Bakewell bonanza

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Roll up, roll up for the greatest show.

And that’s just what they did... in their thousands.

Few places make a better destination for a family outing than Bakewell on show day.

There’s the showground itself, looking beautiful as ever, with surely one of the most picturesque backdrops in England.

Bakewell Show manager Janet Bailey said: “There really is something for everybody.”

The much loved annual event – now in its 183rd year – boasted all the traditional activities.

Of course the animals – cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and more – were there.

But there were cookery demonstrations too, horticultural exhibits, craft displays, and a fleet or two of vintage and classic cars.

Add in cheeses and preserves, bacon butties and a good old fashioned Bakewell tart - alongside the more acquired tastes of bison burgers and squirrel pies - and you can see why so many people flock to the Bakewell Show year in year out.

This year there was even an appearance from the sun.

With the whole showground bathed in sunshine – on and off at least - there was nowhere better to be.

Janet, who has managed the show for 10 years, said: “I’m extremely proud of this one, it has been a corker.

“The numbers yesterday were definitely up on last year. The weather has been perfect - it’s been warm and dry with a bit of a breeze.”

The show continues today and it’s Sheep Day. There are also pigeon and poultry events, a dog show, and plenty of trade stands to browse.

Janet said: “The beach has been extremely popular. Mums and dads can put their feet up in a deck chair while the kids watch Punch and Judy.”

Attractions in the central ring today include the sulky championships - little carriages racing around an obstacle course - as well as shire horses and the Stampede Stunt Team who will perform their Gulliver’s Carnival-themed show at 1.15pm.

Live music will be performed by Bakewell Silver Band and there’s a funfair for the kids and a mini production of Hamlet.

By the end of today, when the show draws to a conclusion, more than 60,000 fun-seeking revellers – young and not so young – are expected to have passed through the gates.

And what a time they will have had.