Hadleigh set for its biggest ever annual show

Hadleigh Show will be bigger and busier this year, according to organisers who have been inundated with interest.

The show is one of the oldest one-day agricultural shows in the country, and last year it attracted record crowds.

With three weeks left to go before the show takes place on Saturday, May 18, organisers are reporting an increase in trade stands and new sponsors, while the food hall will be almost a third bigger than usual with more food producers showcasing their regional produce.

Organiser Claire Lock said: “Food-lovers will be pleased to learn that the food hall is now bigger, and these new exhibitors are in addition to 40 new trade stands, bringing the number of stands to 120. We also have a number of new sponsors.

“The interest has been phenomenal and it promises to be the busiest show to date.”

The focus for the show this year is families and farming, and organisers have 250 goody bags to give away to children and a new children’s education area which will host the Richard Savoury sheep show and have an animal petting area.

There will also be a children’s land train with stopping stages around the showground and children are being encouraged to get a “passport” stamped at various locations to get a chance to win the goody bags.

Ringside entertainment this year includes a quad and motorcycle stunt show and a tractor display team, which organisers are calling the agricultural equivalent of the Red Arrows air display team.

Also included in the main ring is lawnmower racing and a young farmers’ tug-of-war, along with demonstrations from the East Anglian Fire and Rescue team.

As well as ringside entertainment, the show includes the traditional classes of cattle, sheep, goats and horses with a grand parade of winning livestock entries.

The show includes art exhibitions, rural craft demonstrations and flower and horticultural marquees.

For the second year running, tickets can be bought online and at newsagents in Hadleigh and Boxford, at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite in Sudbury and at Hollow Trees Farm Shop in Semer.

Parking is free at Holbecks Park and the show starts at 8am.