VIDEO: Holkham country show draws crowds

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Torrential rain did not dampen spirits at Holkham Country Fair over the weekend.

Thousands of people went along to the hall over Saturday and Sunday for a weekend of country pursuits.

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

Gundog trials, donkey rides, fantastic horsemanship, along with stunning crafts and fine food were on offer over the two days.

The show was affected by the typical British summertime weather when a downpour on Sunday forced many people to run for cover. But the rain did not wipe the smiles from the faces of visitors.

More than 30,000 people attended over the weekend.

Organiser Sarah Green was thrilled with the weekend’s success despite the weather.

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

She said: “This is the largest event of its type in this part of Norfolk.

“We keep running traditional countryside events because that is what people want to see and look forward to. The fair is all about teaching children about country life.

“Over the two days people have been really enjoying themselves.”

A fun-packed programme of entertainment was on offer at the Grand Ring with a parachute display.

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

One of the highlights was the amazing horsemanship display by Gulliver’s Carnival, with their daredevil stunts on Spanish horses getting many visitors to hold their breath.

British Scurry and Trials Driving, a parade of hounds and CJ’s Birds of Prey displays were among the attractions on offer in the ring.

There was a fantastic display which paid tribute to a British motoring icon, the Land Rover Series I.

Military vehicles and vintage tractors, including a Little Grey Fergie and Fordson Dexta, were also popular with the crowds.

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

Fun from Holkham Country Fair

There were also a range of vintage Rolls Royce cars.

Visitors were able to try their hands at traditional sports such as clay pigeon shooting, fishing and crossbows. Gun dogs showed off their training during a test.

The fine food village proved to be a big draw for many people, who enjoyed tucking into perfect puddings, cakes and even Sheep Dip Whisky, along with sausages and bison.

Shoppers were also treated to a fantastic array of crafts, plus there were also displays.

Younger visitors enjoyed a ride on the donkeys.

The event was due to have a fly-past on Sunday by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Douglas C47 Dakota but this had to be cancelled due to a mechanical failure.

Instead, families were treated to a display by the Queen’s Dragoons which featured a Jacqal light armoured vehicle.