It’s the Royal Isle of Wight County Show on Sunday 30 June – but with 35 acres of activities to choose from, where do you start? The Show’s Chairman, Graham Biss, has put together a ‘Top 10’ to get you going. “Let us entertain you!” says Graham. “All we ask is that you get here early, when the gates open at 9am, so you can pack everything in!”

1. You might have seen them on the telly, but don’t miss the chance to see the Household Cavalry on the Island! They’re performing their famous Musical Ride, so wave a Union Jack and marvel at their skill and showmanship. Time: 11am and 2pm in the Main Ring, sponsored by WightFibre

2. Mooove over to the Village Green and meet three pedigree Guernsey cows from the Briddlesford Lodge Herd. Milking demonstrations: 11.30am, 1.30am and 3.30pm, on the Briddlesford Lodge stand

3. Watch in hay-mazement as teams push giant hay bales over an obstacle course, while they’re squirted by waterpistols! The Big Bale Corporate Challenge is sponsored by Moore Stephens – and all proceeds from the event (and indeed, the entire Show) will go to the Rural Careers Fund, which supports young Islanders who want to learn agricultural skills. Time: 11.30am in the Main Ring

4. Head for the Village Green for traditional – and not so traditional – entertainments. You can see extreme circus performers, listen to a brass band, jig along with the Morris dancers, and relax outside the Village Pub. Time: 9am-5pm

5. Tour the Showground with a free tractor and trailer ride. Then head for the Southern Co-op’s Food Pavilion for a spot of lunch, rounded off by cake in the WI Tent. Time: 10am-5pm

6. Try clay pigeon shooting – the cost is included in your ticket, so you can fire away for free! No pigeons are harmed, just discs of clay. Time: 10am-4pm, in the Country Pursuits area

7. Children can play at being a farmer and lead a calf – but can you get the calf to follow your lead? Time: 1.15pm-1.35pm, Livestock Demo Area
Or have you ever tried herding a pig? There’s a technique to it… but will you bring home the bacon? Time: 2pm-2.30pm, The Pig Ring

8. Trot along to the Equine Area, where children can have a ride on one of Island Riding Centre’s ponies, in return for a small donation. These ponies are so friendly and happy that apparently one of them even smiles! Time: 10am-4pm, the Equine Rings

9. Step back in time and visit the Woodland Area where you can watch craftsmen displaying traditional skills. Ask nicely and they might let you have a go. Time: 10am-5pm Woodland Area

10. Don’t miss the live auction of lambs and pigs, with quickfire patter from auctioneer Charlie Coleman. It’s fascinating to watch – just don’t move a muscle unless you want to take 10 pigs home with you! Time: 3pm (sheep area) and 3.20pm (pigs area)


• A full programme of events will also be provided in your free souvenir programme which will be given to you at the gate. You can still get tickets in advance for a bargain £9 for adults (free for U16s) but hurry!