Excitement mounts as New Forest Show prepares to open

CIRCUS SKILLS: Amy ‘Hooplovin’ does her act at the launch.

CIRCUS SKILLS: Amy ‘Hooplovin’ does her act at the launch.

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IT has always provided visitors with a chance to revel in new experiences – and this year the opportunities on offer are greater than ever.

The theme of the 2014 New Forest and Hampshire County Show, now just ten days away, is Hands On.

Spectators pouring through the gates of New Park, Brockenhurst, can tackle 50 activities they might never have been able to attempt before.

Budding TV presenters can have a go at reading the news – thanks to a BBC studio that will form part of the show for the second year running.

A circus workshop will enable people to try their hand at being a Big Top performer.

Visitors can also get behind the wheel of a Subaru 4x4 and complete a series of manoeuvres on a special course just outside the showground.

Milking a cow, making a scarecrow and holding a dayold chick are among the other activities being arranged.

Daily Echo:

The line-up was revealed at a preview event held at New Park, where the Daily Echo backed show has been based since the 1950s.

This year’s headline act is motorcycle stunt ace Jamie Squibb, 32, who is making his third appearance at the three-day attraction.
Jamie will perform a series of gravity-defying feats as his bike leaps off a ramp and soars more than 30ft into the air.
Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes, will officially launch a new strategy that aims to boost detection rates in the countryside.
Assistant Commissioner Judy Venables said: “When Simon was elected he challenged the Chief Constable to close the gap between the number of crimes solved in urban parts of the
county and the number solved in rural areas, who felt they were the poor relations.
“The rural policing strategy has been in operation for six months and we’ve already seen a narrowing of the gap.”
A raft of improvements have been made to New Park following a visitor survey carried out at last year’s show, which attracted 97,000 spectators.

Show spokesman Susie James said: “We’ve got more toilets, more seating areas and new parking
zones – so no more losing your car at the end of the day.
“This year’s show guide will include an eight-page supplement called Plan Your Day to help people get the most out of their visit.”
Show secretary Denis Dooley said: “It’s going to be a really good show – all the planning has gone extremely well.”

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7:45am Sat 19 Jul 14

Forest Resident says...

Sorry if I don't get 'excited' about the prospect of the New Forest being gridlocked for days, the NPA repeatedly moan like children about a few cyclists but apparently traffic chaos and pollution from New Forest Show is perfectly acceptable?
Sorry if I don't get 'excited' about the prospect of the New Forest being gridlocked for days, the NPA repeatedly moan like children about a few cyclists but apparently traffic chaos and pollution from New Forest Show is perfectly acceptable? Forest Resident
  • Score: 9

9:59am Sat 19 Jul 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

The way it's p*ssing down with rain today I assumed it had already started.
The way it's p*ssing down with rain today I assumed it had already started. MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 1

11:31am Sat 19 Jul 14

Turtlebay says...

The ' New Forest and Hampshire County Show' is only ever going to be a show for Commoners, OAPs and the unemployed because it is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!

The rest of us who would love to go and experience these things will be at WORK!

The duffers that organise it really need to move into top gear and organise it so everyone who lives in the area can go.
The ' New Forest and Hampshire County Show' is only ever going to be a show for Commoners, OAPs and the unemployed because it is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! The rest of us who would love to go and experience these things will be at WORK! The duffers that organise it really need to move into top gear and organise it so everyone who lives in the area can go. Turtlebay
  • Score: 4

12:22pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Turtlebay wrote:
The ' New Forest and Hampshire County Show' is only ever going to be a show for Commoners, OAPs and the unemployed because it is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!

The rest of us who would love to go and experience these things will be at WORK!

The duffers that organise it really need to move into top gear and organise it so everyone who lives in the area can go.
Dont you have holiday's then ?
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: The ' New Forest and Hampshire County Show' is only ever going to be a show for Commoners, OAPs and the unemployed because it is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! The rest of us who would love to go and experience these things will be at WORK! The duffers that organise it really need to move into top gear and organise it so everyone who lives in the area can go.[/p][/quote]Dont you have holiday's then ? Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Sat 19 Jul 14

downfader says...

With the amount of anger the NPA and other groups have shown a few well organised cycle rides you'd expect them to hastily close this show down. After all you can impede people's right to drive through the Forest, or the environmental impact it causes.

They moan about riders "environmental impact" and then allow stall holders to drive all over the Forest then set up petrol generators. As the kids say - epic fail. As we grown ups say - hoist by your own petard, NPA.
With the amount of anger the NPA and other groups have shown a few well organised cycle rides you'd expect them to hastily close this show down. After all you can impede people's right to drive through the Forest, or the environmental impact it causes. They moan about riders "environmental impact" and then allow stall holders to drive all over the Forest then set up petrol generators. As the kids say - epic fail. As we grown ups say - hoist by your own petard, NPA. downfader
  • Score: 5

10:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

Time to turn the tables on the nfnp & organisers me thinks; How about a peaceful protest ride along the main route into the show, just to make a point of course?
Time to turn the tables on the nfnp & organisers me thinks; How about a peaceful protest ride along the main route into the show, just to make a point of course? Solent Soul
  • Score: 2

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