Monday, 15 August 2016

Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

The weekend before last, mum and I made a trip to the beautiful estate of Blenheim Palace for the first ever Countryfile Live.

I sort of got into Countryfile by accident. It just happened to be what was on TV in the evenings when I was making dinner. I still don't go out of my way to watch it, but I usually find it's a good choice for some light evening television while I'm cooking.

I love a day out, especially if it gets me out of the city, so I was really pleased to find that mum had a couple of free tickets thanks to her Sparks card.

We headed up to Blenheim Palace for the Saturday of the show - a gloriously sunny day! The event covered a huge area and was full of activities, displays, exhibitions and stalls, all with a countryside theme. In fact, there was so much going on that we didn't manage to see everything - it was as I was reading the show guide afterwards that I realised just how much we'd missed!

Countryfile Presenters Signs


We started off in the craft area, admiring some of the amazing work on display. If I had a big enough house and garden, I could happily buy all kinds of art and sculptures to fill them!

Woodwork display at Countryfile Live

Craft Tent

There were displays of tractors, from vintage machines to the gigantic modern day vehicles, all being brought to life in a demonstration of haymaking.

Vintage tractor
vintage farm potato sorter
 Blenheim was a beautiful setting for the event and it looked absolutely wonderful in the sunshine, with crowds of happy people of all ages wandering around. I'd love to be going back for the International Horse Trials later this year, but sadly I'm working that weekend :(


Blenheim Palace Countryfile Live
The Waterside at Countryfile Live
 My favourite parts of the event are all the animal features! With a dog ring, an equine ring and Adam's Farm, there were plenty of animals about. I came away from Adam's Farm with a long list of animals I'd like to have in future - better keep working those weekends in order to afford them (and somewhere to keep them)! There were all kinds of cute farm animals, from chicks and sheep to rabbits, pigs, goats and cows. It was possible to go in and pet them all, but that would have involved shoving little kids out of the way and I decided that was probably not a great move! I've had plenty of experience of petting farms as a child so I thought I'd let the children have their turn while I admired the animals from a distance.

Ducks
Goats at Adams Farm
Bull Display at Adam's Farm Countryfile Live


Adam's Farm Suffolk Punch and donkeys

In the main arena was the 'Countryfile Calendar' performance, a show taking the audience through the seasons and life in the country. With circus performers, a herd of sheep and an enthusiastic group of young farmers, it was an action-packed display! Countryfile presenters Rani and Tom also made an appearance.


Cirque Bijou at Countryfile Live
Countryfile LiveRunning sheep

Countryfile Live BMX Display

Countryfile Live BMX Display

Anita Rani and Tom Heap
Countryfile Live Anita Rani and Oxford Young Farmers
 With dogs and horses being my favourite animals, the dog and equine arenas were always going to go down well! We watched a thrilling semi-final of the trials and scurry driving, with some very speedy ponies dashing around.

Scurry drivving

British Scurry and Trials Driving
Shetland Pony Scurry DrivingScurry Driving at countryfile live

Scurry Driving
Scurry Driving The  highlight of the show though for me? Being asked to volunteer with a dog in the Essex Dog Display Team! I was just about to sit down at the side of the ring when one of the handlers came and asked if I'd like to have a go. Luckily I've had a little bit of practice with Saffy at taking a dog round an agility course. They paired me up with a gorgeous little dog called Bella who was utterly perfect as she whizzed round the course not missing a single obstacle! We were the only pair to have a clear round which I was delighted with. Then the professionals took over and showed just how incredibly well trained their dogs are; jumping through fire, chasing down 'bad guys' and leaping over one another.

Essex Dog Display Team
Dog Agility at Countryfile Live

Essex Dog Display Team at Countryfile Live
Overall, it was a fantastic day and I really hope it's on the calendar again next year!

Jennifer
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4 comments

  1. So jealous of you having a go at agility - all of my grumpy terriers over my life have never managed to do more than a single jump! x

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  2. Oh Jenny. This looks like a super fun day!!

    have a lovely day!
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  3. OH MY GOODNESS those goats and ponies! i also love the little felt animals :) really want to try felting! looks like the most lovely day xxx

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  4. Oh this is so cool! I used to go to shows with my Dad when I was little and he took his tractor to exhibit, would love to go to something again now as an adult. The animals look so cute!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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