What to see and do at The Suffolk Show this May 29 and 30
PUBLISHED: 11:57 14 May 2019
The Suffolk Show is the county's biggest day out on May 29 & 30 and this year it promises to be better than ever
Every year, visitors flock to the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich, to explore the very best of the county in one place and this May the action-packed show offers plenty of exciting attractions, unique shopping opportunities and free activities for the whole family to enjoy.
New for 2019 is a Real Life Superheroes area which will recognise the fantastic work of the county's police service, fire service, paramedics, air ambulance, RNLI, HM Coastguard, Addenbrooks Hospital and BT Emergency Disaster Crew. You can see emergency vehicles and life-saving equipment up close and climb up to the impressive public viewing platform for a perfect snapshot of the whole showground.
Central to the Suffolk Show is food, farming and agriculture and its importance to every day life in the county. In the Farm Discovery Zone, families can get up close to different farm animals and learn more about them, including Suffolk's rare breeds such as Red Poll cattle and the Suffolk Punch horse.
The show also offers an opportunity to see the latest technology which is helping modern farmers in the Agricultural Machinery Area, or visit the Farming Live Area to learn the story of oilseed farming and how food is grown here in Suffolk.
With plenty of free activities throughout the show, families won't be short of things to see and do, including trying their hand at some of the sports and games in the Sports Plus area, exploring the inside of military vehicles in the Military Zone and testing out coding skills in the innovative BT Technology Marquee.
The entertainment in the Grand Ring is set to thrill the crowds with daredevil stunt shows from the Imps Motorcycle Display Team and the Red Devils parachute display team as well as firm favourites like the Shetland Pony Grand National and mascot race.
A visit to the Suffolk Show wouldn't be complete without a taste of the county and the Adnams Food Hall and Beach Eats area will have plenty on offer.
The Greene King Eat Street will also be back with a fantastic range of food and drink. Pick up some culinary tips from the county's favourite chefs with live demos in the Adnams Cookery Theatre.
As the largest 'pop up' shopping experience in the county, visitors to the show can browse through luxury fashion and accessories not normally found on the high-street as well as seeing new emerging Suffolk-grown talent.
Take your dog to explore the expanded Skinners Dog Walk and Agility Ring, sponsored by Skinners Dog Food, featuring an agility area, doggie 'selfie' boards and lots of dog-friendly goodies.
The Reflections Courtyard is another new attraction, providing a quiet space to relax with the Rural Coffee Caravan while exploring local heritage with displays from Suffolk Libraries and The Hold archive centre.
The Suffolk Agricultural Association, organisers of the Suffolk Show are committed to supporting green initiatives and reducing waste.
This year, the show is launching a single purchase sturdy recyclable cup which can be used throughout the day and then either kept as a souvenir or refunded at the end of the day.
To make navigating the showground even easier, and the reduce the need for a paper show guide, visitors can download the Suffolk Show app before travelling to the show.
The app features an interactive map, trade stand information and a brand-new activity trail with great prizes to win.
This year the app also features a handy 'find your car' button where you can save your car park location and it will direct you back to your car at the end of the day.
Tickets for this year's Suffolk Show are now on sale. Advanced tickets cost £23 (saving £5 per ticket) while children aged under 15 once again receive free entry. For more information and to book tickets visitsuffolkshow.co.uk or call 01473 707117.
Visitors to the Flower and Garden Show will once again be greeted by an incredible floral entrance which, this year, is in honour of Suffolk Show president Stephen Miles.
Having been involved in the show since a young age, Stephen became show director in 2005 and more recently took on the role of senior steward for the Glasswells Flower & Garden Marquee.
Work on this year's impressive display, themed on a woodland walk, is already underway with long-serving steward John Dyter at the helm. The stunning display will feature mature trees surrounded by vibrant shrubs and plants.
For more garden and landscape inspiration, visitors can browse the magnificent display gardens, sponsored by Woodbridge-based Notcutts Garden Centres, which bring a real RHS Chelsea Flower Show vibe and a great opportunity to get advice and tips from the expert garden designers.
Now in its fifth year, the Schools Show Garden Competition will showcase the gardening and landscaping skills of children from the county's primary schools.
Nestled amongst the plants you'll find the Calvors Beer Garden, with a pop-up bar, live music and gardening demonstrations on stage. It's a perfect picnic spot with a relaxed garden party atmosphere.