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It's show time!

Royal County of Berkshire Show gets underway

John Herring



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It's show time!

THE Royal County of Berkshire Show is up and running. 

There promises to be something for everyone at the two-day agricultural show, at Newbury Showground.

People have already started queuing at the gates and an estimated 60,000 people are expected over the weekend. 

NewburyToday will be covering the event over the two days, so keep an eye out for reports and pictures throughout the weekend. 

This year's show showcases a new food and farming zone this year, with hands-on activities, demonstrations and information about British farming.

Rudi the Otter and Daphne Neville are back in the country arena. 

Rudi, one of only two acting otters in Europe and who will be appearing in The Durrells, was wowing visitors with his antics.  

With thousands of people expected to descend on the Chieveley venue for the annual event, visitors are being reminded that traffic will be heavy in and around the area.

There will be various restrictions in place, including on Priors Court Road, which will be closed between 6am and 8pm on both days.

Reading Buses will have a special N10 shuttle running every half-hour from Thatcham Broadway to the showground, via Newbury Bus Station. Anyone with a simplyNetwork period ticket or annual pass will be able to use it on the shuttle bus. 

At the show, visitors will be wowed by the daring antics of the White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team, while the Pony Club mounted games will make its debut.

The first leg of the 2017 British Show-jumping International Stairway Class competition and the Scurry Driving Championship finals will also take place in the main arena.

Elsewhere there will be an animal Olympics trail, farrier displays, a craft marquee, food fair and flower tent, as well as a parade of hounds and a grand parade of livestock.

Weather permitting, a mass balloon ascent will fill the sky at the close of each day.

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