A life-like baby dinosaur, a pint-sized pony Grand National and crowdpleaser Titan the Robot are among more than 150 activities on offer at this summer's Kent County Show.
The event, held at the Kent Showground in Detling, near Maidstone, will be on Friday, July 7, Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 this year, and is put on by the Kent County Agricultural Society.
Show manager Lucy Hegarty said: “Our job is to balance the more traditional displays alongside some new, unique and contemporary entertainment. This year we have tried to vary the entertainment highlights and give visitors something a little bit different.”
The main Astor Ring will feature the Shetland Pony Grand National on all three days, with young jockeys from eight to 13 entertaining the crowds, and at the same time taking part in the qualifier for the Shetland Pony Grand National at the Olympia Horse Show. The event raises funds for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust. Bob came back from the brink with testicular cancer and went on to win the Grand National in 1981 on Aldaniti.
New this year is a visit by Dexter, a two-year-old baby Tyrannosaurus, a 4m-long life-like part animatronic dinosaur. Visitors will also be able to see the Dinosaur Nursery, with a new-born Tyrannosaurus, a baby Triceratops, and a baby Stegosaurus. If you are lucky you may be able to give them a hug.
Stiltwalkers Mr and Mrs Flora will be walking around the site, covered from head-to-toe in scented flowers.
Another children’s favourite, Tractor Ted will be back for 2017, with his own area where youngsters will be able to play on the Tractor Ted bouncy castle, operate Digger Den, take part in welly wanging and complete a giant puzzle.
Crowdpleaser Titan the Robot, who has built up a cult following, will be back.
There will also be live music each day with the bandstand hosting the Faversham Mission Brass Band on the Friday, the Kent Police Band on the Saturday and the Isle of Sheppey, St John Ambulance Band on the Sunday.
Also new for this year will be the Old Milk Parlour, a display of a vintage dairy where visitors can see how milk was produced from udder to the breakfast table.
Lucy added: “It is important that all of our visitors have a wonderful day out. All over the showground there are pockets of amazing displays, demonstrations and activities where people can join in.”
Also on offer will be the Sheep Show, birds of prey and the dog and duck display in the Countryside and Game area, where there will also be children's pony rides.
Tickets are on sale online at early bird rates of £45 for a family (£50 on the gate). A family ticket is for two adults and two children aged five to 15. Under fives go free and parking is free. Adult tickets are £20.70 in advance (£23 on the gate), a child ticket is £6.30 in advance (£7 on the gate).
The show is open 8am to 6pm, with food stands staying open later. To book and for more details go to kentshowground.co.uk