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Written by Erica Sereno 31st July 2017

Country Living at BBC Countryfile Live

If you’re already living it or still just dreaming of a rural idyll, then chances are you’re a fan of the BBC’s Countryfile. The Sunday evening programme which celebrates the best of British countryside is on the road for its second year, returning to Bleinheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire from Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th August. Promising to bring together everything we love about the countryside, from wildlife and farming, to outdoor pursuits and food, BBC Countryfile Live is a highlight of the countryside show summer calendar.

Bleinheim Palace is set in 120 acres of glorious parkland, and the sheer enormity and diversity of the arena shows and events on offer make full use of the space. The River Glyme flows through the grounds and the Waterside Village will delight families and children. Fishing, pond dipping, canoeing and kayaking could keep everyone entertained all day in themselves. Adrenaline junkies can get their thrills and spills on a climbing wall, an assault course and a zip wire in the Activity Zone. Mitsubishi are in on the act, inviting you to clamber into one of their 4 x 4 vehicles for some off-roading fun navigating a specially designed course. Best of all, activities are included in the ticket price.

If you’re less inclined to daring deeds, there are live arena shows happening all day featuring farming and animal displays, from sheep and horses to dogs and ducks. The RSPB, Wetlands Trust and National Trust are fully involved as you’d expect, running pop up nature reserves, wetlands, working beehives, and a natural playground. Countryfile fans and budding presenters will enjoy the opportunity to turn the tables and interview Matt Baker, John Craven and the rest of the Countryfile team, with talks from a host of television personalities scheduled over the four days. No countryside idyll is complete without a village pub and the appropriately named The Craven Arms, offers a chance to zone out and listen to live music. Head to the website www.countryfilelive.com/ to book tickets and download maps. All shows are timetabled so it’s well worth planning the day in advance. And with over 700 stall holders out to tempt you with food, crafts and luxury products, opt for comfortable shoes and get there early.