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The Royal Show hosts a unique celebration of farming, food and rural life
07/04/06

If you share a passion for your rural way of life, come to the Royal Show, which takes place on the 2-5 July 2006 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. It is the only show that is truly engaged with all aspects of farming, food and rural life, according to organisers Haymarket Land Events.

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“Only the Royal Show captures the very essence of the British countryside,” stated HLE managing director Dominique Gill at a press launch of the 2006 show on Monday (April 3). “I honestly believe you cannot count yourself as truly rural unless you have savoured the Royal Show experience for yourself.”

It’s not only the Royal Show’s ability to touch on every aspect of rural life that makes the show unique, it’s the ability to express the character of the countryside and involve the people that make up its fabric, explained Mrs Gill.

“Those who come to the Royal Show year-after-year have a strong emotional attachment to the event and they share a deep-seated passion and commitment to the British countryside. This is the only event that showcases, exhibits, explores and debates the things that really matter in our rural communities.”

Packed with exclusive countryside shopping, rural crafts, a flower show and fine food and drink; there’s action galore from country pursuits to the latest in 4x4s. From the poultry marquee to the spectacular cattle parades, Britain’s top show jumpers to world-renowned hunter classes, you can’t fail to love what’s on offer! Free advice for smallholders will be on-hand for the first time in a new dedicated area and the estate maintenance section features all the latest compact kit from tractors to quad bikes, paddock maintenance to groundcare. As if that wasn’t enough, the Royal Show promises to deliver the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, relax, be entertained and enjoy the rural way of life.

In the Countryside Arena, the essence of the British rural scene comes to life. Displays include the fast and furious Pedigree Agility Stakes, ferreting and falconry, with daring free-flying displays of birds of prey. You can test your skills at clay shooting, rifle-shooting and archery and even experience the adrenalin-filled Landrover rollercoaster. Other Royal Show highlights include a new environment demonstration, the ever-popular scurry-driving, hound parades and tug-of-war, while among the rich and diverse display in the Grand Ring, is the magnificent King’s Troop Artillery, which is making a welcome return.

The smallholder area is tailor-made for followers of a ‘new farming revolution’ and will boast demonstrations, livestock displays and talks on getting started in farming. Everything that might be of interest to new and small-scale farmers will be there, including great deals from suppliers and horticultural and other specialists on-hand offering expert advice.

New equine elements for 2006 include seven new classes of coloured horses and a new Driven Championship, which will look to crown the cream of the horse-drawn world. All the traditional Royal Show horse-lover’s favourites will be still at the show including the prestigious HOYS ridden class qualifiers, Knights of Middle England jousting and junior grand prix.

“What makes the Royal Show stand out is the nature of the very people that come here to display, share and debate the things that really matter – these are the people who make up the fabric of our rural way of life and lend the British countryside its rich and diverse quality. This is the only event where you can explore and enjoy its every aspect, where you can savour its achievements and successes and celebrate the very best of British Agriculture. Be a part of that celebration.”

website: www.royalshow.org.uk/

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