Spring sunshine sparks demand for Newport Show tickets
The Newport Show will take place on July 10 - and organisers say it has all the makings of being a record-breaker.
Tickets are selling well for the show after a sunny start to March triggered an influx of enquiries from families across Shropshire and neighbouring counties.
Demand for trade space is also doing well, with many countrywide and local exhibitors returning after a successful visit to Newport for its 100th anniversary show last year.
Show President, Scott Dobson, said: “Every year the organising committee sets itself a challenge – to make the next show better than the last and draw more people into Newport – and in this economic climate that is more important than ever.
“More than 12,000 people poured into the area for last year’s event, giving a boost to local shops and hotels. We are planning an entertainment’s programme which we hope will draw even more for the 101st show.”
Everything takes place within the glorious surroundings of Chetwynd Deer Park, the listed local beauty spot conserved by the Newport and District Agricultural Society.
Main ring attractions will include the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Team with a dare-devil display of airborne motorcycle acrobatics leaping 35ft in the sky.
Also setting pulses racing will be the dashing Knights of the Damned – a jousting stunt team renowned throughout the UK and Europe for their highly-skilled horsemanship honed over 20 years of performances.
Galloping gourmets will find plenty to whet their appetite in the Food Hall, featuring the finest food and drink available from across Shropshire and beyond. Be inspired by live cookery demonstrations and sit back to enjoy refreshments on the Countryside Terrace, listen to some live music and enjoy the stunning views over the parkland.
The horticultural marquee will once again be a delight for all the senses while fans of all things mechanical can cast an admiring eye over gleaming vintage tractors and classic cars.
Retail therapy comes in the shape of more than 200 trade stands selling everything from crafts and country clothing to wine to wellies.
The show will feature all the familiar farming and horticultural classes as well as a pedigree dog show and a packed programme of entertainment for young families including fairground rides, donkey rides and circus entertainers.
Equestrian enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of classes from Welsh Mountain and Shetlands to Working Hunters and Coloured Horses - there's even a fancy dress competition for children and ponies. With £3,500 in prize money up for grabs, the competitive spirit will be riding high when it comes to the jumps in the main ring.
A highlight will be the grand parade of winning cattle and horses when the whole ring is full to capacity and the high standard of the area’s husbandry can be fully appreciated.
Mr Dobson, a salesman who lives in Newport , added: “We are pleased to say that word of the show is spreading.
“Once an event which attracted mainly local farming families, people from all walks of life now attend and have a great time. Its roots are still in farming and representing rural industries, but we do include something for everyone.”
Last year’s president, Lilleshall’s Robert Watson-Jones handed over the reins at a recent meeting of the society.
For more information on the show and how to go about getting specially discounted Early Bird tickets visit www.newportshow.co.uk or call 01952 810814.
Date Posted: 17th March 2010