Bucks County Show - Ohh ahh, ooh ahh

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Little Miss A and I went to our first Agricultural Show today - the Bucks County Show.

I was volunteering again with my local NCT branch as we were providing baby changing and breastfeeding facilities for visitors to the Show. I was there a few hours and there was a constant stream of parents using the tent. The feedback was very positive.

I had Little Miss A with me today and it was a bit difficult to contain her in the NCT tent as she just wanted to explore the Show. Once another volunteer came back from her wander, then we got our chance to go and have a look around.

Having not been to a Show like this before, I didn't really know what to expect. I was surprised by just how busy the whole thing was. There were so many different things going on from the stalls to the livestock showing rings.

The NCT tent was near the horse show rings so our first stop was to watch some show-jumping. I used to go horse-riding as a child so I would have been happy to stay in this area all afternoon, but we had to move on as there was so much else to see.

We then found some tractors that the children were allowed to climb onto. So of course, Little Miss A wanted to have a 'drive'! She looks so grown-up in the picture!

It was hard to drag her away from these! We then walked round some of the stalls. Some are informational stalls and some are market stalls. Luckily I didn't have much cash on me so refrained from spending any money!

We then found the Home & Garden Marquee. Lots of handmade crafts, cakes etc. It was interesting to see the 'large' vegetables. Can't believe you can really grow them these size. Are they actually edible when they're this big??

We ran out of time but there was so much more to see and do. However, after another short stint in the NCT tent, it was time to head home. Just as we decided to go, the heavens opened so we waited it out and then headed to the car park. The worst part of the day was trying to get out of the car park. Luckily Little Miss A fell asleep as soon as we got in the car but I was getting increasingly frustrated stuck in a non-moving queue of cars. Eventually we got out and home.

Apart from my petrol to get there (it's only 10 minutes away from us), I didn't spend any money today. Car parking is free. My ticket was provided as I was volunteering with the NCT. It's worth knowing that it's much cheaper to buy tickets online in advance - £11.50 compared to £15 at the gate. Children (5-16 years) are £5 or £6 at the gate. Under 5s are free.

The Show is a really good day out. I hope that we get the opportunity to go again next year so that we can see some of the bits of the Show that we didn't have time to see today.

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