Exciting events welcomed in district

Published Monday 15 August 2016

Two major events – an agricultural show and a food and drink festival – are set to provide a welcome boost for the Harborough district.

Around 20,000 people are expected to attend the Leicestershire County Show which takes place on Saturday 27 August 2016 from 8.30am to 5pm. The family event showcases food, farming and agriculture, as well as farm animals, horses and dogs. 

The annual show closed in 2012, due to loss of the site, but has relaunched and relocated to a larger permanent site at The Show Ground, Gallowfields Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7QX. Entry is free for under 14s, and £5 for an adult day-long ticket. Parking is free on site. 

Also, on Sunday 28 August and bank holiday Monday 29 August 2016 the Market Harborough Food and Drink Festival will return to Welland Park, from 11am to 7pm, aiming to showcase the very best of the region’s producers.

Councillor Blake Pain, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “It is a huge boost to have these two events in the district over one exciting weekend.  This district is known for its agriculture and its emerging  local produce offer and these events epitomise that. I hope many people come out and support these events to encourage more of the same in the future.”

County Show organiser James Webb said: “We are proud to be bringing the show back after a long break.  This is a great day out with something for everyone, opening up agriculture and farming to a wider audience. We’re especially pleased to welcome the Royal Navy gun runners, something unique that many people don’t get to see.”

For more information on the County Show visit www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Leicestercountyshow or Twitter via @L_C_S2782016

The Market Harborough Food and Drink Festival is on Twitter via @MHarbFoodFest and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MHarbFoodFest