Review: 151st North Somerset Show a jewel in the agricultural diary
Farmyard animals, plenty of tractors, sheep shearing shows and even sheep racing… Welcome to the West Country.
Since the North Somerset Agricultural Society acquired the Bathing Pond Fields during the sale of the Tyntesfield Estate, they have created the perfect showcase for South West cultural heritage.
Tractor Pulling: One man takes a tractor, loads heavy weights behind it, then drives like mad before it blows up
The 151st North Somerset Show, continues to be a jewel in the run of regional agricultural events, rewarded by crowds in their thousands.
It successfully appeals to the most urban of Bristol families, as well as farmers who spend much time and care polishing their cows.
The well organised event was easy to get to, easy to park and this year, easier to leave.
The showground is a twenty minute drive from central Bristol, based in the beautiful Wraxall countryside, partly greater Bristol with a firm foot in North Somerset.
The field, thanks to the mainly dry weather was easy enough terrain to push a four-wheeled city stroller buggy around with no difficulties.
Plenty of clean toilets placed around the site left us queueing for little more than five minutes.
Highly polished competition cows
The usual presence of hot and cold food vendors catered for those who didn’t get around to packing a picnic.
Getting to the show early is best if you want to spend time wandering around trade and craft stalls.
Later in the day, these areas can become congested.
There is plenty to catch the eye of children and events function as both entertainment and education.
The Sheepshow: We recommend the show for the four-year-old’s birthday party
This year, countryside conservation expert Phil Smith from Sticks and Stones Conservation, took a break from walling in the show to cast his eye over the day’s events with Chopsy Baby.
Phil writes: The North Somerset Show is an uncommercialised show that brings the heart of the countryside to within the reach of the town.
This year was no exception, being packed full of informative, approachable exhibitors, who were happy to stand back and talk to people about the work they were doing.
African Keyhole Gardening
There was something there for everybody that went and so many excellent performances and demonstrations to enjoy.
My show highlights were the performances from the Sheepshow, the dry stone walling and the dog scurrying.
Stands such as the Dry Stone Walling Association, provided a fantastic learning opportunity for children.
Even preschoolers were able to complete a fun and practical puzzle building their own drystone wall and receiving a certificate.
Learning to build a dry stone wall at the Dry stone Walling Association stand
There was a broad network of skills going on across the show, educating young ones about the countryside, how it is managed and of course, how to maintain and protect it.
It was fantastic to see traditional farming methods really drawing in the children, especially the threshing machine
The event was a manageable size to walk around and well organised.
Make sure you buy a programme so you know what’s going on when and you don’t miss anything.