Country shows take place all over England in the summer time and celebrate the very best of British livestock, local food and rural skills. For us at Michael Graham, The Blakesley Show in Northamptonshire is a particular favourite and as a show sponsor for the 14th consecutive year we’re preparing to pull out all the stops (and corks) at our stand this year.
Written by Erica Sereno | 11th July 2018
All the fun of the fair: Join Michael Graham at The Blakesley Show, Saturday 4th August
Now that we’re officially enjoying summer and not just a heatwave, what better way to spend a Saturday in the country?
Described in some quarters as London Fashion Week for farm animals, it’s true that the stars of country shows are the magnificent cattle, superb sheep and the cleanest, sweetest smelling pigs you’ve ever seen. Shampooing and grooming behind the scenes must surely be a sight to behold. This year the 134th Blakesley Show has around 65 showing classes for cattle and sheep, 70 for horses and a small section for exhibiting produce. Sheep shearing, a gymkhana and a display of vintage farm machinery are regular highlights of this traditional rural show, with the not so traditional-sounding Kangaroo Kid Quad Bike Stunt Show ready to set pulses racing in the main ring. And if you like to shop, you won’t be disappointed. Hundreds of trade stands turn up to tempt around 3,500 expected visitors.
The Michael Graham stand this year has a fabulously fun fair theme with a traditional coconut shy and candyfloss, and a horsebox bar stocked with everything from gin to prosecco. Entry to the Show is £12 for adults, £5 for under sixteens and children under eight go free. The £25 family ticket admits two adults and up to three children making this a showstoppingly good value, fun, family day out. Pop the date in your diary and Blakesley Heath Farm, NN12 8HN in your Sat Nav. We look forward to seeing you there!
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