Sunday, 31 July 2016

Countryfile Live at Blenheim

BBC #COUNTRYFILE LIVE has announced more details of what to expect from the unique event taking place at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire next month – August 4-7.

There will be four areas dedicated to animals, including the Equine Village and The Dog Arena, plus four areas for food lovers, including the Food Heroes Kitchen, National Trust Cookery Theatre, and the Food Market.

The centerpiece of Countryfile Live will be an arena show 'The Countryfile Calendar' featuring presenters from the programme. Guests will experience the sights, sounds, and the smells of country life as they are taken on a journey through time and the seasons.

For foodies, former Ready, Steady, Cook TV chef Brian Turner will run cookery sessions in the Food Heroes Kitchen, and the National Trust Cookery Theatre will see chefs, including This Morning's Phil Vickery, Iron Chef UK Winner Marcus Bean, and Great British Bake Off Champion John Whaite, showcase produce from National Trust tenant farmers and estates.

Animal highlights include The Sheep Show, Parade of Hounds, The Dog and Duck Show, and falconry and shire horse displays. Farmer Adam Henson is bringing his animals to Countryfile Live. At Adam's Farm, visitors will meet rare breeds and farm livestock.

The National Trust will be hosting debates on current issues affecting rural Britain, and talks by bushcraft expert Ray Mears, BBC Radio 4's Martha Kearney, and writer Will Self.

On the Village Green, there’ll be Tug-of-War, Morris dancing, Punch-and-Judy, a vintage funfair and traditional village fete games.

Thrill-seekers might want to check out the Mitsubishi Motors' 4x4 Challenge, in which they get behind the wheel for some off-road action.

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