Countryfile Live, Blenheim, August 2016

Countryfile Live explored every aspect of the British countryside over four extraordinary days in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

It was a warm, sunny day and we set off, motorhome fully laden to Blenheim Palace to take part in the first Countryfile Live event. It promised to be a busy event.

Steve and Jenny Whitley had organised an ‘Angora Goat Feature’, which comprised of Corrymoor Socks, New Forest Mohair and BAGS & BMM, each with a marquee.

On arrival we set up the marquees, kindly loaned by Corrymoor, there were a few hiccups regarding back of stand space, but these were ironed out.

Our position on Ellie’s Lane, opposite the Central Arena and Craft Marquee was good, we were even next to the Pimms Bar, though that was pricey.

Our stands had lots of interest and visitors we had a plenty. Jo Arnold’s angora kids created lots of interest and David and Jackie Howarth, along with Christine and Malcolm Brown, Jo Beswick, Jackie Andrews and Jo Arnold were able to answer questions and give information, which hopefully will result in some potentially new goat owners and members of the Society.

The show itself was packed with so many events you would need to spend two days there to do it justice. Adam’s Farm was popular, which along with Equine and Dog rings, Countryfile Live Arena had events going on all day. The Big Barn and National Trust Theatre also held interesting talks and debates, which with 600 trade stands, craft marquee, art and photography displays , meant there was a lot of places to visit.

Although costly, all in all we felt our feature was successful in bringing angora goats and mohair to the attention of a wider public.

Frances & Ian

Photos provided by Malcolm and Kathryn Brown

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Countryfile Live Blenheim August 2016