Newbury News Ltd. Print-Digital-Social

It's show time!

Hot air balloon finale cancelled as clouds loom

John Herring



01635 886633

It's show day!

THE 2017 Royal County of Berkshire Show is under way.

People have already started queuing at the Newbury Showground 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. 

That's it for the first day at this year's Royal Berkshire Show.

Thousands of people descended on Newbury Show Ground for the annual agricultural and farming fest and for the most part the weather stayed dry.

Unfortunately the usual hot air balloon horde ascending from the main arena here at the show ground has been cancelled today as a weather front with some threatening clouds moves in.

We'll be back tomorrow for the second day of the 2017 show - check back here for more pictures and updates. 

Four legs good, two wheels better? Andy Spindlow, formerly of Cold Ash and Clive Rothwell from Hungerford with Clive's Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe. The pair are members of the Oxford chapter of the Harley Owners Group displaying their bikes at the show.

Amazing display by the Devils Horseman in the main arena 

Meet 'Plastic Storage Container' one of Ray Prior's birds on display at the show. Named after what the birds arrive in but known as 'matey'.

The 18-week-old barn owl wowed the country arena with his first public hovering display.

He was followed by Harold the Harris Hawk and Reginald the Lanner Falcon.

Mr Prior said he had attended many shows and that "something must be right, or wrong, because I keep coming back."

Kennet School Samba Band have been performing in the country arena for the first time. 

Head of music, Phil Griffiths, said: "It's been really good fun. It's the first time we have brought our samba band out to an event and it was really enjoyable."

We've been in the craft tent chatting to some of the exhibitors, including Thatcham-based sculptor Diana Pattenden.

Useful information: 

When is it on?

Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017, from 8am until 6pm.

Where is it on?

Newbury Showground, Priors Court Road, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9QZ.

However, it is advisable not to use Sat Nav to get to the Showground as there will be a traffic management plan in place. Once you approach the Showground there will be plenty of AA signs to direct you in.

Traffic and travel

There will be high volumes of traffic around Chieveley during the weekend and a number of traffic restrictions in place.

Priors Court Road, adjacent to the Showground, will be closed to through traffic between 6am and 8pm on both days.

The organisers of this year’s show are urging visitors to consider using public transport or car sharing to get to the Showground.

Main Arena timings for Saturday 

8am Open Ridden Hunters

10am The Rivar Arena Trial (Showjumping)

12pm The Shetland Grand National

12.25pm the parade of hounds

12.55pm heavy horse trade turnout (pairs)

1.40pm The Corunna Band and Bugles of Oxfordshire

1.55pm Coaching Marathon (final judging) and hornblowing competition. 

2.45pm The Devil's Horsemen stunt display

3.45pm the Shetland Grand National 

4.10pm Grand Parade of Livestock 

5.10pm hot air balloons (weather dependent) 

5.45pm The Corunna Band and Bugles of Oxfordshire

Everything else

A free to use cash machine is available on Lew Spencer Avenue.

Any lost children will be taken to the Show Office, which is located in the Country Area.

The NCT is offering well-equipped baby changing and feeding facilities on Avenue C. Acres of Fun, which can be found near the Village Green, are also offering free facilities for feeding and changing.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink at the Show. Just look for the knife and fork symbol on the map above.

No dogs are allowed in to the Show.

First Aid is being provided by the British Red Cross and is available at the Operations Compound, in the orange car park, and by the horse rings.

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000