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The region’s leading countryside and lifestyle show - The East of England Show – is celebrating its Fortieth Anniversary at the East of England Showground on 13th, 14th and 15th June 2008.

East of England Show


This year, the Show, organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, will embrace its farming ties with Farming Friday. Admission to the first day of the show will be free to all, and the focus of the day will be on all that is best in agriculture in the East of England.

Friday will be the main livestock showing day and entries are flooding in from the best of British livestock farmers and breeders. There will be a full programme of equestrian classes, which will continue throughout the weekend including all breeds of horses, from Shetlands to Shires, and some great show jumping classes.

Friday is also the final of the Schools Food Challenge – the region’s most hotly contested culinary competition – when local school pupils will tempt us all with their mouth-watering menus. The Country Trail (open all weekend) will enable children to learn more about where their roast lunch comes from, while having great fun.

Saturday and Sunday will see all the usual fun of the fair and the fabulous family entertainment the Show has become famous for. Main ring entertainment over the two days will include the Dancing Diggers (Diggerland JCB Stunt Team), the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team and the Devil’s Horsemen.

Our food hall, in the brand new exec exhibition hall, will feature celebrity chefs, Lesley Waters and James Tanner, will inspire you to cook some scrumptious food – why not buy some delicious produce from the trade stands there too! You can even buy direct from the farmer yourself.

Also, on the Saturday and Sunday only, the Peterborough International Orchid Show returns for its second year at the show, and will be a delight for the senses with these delicate blooms coming from around the world. There will also be talks from Orchid experts to help you grow your own. Our evening concerts will have you dancing the night away to the Lounge Lizards on Friday and Boney M featuring Maizie Williams and Saturday.

There is plenty of opportunity for retail therapy, with over 400 retail stands to choose from, including the Lifestyle Zone, craft fairs and Food Hall.

Advance tickets:
Admission on Friday is Free.

Advanced tickets for Saturday and Sunday are priced at:

Family (2 adults + 2 children) £23
Adult £11
Senior (65+) £9
Children (5-16 years) £5

Tickets are available at many Tourist Information Centres and selected travel agents across the region.

Alternatively book by telephone – 0845 450 6425 or download an advanced ticket booking form from the website – www.showground.org.uk.

On-the-gate-admission:
Admission on Friday is Free.

Prices for Saturday and Sunday:

Family (2+2) £28
Adult £14
Senior (65+) £11
Children (5-16 years) £6.50.

Gates open from 8.00am – 6pm and car parking is FREE, with a network of level tarmac roads for ease of access for the disabled. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a full paying adult and dogs must be kept on leads at all times (dogs will not be permitted in the buildings).

The East of England Showground is easily accessible by car from all major routes and is well sign-posted. Rail passengers should travel to Peterborough Station (located approximately 6 miles from the Showground) from where a shuttle bus service will be in operation.

May 2008 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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