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Royal Norfolk Show is back with packed programme

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After being sidelined for two years, the Royal Norfolk Show is back next week and looking good for a spectacular two days of entertainment.

The pandemic left a big gap in the county calendar but the show organisers promise everything will be back bigger and better at the Norfolk showground on Wednesday and Thursday.

Showgoers can expect to see more than 3,000 animals, hundreds of trade stands and anything and everything they can possibly want to know about the countryside, rural life and farming.

Princess Anne will be at the show on Wednesday
Princess Anne will be at the show on Wednesday

Putting the Royal into the Royal Norfolk Show, Princess Anne is due to visit on Wednesday. She will spent several hours on the showground talking to exhibitors and stewards from across the county. As part of her tour she will have the chance to meet many of the organisations she supports as a patron and visit the Discovery Zone, meet Young Farmers groups and watch some of the livestock and equine competitions.

The cream of the country's livestock will compete over the two days - horses, cattle, goats, sheep and pigs - there will be show jumping classes and the Shetland Pony Derby causing some excitement in the main ring.

Other main ring events will include a motorcycle display team, the RAF Falcons parachute team will be dropping in and the grand parade of winning animals takes place each afternoon.

Heavy horses always attract crowds
Heavy horses always attract crowds

Music plays a big part in the programme this year with a performance in the main ring to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee and classical vocal trio Blake will be on stage on Wednesday.

The Norfolk Music Hub has also announced it will be hosting three stages at the show featuring live performances from school ensembles, bands, choirs and singers. All will feature an electric mix of artists – from drummers and guitarist to opera and indie music!

Elsewhere on the showground visitors can learn about the latest innovations in farming and science and over in the countryside area they can get involved in rural pursuits from fly fishing to farriery and gundog training.

Royal Norfolk Show (57448671)
Royal Norfolk Show (57448671)

Environmental issues will be in the spotlight and there will be a spectacular garden show, a massive food hall showcasing the best of the county's produce.

The gates open at 8am on both days.

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