The Royal Norfolk Show is an annual event home to Shopping and Fashion, Farming and Livestock, the new Horticulture Show and more, unites businesses and charities from all over Norfolk.
Last week’s event was graced with the pleasant presence of June’s summer sun and over 81 thousand visitors. If you bought your ticket in advance, you got free parking, which is believed to be a significant contributing factor to the mass turn out.
A collective of new businesses joined the show this year, with around fifty bands being invited as part of a new partnership with the Norfolk Music Hub.
Livestock entries were at a record high and the Band of the Parachute Regiment and Norfolk Remembers performed a unique First World War commemoration event.
Mark Nicholas, the show’s Director said:
“The first day of the Royal Norfolk Show has been a cracker. We have seen a really good number of visitors and we think we are on course for more than 40,000 from day one. The weather is a factor, no doubt about it. But more than that, we have enhanced the visitor experience. We have refreshed part of the show and it is very important to do that. There is a new flower and garden show and we have more than 50 bands performing. That is all new.”
Nicholas stressed that while it is important to maintain and conserve the agricultural traditions of the show, it is also important to support other businesses in Norfolk by providing them with an opportunity to showcase themselves – this highlighting Nicholas’ commitment to our county’s wider community.
Show president, Ben Turner said:
“The Royal Norfolk Show, which dates back to 1847, has a reputation for being one of the best county shows in the country – and I am confident that this year’s show will prove to be no exception. As usual, it is set to entertain, educate, inspire and celebrate the diversity of life in our wonderful county.”
Did you attend? What did you enjoy about the coming together of Norfolk businesses?