A celebration of all things South Glos
Preparations are hotting up for the first South Gloucestershire Show this August. Show organiser Darren Hawkins tells Downend Voice why the time is right for us to celebrate our wonderful region and what we can expect at the much anticipated two-day extravaganza
"SOUTH Gloucestershire is a beautiful county with a rich and varied community and many towns and villages and some fantastic events held in each. But with no city it has always lacked a real focal point for the people of South Gloucestershire to come together as a whole and celebrate what it means to live and work in the area.
This is where the idea for the South Gloucestershire Show came about. Although many might refer to the event as a ‘county show’ we feel the South Gloucestershire Show is much more than that. Although the rural landscape and way-of-life is represented, we didn’t want the show to become an agricultural show with limited appeal. We want our show to be a big party that everyone can enjoy no matter what their age or interests or background. A show for everyone!
The South Gloucestershire Show will be held at The Windmill Fisheries Showground, Westerleigh Road, BS37 8QZ, as a celebration of all things South Gloucestershire and a showcase for lifestyle and leisure in and around the county. The show takes place on the August 2 and 3and gates open at 10.30am on both days with live music till 9pm.
The show will bring together the people of the county for a weekend of fun and entertainment and has amazing attractions for visitors of all ages, stuff for under 5s too.
Amongst the usual mix of big brands, smaller retailers, beer tent and food stands, visitors to the show can expect to try their hand at motorsports or learn how to change a car tyre in a pitstop situation. Also for the motoring fans there will be a classic car show - organised by the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club - and an interactive 4 x 4 area.
There will be a chance to have a go at golf, fishing and shooting with top professional coaches and to watch the daredevils from the Extreme Wheels perform their tricks in the cycle show area. There will even be hot air balloons.
Visitors can watch and participate in the fun and games in the main arena and our special kids zone, which includes Little Tikes Town, Jingaloo and Punch and Judy, will keep the little ones entertained all day.
If all of that hasn’t tired you out then you can dance until 9pm to the sounds of some of the best musicians from our region and beyond at our mini music festival. Acts include Soul Side and X Factor stars Mia and the Moon.
Although plenty of parking will be available, we will do everything we can to make cycling to the event a genuine option. The Showground itself is situated along the Avon Cycleway that connects areas in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset. The show organisers have been working closely with leading sustainable travel charity Sustrans who will be attending the show over the two days providing both entertainment and practical advice for visitors who want to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their fitness at the same time. There will also be prizes to be won for anyone who registers with Sustrans and cycles to the event with a star prize of a £500 mountain bike kindly donated by Marin Bikes.
If you would like to book your tickets early and avoid the queues on the day then please visit the website at www.southglosshow.co.uk for details of how you can purchase your show tickets online. See you at the show!"
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