Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Traditional attractions at 124th Henley Show

A LARGER horticultural section will be featured at this year’s Henley Show.

A LARGER horticultural section will be featured at this year’s Henley Show.

It will include a floristry display by the Berkshire College of Agriculture with a pop-up garden and an eco-car covered with plants. Photo-journalist John Negus, who trained at Wisley Gardens, will share his passion for gardening and other outdoor pursuits.

The show will also welcome the Bonsai and Fuchsia Societies and a representative from the Chelsea Fringe Festival, the alternative flower festival that came to Henley this year.

The horticultural section was introduced last year and is being enlarged due to its  popularity.

The 124th annual show, which is organised by the Henley and District Agricultural Association, will take place at Greenlands Farm in Hambleden next Saturday (September 12).

Other attractions include a display of more than 200 classic cars and vintage tractors as well as livestock, showjumping and light trade driving,

There will be displays of heavy horses, gun dogs, falconry and, for the first time, a flock of Valais Blacknose mountain sheep, while Richard Savory’s Sheep Show will return.

The produce tent will be full of cakes, flowers, fruit, vegetables and art.

Children can enjoy the interactive food and farming marquee and there will be a companion dog show with entries on the day.

There will also be a range of trade stands, craft and shopping marquees as well as the food and wine tent. Another new addition is the Oxford Jazz Collective, which will play in the Village Green. The group features trumpet player Stuart Henderson, pianist, double bassist and viola player Peter Billington and pianist and double bassist Esther Ng.

Show chairman Andrew Ingram, who runs the Tree Barn at Christmas Common, said: “The strength of the Henley Show is that it remains very much an agricultural show. It’s not a Barbour and Wellingtons shopping arcade which other shows have become.

“We make a real effort to get a lot of livestock there so there are a lot of sheep, cattle and poultry. It’s just a hell of a good day out and there’s something for everybody.”

The showground opens at 8.30am with the last main ring event at 5pm. Free buses will be running from Boots in Henley.

Tickets can be bought online. The cost is £10 per adult (£7 concessions) and £5 per child (under sixes go free). A family ticket costs £25. On the day, prices are £12 for an adult (£8 concessions), £6 for a child and £30 for a family ticket.

For more information, mail info@thehenleyshow.co.uk or visit www.thehenleyshow.co.uk

• A four-page guide to the show will be published in next week’s Henley Standard.

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