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Packed programme for show

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:29 05 July 2010

THE 2008 Suffolk Show takes place at Trinity Park showground outside Ipswich this week and it will again be offering a packed programme of events and attractions - whether for families seeking a day out or those looking to do a spot of business.

THE 2008 Suffolk Show takes place at Trinity Park showground outside Ipswich this week and it will again be offering a packed programme of events and attractions - whether for families seeking a day out or those looking to do a spot of business.

There will be more than 700 trade stands at this year's show, which is held on Wednesday and Thursday, including around 100 new exhibitors, with the amount of trade space available at the show having been increased this year to meet demand.

The total includes an increased contingent of agricultural machinery suppliers, reflecting the more buoyant mood of the arable sector amid sharply increased cereal prices, but the increase in the number of exhibitors is repeated across the board.

Animal entries are also strong, with the show expected to feature a record total of 186 heavy horses together with 1,324 entries across the light horse classes, 357 cattle and 404 sheep - despite continued concerns over bluetongue - and 92 pigs.

The food hall - this year rebranded as The Adnams Food & Drink Experience, under sponsorship from the Southwold brewer - will feature more than 60 exhibitors and a range of cookery demonstrations, with a strong emphasis on local produce.

Adnams also plans to use the event to launch a draught version of its new East Green beer, developed as the country's first “carbon neutral” ale with the support of the University of East Anglia, and currently only available in bottled form from Tesco or Adnams' own Cellar & Kitchen stores.

Heading the entertainment line-up in the main ring will be the Equimax Metropolitan Police Activity Ride, a demonstration of horsemanship featuring horses and riders who are also involved in front-line policing in London.

Most of the country's leading show jumpers will also be at the show, with the programme being led by an International Trial and the Fred. Olsen Gran Prix, while the Grand Ring will also see a Grand Parade of champion livestock on both days of the show.

In the President's Ring, the judging of sheep and heavy horses will be followed by the Jive Pony and X-Treme Motocross display teams.

An improved Countryside area, near the popular Children's Farm feature, will include gun dog and tree surgeon displays while the Wildlife area will include woodland crafts and pond dipping.

The Suffolk: Creating the Greenest County initiative which was launched at the Suffolk Show last year will feature in a new Green Village area for companies producing and supplying “green” products and services.

The theme of the Farminanglia demonstration area this year will be “Hidden Treasure”, focusing on potato production, while other popular attractions including the Interactive Sports Village, Flower Show, Dog Show and Suffolk Skills areas will also feature once more.

Evening entertainment on day one of the show - which regularly sees up to 5,000 visitors extending their day out well in to the evening - will be Take on That, a Take That tribute act.

This year's show will again be a Royal occasion, with Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester due to visit on day one.

A family ticket covering entry for two adults and two children, plus car parking, is available in advance of the show for £35 or on the day for £45, with prices having been held at last year's levels. The Trinity Park showground will also be served by buses from all three of Ipswich's Park & Ride sites - at Bury Road, London Road and Martlesham - on both days of the show.

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