As a family we attend The Royal County of Berkshire Show annually and this year were lucky enough to be invited as press. The show runs for two days and this year we went on the Sunday. Unfortunately upon arrival there was a torrential down pour that lasted over an hour and we started the day a bit wet but luckily the sun decided to shine for the rest of the day and we had a lovely dry afternoon at the show.
The first attraction we went to see (in the terrible weather) was the ‘Grass to Glass’ Tractor pageant in the main arena. It was great to see such a diverse range of machinery on display.
After that we went to look at the show animals. There were pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, cows, llamas and more. It’s always lovely to see the different breeds and watch some of the judging taking place.
We then made use of the NCT tent, this is a great facility for families with young children and we have made use of it for the last 5 years. There are baby changing and breast feeding facilities, some toys and colouring and just a place to sit out of the rain and sunshine. It’s a great asset to the show and it was fantastic to see the tent being so well used this year.
Clarence Court Eggs were the main sponsor of the show this year and they had a great stand. We played on the Ostrich Shy, looked at a range of their laying birds, took home some recipe ideas, admired their feather bunting and giant egg boxes and tasted canapés whilst enjoying a sip of champagne.
After our picnic we explored the show further getting to sit on two combine harvesters and a military tank, we played on the Tractor Ted stand, we played pitch and putt and archery in the Scout area, watched The Sheep Show and visited the NFU education stand where we got to ‘milk’ a cow and then headed to the food tent.
One of the highlights of the show for us this year was the bee tent, we love bees in our household and it was great to learn a little bit more about them. We got to make our own bees wax candle for 50p and also made origami flowers for the ‘wild flower’ meadow. The flowers were used to educate children and their families about how many flowers bees needed to collect nectar from to make the smallest amount of honey, it was certainly thought provoking and a great lesson for us all. We were able to try some honey and look at some lovely products produced by bee keepers.
The Rowse Honey Bee Hive was beautiful inside and full of interesting bee facts. We also got the chance to find the Queen Bee in her hive.
There was so much to see at The Royal County of Berkshire Show that sadly we did not manage it all, however we had a fantastic day as ever and look forward to returning in 2020.
*Berkshire Mummies was gifted press tickets for the event this year. Click here to view the Berkshire Mummies disclaimer*.