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Posted:  Thursday 05 October 2017

Bournemouth Region Associates
at the
New Forest Show

- Monday 24th July –

On the 24th July, on a warm and sunny summer’s day, a group of enthusiastic Bournemouth Associates set out for a day trip to the New Forest Show at Brockenhurst.

The New Forest Show is a three-day county show event in Brockenhurst, and is among the top ten agricultural shows in the country which attracts over 90,000 visitors each year.  This year was the show’s 97th event, with the theme of the show being the ‘Best of British’.

Our coach driver was able to get a parking spot very near the entrance to the grounds, enabling the group to get into the ground quickly for a full day exploring the show’s wide variety of attractions.

The show had something for everyone from animals - cattle, sheep, dogs and horses etc. - to equine competitions and cute and cuddly farm animals at the show farm.

In addition, there were numerous demonstrations throughout the grounds, including international show jumping, crafts, art, show-ring displays, show gardens, flowers, and vegetables.

One of the most popular attractions was the ‘Heavy Horse Musical Drive’, by sixteen pairs of heavy horses.

In addition, the local produce market proved popular with live cooking demonstrations by top local chefs, plus plenty of fresh local produce to taste.

This year’s headline act in the main ring was motorcycle stunt king ‘Jamie Squibb’ and his team of riders, who had the crowd gasping in amazement and awe as they performed a raft of gravity-defying tricks - kiss of death, heel-clicker etc. - with their powerful bikes soaring 40ft into the air whilst clearing a 60ft gap between a transportable metal take-off and landing ramp systems.

Of course, with so much to see and do, combined with the size of the ground and the warm weather, the various eating and drinking areas around the grounds were very welcomed by everyone, and with such a huge range of delicious food including fresh battered fish & chips, British hog roasts and beef carveries as well as vegetarian options and Chinese noodle dishes there was something for everyone; the beer tents also proved equally popular on such a hot day.

After a wonderful day, it was time for us to head home.  The air-conditioned coach proved very popular after such a hot day!  And whilst our lovely driver ensured our journey home was as quick as possible, the coach was filled with everyone talking about the various things they had seen and done during the day.  Overall a very successful trip.

Sue Craft

(me  04/10/2017)

(ph  04/10/2017)

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