Suffolk Show’s organisers say they have made it even more accessible to families this year.
At the show at Trinity Park in Ipswich on May 28 and 29 children aged 14 and under will get in free and 15- to 18-year-olds can enter for £5 if they buy tickets before midnight on May 25. Dogs are also welcome at the show.
In addition, the show has introduced more hands-on activity for all ages and more opportunities to discover all about food and farming.
It will also showcase the various skills and career opportunities that are available in agriculture.
New show director Bill Baker, a father of five, has chosen ‘explore, discover, taste and enjoy’ as his theme for his first show.
“There will be many new areas for all our visitors to explore and discover everything about food, farming and the countryside and most of the activities are for free,” he said.
The major new feature is the Farm Discovery Zone described as a journey through every aspect of food production from the ground to the plate, laid out in different themes, including the farm machinery used over the years.
But it is not all farming, with other attractions including an animatronic T-Rex and the new Parrot Roadshow, the only travelling one of its type featuring rescue birds.
The Military Zone will represent all the armed forces and not only feature an Apache attack helicopter, but also a special Apache simulator not usually seen outside their Wattisham base.
For the serious show goers there are more than 700 livestock and equine classes, among them is a new Retrained Racehorse challenge for Thoroughbreds that have raced and a ladies two-wheeled cart race with heavy horses, as well as Downton Abbey-style grace with the Concours D’Elegance side saddle afternoon on Wednesday.
There are qualifier classes for the Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).
Buy adult and concession tickets prices £20 and £18 and car parking for £4 in advance of midnight on May 25 and save pounds. To find out more and buy tickets visit www,suffolkshow.co.uk