This Sunday, for one day only, the King George V Playing Fields in Hereford will be transformed as it’s the new location for the Hereford Country Fair. An event that celebrates the best of rural life, this year it will also commemorate WW1 and the pivotal year of 1917. We'll be there, so be sure to stop by and say hello.
From 9.30am onwards, there’s a packed schedule of things to see and do including a variety of equestrian events, from show jumping to displays by military horses. The show boasts three separate rings, all featuring back-to-back events.
What would a country show be without our canine companions? Herefordshire Country Show has all sorts on offer for dog lovers, including gun dog events, terrier racing and a fun dog show.
Entertainment will include the thrills and spills of James Dylan’s Stuntworld – an internationally-renowned motorcycle stunt team who stun audiences the world over with their daring displays involving ramps, wheelies and rings of fire.
There will also be an extensive display of classic cars and anyone with a car registered before 1980 is welcome to bring it along to join in with the festivities. If something a little newer is more your thing, there will also be a chance to walk around the Motor Village where local car showrooms will have the latest models on display.
You can try your hand at laser clay shooting – a high-tech version of traditional clay pigeon shooting where people aim at an infra-red beam using a modified gun. This means everyone of all ages and abilities can have a go without having to master holding a rifle.
Kids can enjoy a traditional Punch & Judy show or have a go at go-karting, whilst anyone looking for some retail therapy should head for the Craft & Shopping Marquee. Over 100 local artisans will be selling everything from textiles, jewellery and soap so you can expect to bag a bargain.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink with lots of local produce on offer including plenty of cider. Why not take in a cookery demonstration in the WW1 Commemoration Village as well?
The history of the fair dates back some 40 years and it was once a major event rivalling country shows throughout the UK. However, the foot and mouth crisis of the 90s had a major impact on the event and it’s only in recent years that it has started to gather pace again.
Tickets cost £10 per adult and £5 per child with children under 5 allowed in free. You get a discount if you buy a ticket in advance so why not visit www.herefordshirecountryfair.co.uk