From fizz to robot street theatre - seven reasons to visit Bakewell Show

Bakewell show, judging one of the hunter classes
Bakewell show, judging one of the hunter classes
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Bakewell Show is back today - but its not just about cattle breed judging and jams.

Like many country shows the two-day event has evolved to cater for families and tastes of all kinds - while retaining its animal classes and competitions, as well as the horticulture show.

Bakewell show, cheese judge Alan Salt prepares to begin

Bakewell show, cheese judge Alan Salt prepares to begin

Here are seven of the more unusual activities to try as part of the show at The Showground in Bakewell, which runs until the end of Thursday August 4.

1 - Celebrate all night long

Last year organisers kept the fun going into the evening, and it was such a success that the Apres Show is back tonight,

From 6pm there will be special evening performances and live music, with food available and bars also open late.

Bakewell show, Robert Wain of Matlock washes his Highland Cow which has won at two previous Bakewell Shows

Bakewell show, Robert Wain of Matlock washes his Highland Cow which has won at two previous Bakewell Shows

2 - Go to the beach

The show’s children’s zone includes the Bakewell Beach, a funfair, donkey rides and Punch & Judy shows.

3 - Eat your way around the world

After trialling a new farmers’ market on the Show’s Village Green area in 2015, the market has been expanded this year.

Bakewell show, Jonathan Moseley will be running demonstrations and competitions in the floral marquee on both days

Bakewell show, Jonathan Moseley will be running demonstrations and competitions in the floral marquee on both days

Twenty traders will now inhabit the farmers’ market, which will move location to sit next to the popular food and arming marquee.

This area will become a hub for foodies, who can visit an array of independent food and drink traders in close proximity.

Local traders taking part include the Buxton Cake Company, Barnsley’s Smoking Hot Chillies and True North Brew Co. from Sheffield.

4 - Check out the daredevils: and giant superstar robot

This year’s centre ring attraction is the spectacular Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Stunt team.

The team, made up of 30 volunteer soldiers from the Corps, will perform breathtaking feats of balance, death defying crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics on British Millennium Triumph 750cc motorcycles.

There’s also appearances from larger-than-life Titan the Robot who is back with an unique brand of street theatre. As one of the most in-demand robots in the world and has even been on stage with the likes of Rihanna, appeared on national television and even appeared with global superstars Will Smith, Hugh Jackman and Jackie Chan.

5 - See rare breed ponies

Breeders Yvonne Evans and her daughter Hannah Oliver will bring five of their 14 ponies to Bakewell Show from their base in Clowne.

Modern Eriskay ponies are the last surviving remnants of the original native ponies of the Western Isles of Scotland.

Limited habitat and inbreeding had dangerously imperiled the ponies, which are known for their fine gray coat and diminutive stature. There are now thought to be over 400 but in the 1970s only 20 ponies remained; they are classed as critical by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

6 - Cheer on furry friends in the dog show

Anyone and everyone with a canine friend can enter the companion dog show competition for all the family, which will offer traditional pedigree classes but also novelty classes. Visitors are invited to register to participate on the day.

Prizes awarded will include to the cutest puppy, most handsome dog, the one with the waggiest tail and the one with the best trick.

Proceeds will go to local animal charity Ashbourne Animal Welfare.

7 - Bloom into a flower expert

BBC Big Allotment Challenge judge Jonathan Moseley will be wowing the crowds with expert floral displays and workshops.

The international floral artist will run workshops for both adults and children, as well as staging flower arranging demonstrations.

Jonathan is also leading Bakewell Show’s first florist competition. Local floristry businesses from across Derbyshire and South Yorkshire have been invited to enter the wedding-themed competition; each must display a buttonhole or corsage, a bouquet and a table arrangement.

The competition will be judged by the public.