THE man in charge of the Henley Show says there will be no repeat of last year’s parking fiasco.
Mike Cannon, chairman of the Henley and District Agricultural Association, insists visitors to the event next Saturday will be able to leave quickly and safely.
More exits have been added and additional staff hired to prevent long queues at Greenlands Farm in Hambleden.
It follows chaos at the end of last year’s show which the organisers blamed on the last-minute loss of voluntary staff to help direct the traffic.
Mr Cannon said: “We have spent time looking at all aspects of traffic management and hope we have gone some way to improving the situation. The way the cars will be parked in the main car park has been changed and the number of exits has been increased, as has the number of helpers. We have also extended the hours of coverage in the car park.
“We have also reviewed traffic management in the showground and have again increased the number of volunteers involved responsible for showground traffic and parking.” Blue Badge disabled parking has been moved out of the showground and back to the top of the main car park where there is flatter ground to provide easier entry.
Attractions at this year’s show include the usual cattle, sheep and poultry, showjumping and showing classes.
The main ring will have a parade of steam engines, a foraging display, light trade driving and a performance by the Corunna Band.
Regular exhibitor Richard Savory is returning with his Dancing Sheep Show and there will be the usual interactive food and farming marquee where children can learn where their food comes from and take part in activities.
The marquee will be home to five 12-week-old Gloucester old spot piglets.
Other entertainment will include a bird of prey display, Punch and Judy show, zorbing, a helter skelter and a bungee.
There will also be a display of handmade replicas of royal carriages each of which took two years to make. Creator Peter Smith has access to the real carriages and their plans and the paint he uses is sourced from the Royal Mews and approved by the Queen.
There has been a rise in produce entries after celebrity chefs Galton Blackiston and Jun Tanaka won the top two prizes in the decorated cake class in last year’s show, which was then featured on the BBC’s Country Show Cook Off.
Donna Guile, who runs the produce tent, says: “All the cooking classes are up. They are always well attended but there are definitely some new cooks and chefs coming in. It has made people more aware that the general public could take part in it.”
Parking at the showground is free and free buses will run to and from Henley and Marlow.
Tickets cost £30 on the day and £25 online per family of two adults and two children, £12 (£10) per adult and £6 (£5) per child. Concession (65-plus) is £8 (£7) and children under five enter free.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.the henleyshow.co.uk