The Royal Cheshire County Show
For more than 175 years, the Cheshire show has been the premier summertime agricultural event in the North West of England. Earlier this year we reached an exciting milestone in our rich history when the honour of ‘Royal’ status was bestowed on the show by the Cabinet Office. The 2016 event sees the inauguration of the newly titled, Royal Cheshire County Show and we are looking forward to providing a fun-packed, memorable occasion for our visitors, competitors and exhibitors alike.
With its roots firmly embedded in farming, the 2016 show will, again hold the many competition classes for cattle, sheep, pigs and dairy goats, but will also include hundreds of classes for light and heavy horses, show jumping, rare breeds of livestock, poultry, pygmy goats, pigeons, cavies, rabbits and dog show.
The 2016 show will also feature the Roberts Bakery Food Halls and Food Live Theatre, The Sainsbury’s Agri Centre, Inspired Villages Village Green, Countryside Experience Area, Creamline Main Ring, and the Costain Rural Life Area which includes, Cheshire WI, NAFAS Flower Marquee, Schools Out, NFU Publicity and many, many more.
Atkinson Action Horses
Lights – Camera – Action!
Atkinson Action Horses have spent the past twenty years training horses and riders for Film & TV.
With recent credits from Poldark (Season 2), Victoria, Peaky Blinders, The Living and the Dead & Hippopotamus – it is guaranteed this elite force has at some point invaded your TV screen!
Now for 2016 it is time to saddle up, strap in and hold on tight – as this fearless team of stunt riders are taking their unique display on a tour all around the UK – so make sure you don’t miss out when Atkinson Action Horses stampede their way to The Royal Cheshire County Show.
Get ready for an astounding display of tricks and stunts normally reserved for only TV and the Big Screen. All in front of your very eyes. Tricks/stunts include: Roman Riding, Drags, Falls, Pick Ups, Flips, Horses Rearing and Laying Down.
Be prepared for your heart to be in your mouth as you watch the riders demonstrate astounding acrobatics. The Show also includes a short but stunning section dedicated to the art of Liberty – displaying the seamless harmony between the horses and their on screen trainers.
This action packed show has choreography and commentary by the teams very own Benjamin Atkinson.
Following its first appearance at the show in 2014, the impressive Sky Swing is back by popular demand in 2016.
Riders of Sky Swing are gently, but quickly lifted to 60 metres (200ft) above the Tabley Showground and are able to enjoy a 360 view of the show and surrounding countryside as Sky Swing rotates.
You never know, you might be able to see your house from up there!
You will find Sky Swing located at … actually, never mind – wherever you are on the Showground, you will see Sky Swing!
Fur and Feather Marquee
Tuesday 21st June – Only
The Royal Cheshire County Show – Poultry & Egg Competition
As seen on BBC’s Countryfile, Tuesday visitors can visit the Championship Poultry marquee where over 200 classes are judged comprising of over 700 birds. From Bantams to Turkeys, Old English Game to Waterfowl, there is something for everyone in this must see marquee.
Make sure you take time to view the Championship row where you will not only see the Best in Show bird on display, but also all the other section winners of the day!
There is also a Championship Egg Show taking place on the Tuesday with over
60 classes and 800 plates so you can view these perfect eggs!
The show also hosts Junior classes for Poultry and Eggs, including best garden or pet chicken and best decorated egg.
The public will have access to the Poultry and Egg marquee from 8.00am
Wednesday 22nd June – Only
Poultry Exhibition, Pigeons, Rabbits & Cavies (Guinea Pigs)
Poultry Exhibition and advice on poultry keeping.
On Wednesday only the Egg marquee will be open from 9am and plays host to a Poultry Exhibition where you can see various breeds on display and get helpful advice on poultry keeping. Three Poultry club of Great Britain judges will be in attendance.
So if you are thinking of keeping a few hens in the garden or maybe thinking of showing for the first time, be sure to visit this marquee for free advice.
With some 113 classes covering Fancy, Lops, Fur and Rex, including 7 junior classes all competing to be show Champion Rabbit, it really I worth ‘hopping’ into the Rabbit show marquee to see the tremendous variety of this popular pet.
If you are interested in tipplers, tumblers, rollers and racers, then the Pigeon show is for you. With 90 classes to see there will be a vast array of birds on display.
Cavies (Guinea Pigs)
A wonderful array of colours, short and long hairs plus rare varieties competing to the best Cavy at the Show, these captivating cavies are sure to leave you smiling.
The above marquee can be found between the Show Jumping ring and Goat marquees
The Royal Cheshire County Show is proud to host one of the largest open dog shows in the region, with 500 classes and more than 100 different breeds on display.
The Judging Schedule includes judging for Working, Pastoral, Toys and Utility breeds on Tuesday, June 21.
Judging for Hounds, Gun Dogs and Terriers will take place on Wednesday, June 22, culminating that afternoon with all Best of Breed Winners competing for the coveted title of Best in Show.
There will again be a Companion Dog Show held on both days of the show starting at midday.
Entries will be open on the day so why not bring along your best friend and enter the show?
Who knows, you may take home one of our lovely rosettes!
The Main Ring
The Main Ring, sponsored by Principal Partner, Creamline Dairies, presents a full and varied programme of entertainment throughout the day, including the fast and skilful pony club games, the majestic flights of the Gauntlet Bird of Prey Centre, Eagle and Vulture display, the rousing sound of the Scots Guard Association Pipe Band to name but a few.
One of the most popular Main Ring spectacles are the Grand Parades of Champions from the Cattle and Shire section, which take place on each day of the show.
A great spectacle is the parade of hounds on both days. Members of the public are invited into the Main Ring to get up close and friendly to these icon animals.
Wednesday sees the thrilling competition of Inter-Hunt Relay, select and support your team as they demonstrate brilliant horsemanship skills to complete a complex and challenging course. The Inter Hunt Relay is again sponsored by Cheshire Blood Hounds.
Again on the Wednesday, the grand finale will be the display of the Cheshire Young Farmers Float Competition, enjoy the fantastic creations that these young folk come up with and then stand back and watch the traditional and friendly water fight between rival clubs. When we say this will be wet, we mean, very, very wet!
We have just undergone an in depth review of the Main Ring programme for 2016, which has resulted in new and exciting performances taking place in addition to the above.
The Royal Cheshire County Show is proud of its heritage as an agricultural event with a remit to showcase all that is good about farming including new machinery and technology.
However, the Vintage section gives us the opportunity to look back to the machinery of yesteryear. With displays of stationary engines, tractors, cars, commercial vehicles and working demonstrations of farm equipment, the Vintage section gives our visitors a real insight to the way farm machinery has evolved over the years.
The Royal Cheshire County Show plays host to hundreds of livestock classes, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, as they all compete for the many coveted trophies available.
The Cattle section, sponsored by Principal Partner Chester’s Dee 106.3 and Cheshire’s 106.9 Radio is not only host to the very familiar black white of the dairy Holstein Friesians, but also cattle breeds including South Devon’s, also known as Orange Elephants or Giant Cows, the largest native breed we have, through to the diminutive Dexter cattle which is the smallest native breed in the UK and everything in between.
It really is worth seeking the cattle section out, just to see the huge variety of breeds.
The sheep section is popular as visitors always seem to admire the many varieties of the breeds and the high standard to which they are prepared for the show ring.
Pigs always draw a crowd as people do not often have the opportunity to get close to these enigmatic animals. From the traditional Gloucestershire Old spots to the modern day commercial pigs. The pig section is definitely a must see during your visit.
The Royal Cheshire County Show is proud to boast as having one of the largest Dairy Goat sections in the country, so be sure to pop in and see them as these naturally inquisitive animals will certainly be pleased to see you!
From Dairy goats you must pay a visit to the marquee next door and see the Pygmy Goats, an exact and charming replica of Dairy Goats only in miniature.
The Village Green allows you to escape the hustle and bustle and take time to relax, have a bite to eat whilst enjoying various musical and dance performances.
Performers will include the Sandbach UA3 Brass Band, The Jill Fielding Band, The Wilmslow Rock Choir (Wednesday only) Morris Dancers, Jeepers Jazz, performing a selection of songs from the golden age of Jazz.
The Sheep Show
An engaging, fun and educational live show about sheep breeds and wool, the sheep show is run by New Zealander, Richard Savoy who says “It is a bit like Miss World in sheep”.
Nobby the Norfolk horn, Susie the Southdown and their friends take centre stage to entertain your family for a 30 minute show.
Don’t miss the shearing demonstration showing you how the wool from a sheep’s back is made into a warm, cosy jumper for you to wear.
Making The Sheep Show one to remember, the famous ‘Sheep Show Hustle’ sees Nobby and co dancing to delight.
A show for all ages, this is one not to be missed.
From Shires to Shetlands and everything in between, you can expect horses galore at this year’s county show. Competing in many prestigious classes, with in hand and ridden classes supported by Show Jumping, The Royal Cheshire County Show features two days of action packed competitions to warm the hearts of horse lovers everywhere.
The Countryside Experience Area is a brilliant show case for traditional rural crafts, skills and so much more.
In addition to a packed arena programme, ranging from Gun Dog Displays to Falconry, you can try your hand at the ancient art of archery or more modern sport of clay shooting.
Be sure you allow plenty of time to visit this country lovers favourite area, as there is so much to see and do for all ages.
This year our theme for the show is Holiday Time!
Members will be invited to enter Crafts by “A toe in the water” or “Among my souvenirs” or even “A colourful world.”
Produce titles “Tempting Treats” or “Come dine with me”. Floral Art displays depicting “By the sea shore”. Art either painting or drawing will come under “Coast or Country” with “Sightseeing” or “Fun in the sun” for photography. “A postcard from” will cover a combined section entering one item of cookery, one of craft and a third item of choice. Finally, our Combined Co-operative class will be called “Far Horizons”, a very temping title!
The WI Marquee will be staged showing many holiday themes to inspire and delight all who visit.
We hope you will also come and try the fresh, locally sourced food on offer in our catering section.
We are delighted to be part of The Royal Cheshire County Show and thank the Cheshire Agricultural Society for inviting us to take part.
The Sainsbury’s Agri – Centre
The Sainsbury’s Agri – Centre is a must see experience for those who wish to see and learn how food is produced by our Cheshire farmers.
See for yourselves calves being fed, to be reared into top quality beef, and then not only identify the different joints but watch a master butcher show off his skills.
Whether you fancy a pint of milk, a lump of cheese, butter for your toast or an ice cream to cool you down at the show, The Sainsbury’s Agri – Centre has their own cows, being milked by Sainsbury’s Dairy Group of farmers who will explain how they care for these iconic Cheshire animals, and then, persuade you to taste dairy delights.
Everyone is welcome to listen to Cheshire farming celebrities talk about their animals and the food they produce for you. A variety of demonstrations will be taking place during both days.
The Nickersons Information Hub shows all the crops that Cheshire farmers grow in the fields and the different foods that are made from them. From potatoes to crisps, wheat to bread and oats to porridge, it gives everyone the chance to see how their food is really produced. Leaflets are also available to give a further insight into the many examples of food production on display. Demonstrations are taking place both days throughout and include shearing sheep for wool, feeding calves who will provide our future Sunday joint, milking the cows for Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Mother sow and her piglets for bacon and hatching chickens to lay the future eggs to go with it.
There is also ice cream tasting, pork recipe tasters, not to mention milk and cheese sampling and while you are in the Agri Centre you can watch beer making, bread making and a butchery demonstration, there is even a possibility of trying a squirrel burger !!
Demonstrations/presentations including milking, feeding calves, sheep shearing, veterinary care, butchery, ice cream making, brewing beer and bread making will take place at 10.00am 11.30pm, 1.00pm and 2.30pm.
Roberts Bakery Food Halls
Roberts Bakery Food Halls are a food lover’s paradise! With one of the largest gatherings of local, regional and national producers and purveyors of fine food under two huge marquees, there is something here to satisfy everyone’s tastes
The Roberts Bakery Food Live Theatre programme enables the Society to showcase the culinary skills of local chefs, students and local companies using local produce. In addition, celebrity chefs often attend to support the local produce message.
Full details of this year’s exciting programme will be revealed in the coming weeks. Watch this space!
Sponsored by Principal Partner, Roberts Bakery
Cheshire Farmers Market
The Royal Cheshire County Show plays host to a vibrant and diverse Cheshire Farmers Market. The Society offers over 20 Cheshire based producers space within the Farmers Market area at a greatly subsidised fee.
A warm welcome awaits exhibitors and visitors to the 2016 show where the NAFAS Flower Marquee will be holding a competition entitled “Let’s Face the Music”. The marquee will showcase floral designs showing vibrance, rhythum, textures and all the elements that go into making the marquee a colourful and enchanting spectacle.
As well as holding a children’s competition entitled “Hot Chocolate” where we will be inviting children to create a design in a cup or mug, we will be holding “hands-on” sessions for youngsters and adults, so why not try your hand at being creative with flowers.
The NAFAS team look forward to your visit to our fabulous show.
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