Showground set to burst into life as Suffolk’s flagship event returns

Young jockeys in action during the Shetland Pony Grand National at the Suffolk Show 2018
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Young jockeys in action during the Shetland Pony Grand National at the Suffolk Show - Credit: Nick Butcher

Organisers are expecting up to 90,000 visitors as the Suffolk Show returns following a three-year break.

Show director Bruce Kerr said the showground was “buzzing” as 300 farmer volunteers who run the event take the wraps off all the trappings for the two-day county celebration.

As ever, the show – which takes place on Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1 – promises to deliver an action-packed mix of food, farming, agriculture and all that makes Suffolk great.

The 300-acre site will host 600 trade stands featuring the best of local food, fashion, art, flowers and crafts – while the 12 competition rings will be once again wowing the crowds with live displays.

The rings’ packed schedules include the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Mascot Derby, international quality showjumping, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team which will be making a spectacular entrance in the Collins Grand Ring on both days.

Highlights this year include a spectacular two-acre pop-up museum showcasing Suffolk’s evolution over the past 70 years to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

There will also be hundreds of free have-a-go activities for all ages, including a climbing wall and Air Drop in the Sports Village, underwater noughts and crosses with a military diver in the Military Zone, and a free

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Jubilee-themed hairstyle and manicure with local beauty students in the Suffolk Skills Zone.

“There is a buzzing atmosphere at Trinity Park as we reach the final days before the Suffolk Show,” said Bruce. 

“All the marquees are going up, the rings are laid out, and the finishing touches are in place to ensure everyone can have an enjoyable day out.

“After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, this is my first and last experience as show director and I would like to thank the whole team for supporting my vision to make this the best show yet. We look forward to opening the gates on Tuesday and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the Suffolk Show.”

Visitors are being encouraged to buy tickets online in advance to avoid cash handling on site. Online tickets cost £28.50 for adults, or £30 at the gate. Car parking is free at the Suffolk Show this year and the showground layout has been enhanced to offer more space.

The Suffolk Show is organised by farm charity the Suffolk Agricultural Association.

To book tickets, visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01473 707110.