The Royal Bath & West Show: A thrilling day out

PUBLISHED: 16:35 24 April 2019

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Tickets are now on sale for the Royal Bath & West Show, and children - for the first time - can go free during the May half term

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Tickets are now on sale for the Royal Bath & West Show, and children - for the first time - can go free during the May half term, with a £5 discount on early adult bookings.

The show, which will be held from May 29 to June 1, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, offers a thrilling day out for all the family, with a packed schedule including exciting main-ring attractions, live music, off-road driving, livestock and equine competitions, and plenty of local food and drink.

This year's main-ring superstars are Extreme Bike Battle FMX, a team of incredible stunt riders performing spectacular tricks and defying gravity to pull off jumps, flips and somersaults.

Visitors can also meet television presenter and Cotswold Farm Park owner Adam Henson, have a go on the 4x4 off-road course, witness the daring antics of the Dorset Axemen and take a ride on the enchanting miniature railway.

For younger visitors, the Tractor Ted farm fun zone offers hours of entertainment, with a bouncy castle, ball pit, cinema and tractor-driving school.

After that, head to the popular Farming for the Family area to see chicks hatching, make mozzarella cheese, pet goats and learn how to milk a cow.

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis will be introducing live music in the Pilton Tent – with the music continuing well into the evening. So why not book into the show's campsite and enjoy a mini festival?

In addition, visitors can enjoy food and drink from some of the best producers in the West Country and taste award-winning cider and cheese.

Head of shows, Alan Lyons, said: “The Royal Bath & West Show is a true celebration of Great British agriculture, entertainment, food and drink, and we look forward to welcoming all of our visitors and exhibitors.”

Lovers and makers of cider will flock to this year's show to take part in the British Cider Championships as the craft continues to produce a huge array of delicious delicacies.

Cider has shot to popularity in recent years as makers have branched out to produce artisan ciders that are sweet and crisp on the tongue – a far cry from the traditional farmhouse scrumpy.

The competition attracts entrants from large commercial manufacturers down to small hobbyists making cider in their garden shed.

The Royal Bath & West of England Society was founded in 1777 in Bath by a group of philanthropists led by Edmund Rack.

It is a registered charity that aims to encourage agriculture, arts, manufacture and commerce.

Tickets for this year's Royal Bath & West Show are available from www.bathandwest.com or by calling 0844 776 6777.

Royal Bath & West Show

The Showground

Shepton Mallet

Somerset

BA4 6QN

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