A new countryside area will be a feature of this summer’s Aylsham Show.

The countryside area will include displays of working dogs and six packs of hounds and birds of prey and owls.

There will be a number of “hands-on” activities for younger visitors, said organiser and steward Rob Norman.

The country’s biggest one-day agricultural show, which is staged in the historic grounds of Blickling Park , near Aylsham, on August Bank Holiday Monday, also has a full range of livestock classes.

But the countryside area will run alongside the popular food and farming displays.

Other attractions are also being lined up and will be announced in the run-up to the show, which takes place on Monday, August 29 at Blickling Park. It is also the 70th anniversary of the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association, which evolved from a fund-raising event to improve facilities at the town’s recreation ground.

John Wootten President of Aylsham Show 2017
Aylsham Show President I am very pleased and honoured to be President of the Aylsham Show in 2017. We moved to Aylsham in 1978, but as a ship’s captain, my job took me abroad for several years. In 1982 my wife’s uncle, John Thornton, then local director of Barclays Bank was President of the Show and he persuaded me to get involved. When illness forced me to retire from the sea, I became Assistant Showground Director to Tom Elwes for several years until 1992. After some years building up Eastern Events, in 2010 I took over as Show Director from Jamie Jamieson. My grandfather farmed at Horsham St Faith and I like to think that he may have visited the show in its formative years. My wife Charlotte certainly competed at the Show in the 1960’s, majoring on the gymkhana. Up until the end of last year I was a director of Revival Productions who have staged very successful concerts in Blickling Park for the past 5 years. All of us who work for the Show have special moments. As Show Director I was always on site by 5 am – a magical time with the mist rising and everything just stirring. The stockmen are washing down their cattle, and sheep are calling to one another. But soon it is all go and you look at your watch and discover it is 2 o’clock in the afternoon before you know it. One of the things I will really enjoy as President is actually being able to see the Show and to meet and thank all the people who make it such a success. The Show is a fantastic organisation where people give their time and energy to raise money for local charities and I am very proud to be a part of it and to be President in 2017.
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