What's On

We are proud to have a huge variety of attractions and things to do at the show. From archery to falconry, live music to lifestyle shopping, there really is something for all the family.
(And yes - there's not just a stunt plane on this page for effect. We do actually have one at the show!)

Hot Off The Press: The Animal Roadshow set to attend Hylands Country Show

The Animal Roadshow was established in 1979 by James, a scientific fellow of the Zoological Society of London, and consists of many “exotic” animals – snakes, spiders, frogs, insects, lizards, etc. – displayed to the public in an extremely entertaining, interesting and professional manner.

James, a TV presenter who has recently completed a 12 week series of Live ‘n’ Deadly and Deadly Days Out with Steve Backshall, is guaranteed to attract large crowds, and keep them entertained throughout the event.

The Animal Roadshow does not bring along mundane and ordinary animals such as goats, rabbits and guinea pigs, but rather ones rarely seen by the public, such as giant snakes, massive rats, huge cockroaches, bizarre mantids, weird hedgehogs, gigantic tarantulas, enormous scorpions etc.

In other words, The Animal Roadshow uses only animals that have the “ooo-aah”, the “wow” and the “urghhhhh” factors!

There is a whole host of arena entertainment on offer at the show. For more details about the exact timings for the main area, or to see bios for those performing, visit the Main Arena page.

Here's an overview of the interactive, entertaining (and sometimes downright dangerous) main ring activities:

  • Falconry
  • Gundog Displays
  • The Ferret Roadshow
  • Geese Herding
  • Sheep Racing
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Dog Shows

Please be aware that not all activities may be happening on both days. Check the schedule for more info.

Music will come courtesy of the region’s most up and coming talent at the show, with young artists from schools around the county on the bill. Musicians include Durban-born Jakob Diest, local singer Lizzie B and a performance from Funky Voices, an 80 strong pop choir.

The full music line-up goes like so:

Saturday 27th July
11:00 Lizzie B
12:00 GHLAS
13:00 Heartaker
14:00 Jakob Diest
15:00 Amy Westney

Sunday 28th July
11:00 Lizzie B
12:00 The Lunar Pilots
13:00 Funky Voices Choir
14:00 Clive Walker
15:00 Jamie Williams

Julie Foster is a highly regarded wild food expert. Her blog offers a wealth of recipes for herbs, mushrooms and edible plants

Broomhills Farm will be selling a range of fresh farm food at the show. Their Gourmet Kitchen will also be serving up hot grub to ravishing visitors.
Tim Elmar from Out On A Wing Falconry landing a bird of prey after an impressive and visual display

Fire hoop jumping from the Essex DTCE Display Team - a dangerous, dare-devil display that is bound to leave you hot under the collar

Jakob Diest (pictured) is one of the unsigned young stars playing at the show

Claudio Bincoletto and Julie Foster head up a team of trained chefs and culinary experts working their magic in the show’s Cookery Demonstration Kitchen. Claudio, a lecturer at Writtle College, is an Italian chef, ethno-botanist and master of wild food who, alongside Julie Foster (better known as “The Suffolk Forager”), will be showing visitors first-hand how to make best use of natural ingredients.

Our Events team are putting the last elements of the cookery demonstration schedule together as we speak - check back here for a full schedule ASAP!

Selling everything from olives to fresh game, spirits to gourmet fudge, the Food & Drink Exhibition is a must-see for any food lover. You'll have the chance to meet with local food producers, try  their goodies and taste the difference from supermarket-bought produce.

There is a real variety of food producers at the show allowing for a whole range of tastes. Here's a quick bio on just two of those producers:

Broomhills Farm
Quality hand-reared beef and lamb
Based in Halstead, Essex

Broomhills Farm is a family business providing top quality beef and lamb.  All their meat is produced on their farm in Pebmarsh, near Halstead and the beef is dry hung for 28 days to ensure excellent quality and flavour. Since 1958, the family have farmed in Pebmarsh, where the cattle and sheep are free to roam.  They are fed on a diet of grass and ceareals which we grow and mill on the farm. 

Candy Carnival Fudge
Quality hand-reared beef and lamb
Based in Colchester, Essex

Candy Carnival is an established family run business, producing a varied selection of gourmet cream and butter fudge. Our delicious range includes traditional flavours, seasonal specialities and fudge with a contemporary twist which will appeal to all ages and tastes.

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Adult £6.00
Concession £5.00
Children £1.50
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