Best in show!
Combining all the razzmatazz of a summer festival with the rustic charm of a traditional agricultural show, the Burwarton Show, this year taking place on Thursday 1 August, is an exciting day out for the whole family.
Shop local crafts for jewellery, clothing and artworks, and visit the thriving conservation area, where you can learn the ancient art of scything, try your hand at stone masonry, learn how to fly cast around the Mill Pool or wood-turn an item to take home.
The Livestock Field is always packed with spectators watching as exhibitors compete for the top prizes in cattle, sheep and pig breed classes. A special feature this year will be a display of the popular Valais Blacknose Sheep, as seen on television.
Another popular feature is the Horse Field, where competitions for ridden and in-hand horses and ponies run throughout the day, with beautifully turned-out animals of all breeds taking part. The younger competitors in the Pony Club Inter-Club Games always appreciate the support of cheering onlookers, while the carriage driving is an impressive sight.
Fun for all
The children’s play area sees the return of the Panic Family Circus while the Village Green will host a traditional Punch and Judy Show as well as welcoming Magic Russ and a range of live musicians and singers.
In the main ring, the Atkinson Action Horses will have viewers on the edge of their seats with their daredevil stunts while Ray and Wendy Aliker again show off the ancient art of falconry with their elegant and powerful birds of prey. And the spectacular Aldabra Giant Tortoises, a huge hit last year, are back by popular demand again in 2019.
The Show opens at 8am at the Showground, Cleobury North WV16 6RP on the B4364 between Bridgnorth and Ludlow. Parking is free. Admission is £17 for adults and £5 for children, with under 11s FREE. Visit burwartownshow.co.uk to buy discounted tickets online before the show.