10 reasons why you should take the family to BBC Countryfile Live this summer
PUBLISHED: 10:30 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 25 July 2017
Thousands of visitors flocked to BBC Countryfile's first live event last year, and following its monumental success it will return to Blenheim Palace this summer, promising to be bigger and better than ever. We pick ten reasons why Countryfile Live is the perfect day out for the whole family
Spot the animals at Adam’s Farm
Adam Henson has a clear passion for rearing and caring for British livestock, and he is bringing his love for farmyard animals to Countryfile Live again this year. One of the largest areas in Blenheim Palace’s beautiful grounds, friendly and rare animals will be in attendance alongside Adam and fellow farmers who will be telling the story of British farming throughout the ages.
Shop until you drop
There are over 550 exhibits and stands at Countryfile Live’s Shopping Village where visitors can pick up gifts, country clothing, home and garden ware, presents for their pets, arts & crafts and locally sourced food and drink, among plenty more. Organisers wanted to ensure those who had time to shop had plenty to do – and the array of shopping opportunities won’t disappoint!
Take a trip on The Lake
The Lake at Blenheim Palace is a stunning setting for families to try their hand at kayaking, coracling or even a spot of fishing. Embrace the peace and quiet of the scenic location and make sure you refrain from too much splashing; it’s freezing if you fall in!
Little ones will love 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4
The National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 will keep children entertained for hours with the array of activities on offer. Kids can enjoy a rolling-race down the hill, climbing the parkland’s many trees, bug hunting and planting their own pots, as well as much more to keep them occupied.
Mouths will water and tummies will be filled!
Traditional burger and hot dog vans won’t be anywhere in sight at Countryfile Live! All the food stalls are curated by the team at Countryfile who wanted to ensure that food and drink is freshly prepared, homemade and utilises the fantastic local catering companies we have in the Cotswolds.
Sink a few pints at the Craven Arms
Claiming to possess the ‘UK’s largest pub garden’, the Craven Arms, named after veteran presenter John Craven, is a delightful spot to relax after exploring the event. There’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy throughout the day in the charming pop-up pub so ensure a visit when you get the chance.
Enjoy a show at the Central Ring
A whole host of activities await visitors at the Central Ring. From working animals showing off their skills, a birds of prey demonstration and herding of Indian Runner Ducks, there are plenty of surprising sights to behold!
Book a seat at a talk or demonstration
Around 2000 guests can enjoy the extensive schedule of talks and demonstrations organised in the Countryfile Theatre and the smaller Quilter Cheviot Theatre and National Trust Theatre. There will be a chance to ask the Countryfile presenters all the questions you’ve been waiting for answers for – as well as enjoying talks on a plethora of topics and a few celebrity appearances.
Belt up for the Mitsubishi Off Road Experience
Make yourself comfortable in the back of a Mitsubishi 4x4 and enjoy a trip round a purpose-built track sampling the thrills and spills of off road driving.
Meet the Countryfile presenters
During the long weekend, the Countryfile presenters will be on hand to meet fans of the programme, answer any questions and generally ensure that attendees have a fantastic time.
We’ve only mentioned a few of the many activities to enjoy at BBC Countryfile Live. To find out more, and to book tickets, visit the website here. The event returns to the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace from Thursday August 3 to Sunday August 6.