Heavy horses will be on display at the county show
Heavy horses will be on display at the county show

The Nottinghamshire County Show returns this weekend to showcase all things countryside.

Livestock will again take centre stage at Newark Showground with the opportunity to see a variety of farm animals close-up.

Majestically turned-out heavy horses and drays will be in a dedicated ring outside the Sir John Eastwood buildings.

Horses will be one of the highlights of this year’s event, with displays by Atkinson Action Horses, which have starred in popular television period dramas such as Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders.

There will be a show jumping competition, mobile outdoor milking parlour, rare breeds and the chance to see gun dogs, birds of prey, giant tortoises, sheep shearing, sheep that dance, and outdoor pursuits.

Young visitors can pet farm animals and hounds from the South Notts Hunt at the 135th show.

The main ring will offer mounted games, the Leicester Tigers Big Boot — where a machine launches a rugby ball high into the sky for children to try to catch — parades of livestock and agricultural machinery through the ages, and much more.

Healthy eating is to be promoted by an 8ft tall fruit and vegetable character called Froojamaflip and cookery demonstrations by, among others, Teresa Bovey, of Thurgarton.

There will be local produce, burger-making demonstrations and a variety of local cheeses, breads and treats to buy.

Young farmers will be lawnmower racing.

More than 100 local producers, traders and food specialists are to showcase their products.

Traffic officers from Highways England will be at the show with live demonstrations and branches of the emergency services and the military will be attending.

Vintage and classic vehicles are a feature of the show together with flower arranging and music.

Admission is £15 on the gate, parking is free.

A bus service links Newark with the showground.

For timetable details, go to the county show website.