TV star Caroline joins showgoers

Romsey Show organisers are hoping that the animals aren’t behaving badly when TV personality, Caroline Quentin, makes a guest appearance at Saturday’s event .

The actress/presenter, who is perhaps best known for her role as Gary’s girlfriend in the sitcom, Men Behaving Badly, will be visiting the show at Broadlands Park as part of filming for a documentary about national parks, one of which is the nearby New Forest.

She will be helping to judge the numerous exhibitors and trade stands in the Food Zone area, which features many New Forest producers, as well as some of Hampshire’s top chefs at work in the in the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Demonstration Theatre.

Caroline will also be touring as many of the show’s other attractions as her busy schedule allows.

In particular, she will be spending time in the Countryside Area, which features demonstrations of falconry, gundog training and fly- casting. New this year is a dog scurry. This is a fun, have-a-go event in which competitors are invited to retrieve a dummy against the clock.

Caroline, who lives in Devon and is married to a farmer, should feel quite at home with all that a traditional agricultural show has to offer, from horses and cattle to alpacas and water buffalo.

Horse power in all its guises is set to thrill main ring spectators as top motorbike rider, Jason Smyth, performs death-defying stunts on two wheels, while the Flying Foxes Side Saddle Display Team will be using the more traditional four legs.

Then there’s the Rockwood Dog Agility display team and music by the Bournemouth Carnival Band as well as a parade of hounds, a display of heavy horses and an exhibition of vintage tractors.

Elsewhere on the showground, there will be nearly 1,000 horses of all shapes and sizes competing for glory in a myriad of competitions plus 200 cattle and around 100 sheep and goats. Highlight of the day is the grand parade of prize-winning livestock when the best animals from each section appear in the main ring.

Around the showground, there’s a ferret and polecat display, an exhibition of working traction engines, the fur and feather tent, a family dog show and Professor Crump – described as an entertainer, stiltwalker, clown and jester all rolled into one.

The “community” is well represented with exhibitions by the WI, Scouts and other local organisations, such as the Romsey Art Group, beekeepers association and the wine makers circle.

People with green fingers can enjoy the dazzling displays staged for the flower arranging competitions and by specialist nurseries featured in the horticultural marquee, while shoppers can browse the 500 plus trade stands offering everything from quad bikes to organic compost.

If you buy your tickets from the Romsey Advertiser offices today (Friday), you can still get a 20 per cent discount.

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