A little earlier this summer I ran a competition to win a pair of tickets to BBC Countryfile Live 2017. This summery spectacle was held a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I’d give you a little run down of exactly what I got up to!
We arrived at the showground bright and early, ready to make the most of the jam-packed day ahead. On arrival we were very lucky to have our tickets upgraded, allowing us access to the beautiful Boathouse lounge, set right on the River Glyme. After tucking into the array of pastries on offer and having a flick through the show guide, we headed out to the main show.
Our first stop was to be the National Trust Theatre to see a talk by the renowned presenter and cameraman Simon King. The atmosphere in the tent was brilliant, with everyone eager to hear his stories of the bush and big cats from his work on documentaries such as Planet Earth and Big Cat Diaries. King explained how his father (also a producer) aided his journey as a producer and how his love of wildlife began in his homeland of Kenya.
After the talk we made our way around the show entering various competitions and watching Dog and Duck shows, Carriage Racing competitions and live performers at the BBC Introducing Stage. There were an extremely wide range of displays including those of Kuoni, the Kennel Club and Mercedes Benz, who even had a Formula 1 simulator! Let’s just say, my boyfriend was VERY happy about that one!
There were also some more “hands on” farming areas alongside the various stalls. The Passion for British Livestock was one such area, which featured a selection of animals from Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. Visitors were able to get up close and personal with the different animals and learn more about the breeds from the experts. This area of the show definitely proved to be a huge hit, I mean, who doesn’t want to cuddle a chick?!
The huge Street Food Market was another extremely popular area of the show. The market was a similar to Camden or La Boqueria in Barcelona, just SO MUCH FOOD! I could literally have spent a whole day just eating and drinking my way around. It had food from pretty much every country you could think of; Greek, Spanish, Thai, Italian, Cuban, Indonesian and good ol’ British fish and chips amongst many, many more.
There was also a large Kitchen Marquee full of stalls selling treats from numerous independent brands. It was so interesting to see what people had come up with! Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur?! Um, yes please.
As well as the hustle and bustle of the stalls and markets, the show had plenty of opportunities to relax with a drink in hand. There were several bar areas dotted about, including the very impressive Craven Arms Pub. Yes, they even managed to include a pub! The drinks areas were the perfect way to take some time out and just soak up the beautiful surroundings of Blenheim Palace. The grounds are very similar to those of the beautiful Stowe Landscape Gardens, which you can read more about in my post here.
For the more adventurous, Countryfile Live even had a large waterside activities area. Show-goers could take to the river on a canoe or test their head for heights and scale to the top of a climbing wall. Older visitors could also test their off-road driving skills alongside skilled professionals in a 4×4 Mitsubishi Off Road Experience. It’s definitely a “fun for all the family” event!
Despite being at the show from 9-5, we still didn’t get to see everything! There were so many different ways we could have spent the day; relaxing and sampling the different culinary offers, weaving through the numerous stalls or watching spectacular main ring shows. Even if you don’t tune in to Countryfile every weekend, you will definitely find something for you at the show!
BBC Countryfile Live will be returning to Blenheim Palace for its third year from 2nd-5th August 2018. Make sure to put the date in your diary and check out the website for more information!
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Until next time,
I was very kindly hosted by BBC Countryfile Live for the purposes of this review, however, all words and opinions are my own.