonstrations on the skills of thatching, spinning and weaving and plenty of animal petting areas.

Pies - just one of the many local treats in the Made in Herts marquee Pies - just one of the many local treats in the Made in Herts marquee

A big draw is the top class show jumping and horse show events. Alongside the competitions you can find all things equine in the Horseworld area.

Follow your nose to the Food Hall, filled with everything from olives and cheese to pastries and pies. You will also find locally-made tasty treats and creative crafts in the popular Made in Hertfordshire marquee.

To learn more about the county’s farming community and producers, head to the Hertfordshire Farmyard. A previous show highlight was an ice-cream stand featuring the cows that had produced the milk. Here you can speak to bee-keepers, see how products are made and get up close to a combine harvester.

There’s more than 50 hours of timetabled events and demonstrations to keep the family entertained each day. The National Festival Circus in the Big Top will perform five times each day and Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show and Titan the Robot are back by popular demand.

Show secretary Mike Harman said, ‘The event is widely acclaimed as the best value for money family event in the county. Every year the Hertfordshire County Show gets bigger and better with the superb balance of traditional agricultural displays and demonstrations combined with spectacular Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Arena attractions. It offers a fun-filled day out for all age groups seeking a unique educational, countryside and entertainment experience.

Charlie has a bounce on a Happy Hopper at the Herts County Show (photo: Danny Loo) Charlie has a bounce on a Happy Hopper at the Herts County Show (photo: Danny Loo)

‘If you already love the Hertfordshire countryside, you will really enjoy Hertfordshire’s premier community event. If you have never attended the county show before please visit us this year and be converted to a regular supporter!’

The 131st Hertfordshire County Show takes place at the Hertfordshire County Showground, Redbourn on May 27 and 28. Advance tickets, available until May 12 via hertsshow.com or 0344 850 2122, are 20 per cent cheaper than on the gate. An advance family day ticket is £37.60, adults £15.20, seniors £13.60 and children £7.20. Under-fives go free. Parking is free.

Win family tickets!

Herts County Show (photo: Dave Harris) Herts County Show (photo: Dave Harris)

We have five family tickets (each admitting two adults and two children) to the show to give away to readers. For your chance of enjoying all the fun of the show for free on either day, email competitions@hertfordshirelife.co.uk with ‘County Show ticket comp’ in the subject field and include your full name, address and telelphone number. The deadline for entries is May 15. Good luck!

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