FROM hundreds of flocks of sheep and the flower blooming gardens to Metropolitan Mounted Police, heavy duty horses and Royalty! The 2016 New Forest and Hampshire County Show open its doors to thousands of agriculture and nature loving visitors from Tuesday to Thursday.

The popular event attracted a record high of 105,000 visitors last year and numbers this year could even top that.

The tens of thousands of spectators expected to descend on Brockenhurst next week will include Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is president of this year's show and patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations.

Visitors will be able to see almost 40 different breeds of sheep, including the Valais Blacknose from Germany and the Roussin from France.

Sixteen pairs of heavy horses will perform in the world famous Heavy Horse Musical Drive and Longdown Activity Farm will give visitors a chance to interact with a variety of farmyard animals.

Top chefs will demonstrate their prowess in the cooking theatre and enjoy displays of fine wood craftmanship.

Witness the daily attempt to break the world record for the Most Wellington Boots Thrown Simultaneously, enjoy craft demonstrations and indulge in traditional live music.

The children's area will offer circus workshops, Nasira belly dancers, The Sing Now Choir and more.