10 reasons to go to the Cranleigh Show 2010
PUBLISHED: 15:23 13 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:51 28 February 2013
What do a seven-foot tall robot, the new Prime Minister and daredevil motocross stunts have in common with cattle parades, sheepdog trials and showjumping? The answer is the hugely popular Cranleigh Show, which takes place again on Sunday August 1
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2010
What do a seven-foot tall robot, the new Prime Minister and daredevil motocross stunts have in common with cattle parades, sheepdog trials and showjumping? The answer is the hugely popular Cranleigh Show, which takes place again on Sunday August 1. Here, we pick out ten of the highlights from this years event
- At the centre of Cranleigh Show is the livestock, and while they have battled through some hard times such as in 2007 when foot-and-mouth struck they have always come out the other side (on that occasion, now Prime Minister David Cameron even attended in solidarity). The cattle, sheep, pigs and goats give attendees a chance to see at close quarters some of the best beasts in the country. Judging starts at 9am and the grand parade takes place in the main ring at around 3.30pm.
- There will be seven showing rings on the day, featuring everything from showjumping and carriage driving to heavy horses and junior rider competitions. Plus, a few ever-loveable donkeys along the way, too no fence jumping for them, though.
- Over at the countryside arena, there will be displays of falconry, terrier racing and gun dogs.
- Not quite so natural, however, is Titan the Robot a seven-foot tall mechanical socialite who will be avoiding the Champagne for fear of rust but mixing and mingling with the crowds, nevertheless.
- Slightly more sedate, but just as much fun, is David Seamarks sheepdog demonstration where he tests the skills of his highly trained sheepdogs against a flock of sometimes reluctant sheep (along with the occasional goose). Younger members of the audience will be able to get in on the act by volunteering to assist in the performance. Who said you shouldnt work with children or animals?
- There is plenty for the shopaholic, as well, with nearly 200 different trade stands offering a great opportunity for a little retail therapy, together with rural craft demonstrations and delicious farm food fare.
- Things get a little more high-octane with the return of the Bolddog freestyle motocross team in the main ring, who will be showing off their daredevil stunts and jumps on what they claim to be the largest most sophisticated landing ramp ever seen anywhere in the world.
- Those of a mechanical mind will have their interest aroused by the vintage tractors, which will parade in the afternoon.
- True New Zealand style will be coming to the showground with the entertaining sheep show presented by Richard Savory, who demonstrates sheep shearing and his amazing and very talented dancing sheep. Who needs Strictly?!
- For the grand finale, weather depending, an intrepid flight seeker will be heading for the skies in a rousing balloon ascent. Not a bad way to make your exit after a day of rural spills and thrills.
Need to know
The Cranleigh Show takes place on Sunday August 1 at The Showground, Bookhurst Road, Cranleigh GU6 7DW. Gates open at 8.30am and close at 6pm. Tickets on the day are: Adults, 12; children under 16, 5; OAPs, 8; family tickets, 30 (for two adults and three children). To buy tickets and for more information, visit the website: www.cranleighshow.org.uk.