Line-up for 2014 Royal Bath and West Show unveiled

By Anita Jaynes on February 02, 2014

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The countdown is on for the 151st Royal Bath and West Show which features two British awards plus a host of new attractions to wow the crowds.

This year it takes place from May 28 to 31 in half term and show manager Alan Lyons says it will be a showstopper.

“There really is something for the whole family from daredevil displays in the main ring to the country’s top livestock on show,” he said.

A focus on food and drink brings with it the prestigious British Cheese Awards and the new British Cider Competition.

Alan says: “We’re created a Cheese Village to showcase the work of cheese producers and associated products. The British Cider Championships will also feature making the Show a real celebration of all things British.

“Our Farming for the Family section will have a range of displays and demonstrations which show the route from field to fork with an extended butchery and cookery demonstrations not forgetting our new artisan food marquee will mean it’s a must-visit for all food lovers.”

In the main ring will be The Devils Horsemen – one of Europe’s leading teams of Horsemasters, Stuntmen and Stunt Co-ordinators which has featured in film and TV productions such as The King’s Speech, The Eagle and The Duchess.

Jamie Squibb will be bringing Squibbfreestyle motocross arena stunt show to the main ring with a team of riders performing breath taking jumps and stunts mid-air.

But it’s not just food, drink and daredevil displays – the Show will also be appealing to the  green fingered visitor with Glorious Gardening.

Alan said: “Another new initiative is this specialist gardening area which will feature the Instant Garden Challenge, Gardening talks and demonstrations, floral art marquee and garden sundries marquee.

“We will, of course, also have the best of British livestock and equine at the Show, which is afterall how it started back in the 19th century.

“We are the only four day agricultural show in England and we have the top animals in the country being displayed and competing to be named Champion.

“Last year we celebrated our 150th Show and 2014 will mark 50 years of the Golden Shears award in the Sheep Shearing Pavilion.

“It is an incredible event as it encompasses everything one normally sees in a traditional day out with a quintessentially British agricultural show.”

Early bird tickets are on sale until March 31 costing £17 for an adult, £3 for a child or £40 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

Advance saver tickets will be on sale from April 1 to May 26 at £19 for an adult, £5 for a child or £48 for a family. Gate prices are £22 adult, £7 child and £55 for adult.