CANCEL YOUR WEEKEND PLANS and head to the Berkshire Show: It's the Year of the Llama

CANCEL YOUR WEEKEND PLANS and head to the Berkshire Show: It’s the Year of the Llama

It’s the perfect time to revel in the last remnants of nice weather in the countryside and meet our furry camelid friends (llamas).

So here’s our guide to British Llama Society‘s Year of the Llama and bonus highlights to help you escape the city at the Royal County of Berkshire Show.

Royal County of Berkshire Show | Newbury Showground | 21-22 September | 8am-6pm | Online tickets: £17 (adult) / £14 (conc) / £1 (child)

The Royal County of Berkshire Show is a great chance to see animals, shop til you drop and for city dwellers to understand the countryside.

We’ve picked some highlights from this year’s show below…

1. Llama Egg and Spoon Race

Photo by Caroline Champion (British Llama Society) – Catanger Llamas

As part of a fun Sunday programme of llama themed events you can see the competitions for Best Turned Out Llama, Most Handsome Male and Prettiest Female Llama and of course the unmissable Egg and Spoon Race (pictured above) and Obstacle Competition.

2. Extreme Bike Battle Show

High-flying bike show from the UK’s premier show should keep kids and kids at heart amused.

3. The Sheep Show

Meet unusual and typical members of the sheep family like Belinda, a Blueface Leicester in this fun and informative show.

4. A Taste of Japan

A great chance to discover the wonders of Japan including tea, bonsai trees and sushi.

5. Gin Marquee

Experts Paul Jackson and David Marklew will choose the first ever winner of the new Artisan Gin Competition at the show. And don’t forget to try some exquisite gins in this marquee!

Can’t make the show? Here’s 3 more places to meet llamas and alpacas…

Llama Park – Ashdown Forest

Heaven for llama lovers, this sanctuary for our toothy friends is the ultimate llama experience in the UK.

Mudchute Farm

A unexpectedly beautiful piece of countryside in East London. Pretty goats too and a lovely cafe!

Hounslow Urban Farm

A west London haven for people to commune with animals including snakes, alpacas and fancy rats.


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