Bucket list = ‘Go to the Lincolnshire County Show’ = completed
I was keen to go to the Lincolnshire show in 2017 as I knew that next year Jamie would be at school and it would be down to his school to take him at some point, I hope! The Lincolnshire show has now been going for 133 years and is one of the UK’s best county shows. It takes place on a Wednesday and a Thursday in June and is a full days experience of everything rural and great that my lovely county has to offer.
At the show there was a huge amount of and varied array of exhibitors. From everything horticultural, to home and garden decor, children’s toys, clothing, gifts, hot tubs and much much more. There was even a carpenter making things to sell on site.
Food and Drink
The choice was vast. From vans selling all sorts of hot and cold delights to large tents with cafes and even the Lincolnshire chef was there with a pop up restaurant. There was a food court with all sorts of yummy food on offer. I particularly loved the converted horse boxes by the main ring selling fizz and gin.
I was at the show with my Mum and my nearly 4 year old to review as a family. The show boasts on it’s website that it’s a fun family day out. They weren’t wrong. We all had a lot of fun, especially Jamie. He was in his element. There were so many things to see and do there that he loves.
Top things Jamie loved to see and do
We had no major issues parking and right by the entrance to where we parked was the first thing Jamie saw on our visit. Steam engines. He was so excited he could hardly contain himself.
Most of them were actually running and one man encouraged Jamie to be lifted up to see the coal fire working and making the engine run. One engine was running so well it looked like it was going to leap forward and out of the site.
Also in this area is the aviation zone with various cockpits that you can donate to look in, including a Lancaster bomber.
#2 Kids zone
Most things are at an additional cost in this area. There is a variety of inflatable delights for the little ones but Jamie was drawn to the traditional fairground.
There was a Helter skelter, Merry go round, Carousel and traditional swings. Jamie wanted to go on the wheel operated merry go round. He picked a Ferrari, expensive tastes. We were expecting him to go on the Helter Skelter countless times at just £1 a go. But he wanted to go and see ‘more old things’.
#4 Country side ring – animals
We briefly watched some hounds out on the Countryside ring but Jamie had already spotted that there may be some owls in this area so off we went in search. Thinking we’d found them via a large gathered crowd we actually came across an enclosure with about 10 tortoises of varying sizes. It was £1 to go in which for Jamie was £1 well spent. He loved it. He ran around so excited stroking every tortoise in sight over and over again. I thought we’d never get him out!
We did eventually find the owls and birds of prey.
#5 A visit to Rand farm
Rand farm is one of our local farms up near Wragby. They had brought some of their animals with them which everyone was allowed to stroke. Mum and I were in love with the kid goats. They were so tiny. Right near the entrance to their area was a pretend goat that you could milk. Could we persuade Jamie away from this goat to look at the real kid ones? Nope! Every time we thought we had him he ran back. He was obsessed.
#6 Wander around the Farmyard area
Here there was an interesting to watch Farriery, Rand farm as mentioned above plus a few tents full of farmyard animals. There was chickens including chicks, cockerels, ducks, bees, sheep and even budgies.
#7 Stroke a LOT of sheep
The show has 4 large farm animal tents. One for sheep, one for pigs and sheep and another 2 for cows and bulls. You are allowed to stroke the animals if you so desire. This is exactly what Jamie did. He must have stroked about 50 sheep. Any he could reach were stroked. We had been in there so long Mum and I had to move him on without even going down the second aisle. It was nice to see which rosettes some of the sheep had won. They all looked a little odd without their wool coats.
We also showed Jamie where and how they judge the animals.
#8 Watch Broke FMX at the main ring
There was so much to see in the Main ring. We watched the Heavy horses and their carts for awhile as they were running behind schedule. Later on we were going to watch the Lincolnshire fire and rescue concert band but the heavens opened. We could still hear them playing in the rain as we emerged from our shelter. That’s professionalism for you.
I was keen for Jamie to see Broke FMX as he loves motorbikes. Broke FMX are two men that do some seriously high stunts on their bikes. Jamie loved it and was squealing with delight at every jump they did. I must admit they were very good. Especially the end finale of a full loop. Very impressive. I believe they have performed at the Lincolnshire for a few years now so hopefully you can catch them there next year.
It wouldn’t be a Lincolnshire show without aeroplanes. My county has a huge amount of RAF bases. Most derived from WWII and are still up and running today. First we were treated to a fly over by a BBMF Spitfire
And then totally unexpected for us came the red arrows. At first we were only really expecting a fly over but they treated us to at least a 15 minute show at the edge of the site. It was fabulous and something we all enjoyed a lot. We didn’t move we were so in awe. As you can see by my photos the weather was rather grey and dismal but it didn’t dampen our spirits.
This has made us even more excited for our trip to RAF Scampton in September for their airshow.
#10 Sit on a tractor
I noticed a few places kids could sit on tractors which is always a fun thing for kids to do.
#11 Small Knights trail
Around Lincoln at the moment they have a Knight’s trail. This is something for us to do on our summer bucket list. They have 36 sculptures to find across the city centre to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest. At the show they had mini versions of the knights for the kids to find. We found a large one and a few small ones by the media centre but other than that we didn’t have time to find anymore.
I also made a Vlog of our day out to the show
The Lincolnshire show is one of the biggest county shows in the country and to see the map of everything there just goes to prove that. I hadn’t downloaded the map before we left home but for £3 I bought a program of events and what’s on which included a very handy map. I am sure you can tell just how handy my map was by how well worn it is below.
The guide itself was great too as it had a schedule of what’s on for both days plus a list of everyone exhibiting at the show.
You can purchase tickets online in advance for a discounted price than on the gate. On the gate in 2017 adults (16+) were charged at £24 each. Under 5’s are free and 5-16 year olds are £7. There were also options for family tickets and membership.
Disclaimer – We received complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for an honest review. All words and photos are my own. I speak my mind honestly.
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