REVIEW: Royal Bath and West Show goes down a treat in West Country

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 June 2019

The Royal Bath and West Show was a delight this year.Picture: A Gorman

The Royal Bath and West Show was a delight this year.Picture: A Gorman

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The Royal Bath and West Show celebrates ‘the best of British farming, heritage and countryside’ – which is a perfect way to sum up the four-day event in the West Country.

The Royal Bath and West Show was a delight this year.Picture: A GormanThe Royal Bath and West Show was a delight this year.Picture: A Gorman

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the show on Saturday, and I, like many, had been waiting in anticipation to attend the event's final day.

Tens of thousands of people visit the annual agricultural show each year at Shepton Mallet's Showground, which boasts livestock competitions, cider championships and The British Cheese Awards.

More than 50 entertainment acts a day and 125 food producers were there, so I didn't have a chance to see it all, but with a grand parade of award-winning animals, a motorcross bike show and The Wurzels performing, it was a certainly an enjoyable day.

We managed to venture across the site at least twice, racking up an impressive five-mile walk along the way, with many fashion stalls selling shoes, countryside apparel and jewellery, which took our fancy.

The gift, craft and cheese tents were a huge bonus to visit, as the show is always packed with goodies to take home.

What caught my mother-in-law's eye and mine was the array of well-styled, practical clothing - including a scarf which could be turned into a cardigan.

But it isn't all about the clothing, the bandstand on Main Lawn where many orchestra's played made the experience feel royal, adding to the charm of the event.

Popular tents featured children's animation character Tractor Ted, where a life-sized machine was there to greet youngsters.

Children could also try BMXing, rock climbing, zipwiring, and tug of war at The Sport's Zone, as well as watching the Hurdlebrook Cow Milking Show put on by Wyke Farms.

As well as The Wurzels taking centre stage, a selection of well-known artists also performed, including The Leylines and Rule The World, the UK's number one Take That tribute band.

I've attended the Bath and West with family since before I can remember, and the one thing which pulls us back each year is the true-to-life expectation the West Country will be fully embraced in the show.

The event runs from the last Wednesday in May until the following Saturday.

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