Today we headed to the Royal Norfolk Show.
It was wet. For the first time in what felt like months it had been raining persistently for about 12 hours when we headed off.
But it didn’t stop us and it didn’t stop thousands of others.
Equipped with welllies and waterproofs we started exploring what is one of the biggest county shows in the country.
It truly is a wonderful celebration of Norfolk, particularly its agricultural past, present and future.
Every year it makes me proud of what the county has to offer and what it continues to achieve.
Over recent years the show has blossomed and now puts a bigger emphasis on the unique food and drink offering the county has to share as well.
I’m always amazed at how quickly a day at the show can go by when you’re admiring cattle, beer, flowers, food, machinery, butchery, livestock and everything and anything else in between.
Having cattle of our own meant we headed straight to the cattle sheds when we arrived. It’s fascinating to see such a range of beasts up close (and looking their finest). It has inspired us to start halter training our calf Felix sooner than we’d planned, to make him more manageable going forward.
Across the remainder of this morning we were inspired by butchery demos (we think we need to start making sausages) and sampling local food and drink (we particularly enjoyed Wildcraft Brewery, Harleston Cider Co, Humbleyard Vineyard and Woodforde’s Ale – there’s a pattern emerging!).
We paid our annual visit to the machinery stands (stocking up on farm yard essentials), bought roses from the flower and garden show (another annual treat) and caught up with friends aplenty along the way.
I’m always amazed at how much there is to see and do at the show, we could have seen and done so much more, but sometimes it’s nice to amble round too.
You can watch show jumping, heavy horses, military displays, cookery demos, livestock judging, farriers at work, pig racing, vintage farm machinery demos and large-bird displays.
You can sample the best of Norfolk food and drink at more than 100 local stalls .
There is a sports village, a tourism village, a countryside area, the grand ring, a discovery zone, military village, culture zone, shopping zone and much more.
So, if you have a day off tomorrow, why not give it a go.