Stallions, clog dancing and cakes star at show

CELEBRATION Last year's Emsworth Show
CELEBRATION Last year's Emsworth Show

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FROM feisty ferrets to victorious Victoria sponges, this year’s Emsworth Show is going to be bigger and quirkier than ever.

The show at Jubilee Recreation Ground off Horndean Road is back on Bank Holiday Monday.

For the first time a free park-and-ride system is in place from the New Christian Church in Thorney Road.

It means a large part of the ground will be free of cars and there will be more space for arena events.

Chairman of the show Daphne Tomsett said: ‘Everyone will be dropped at the showground. It’s great because we will be able to spread out more.

‘There will be more room for people to wander round as it does get a little congested.

‘It’s very popular and we get an average of 6,000 people.

‘The donkey rides will be relocated to the west field, together with the steam train and the dog show.’

The show is organised by Emsworth Horticultural Society and has been going since 1919.

It has been at Jubilee Rec since the 1960s.

There are lots of quirky events, including ferrets racing children.

But Mrs Tomsett’s favourite part is the horticultural show.

She said: ‘There is nothing quite like the smell of the tent.

‘I love it. There’s a wonderful atmosphere.

‘I particularly like all the children’s competitions.

‘They make very funny animals out of strange vegetables.

‘The children’s biscuits are delicious.

‘A lot of people are making Victoria sponges and I’ve noticed some fierce rivalry in that category.’

Another draw is the photography competition which is always of a very high calibre.

The Murray sisters will be performing horsemanship skills on Stallions of Substance.

There will be a falconry display and performances by the Harbour Pipers.

The Devil’s Jumps Clog Dancers and Dragonfly Dance will also entertain the crowds.

The gates open at 10.30am and the official opening by Councillor Paul Buckley, the Mayor of Havant, will be at 12.50pm.

Admission is £3 and children under 12 go free. Go to emsworthshow.org.uk.