Euston Rural Pastimes set to be a packed day out

A horse and carriage ANL-160526-124636001

A horse and carriage ANL-160526-124636001

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Organisers are preparing for another packed Euston Rural Pastimes country fair, showcasing crafts, animals and country skills.

The annual event, at Euston Park, Euston, on the A1088 between Thetford and Ixworth, takes place from 10am on Sunday, June 12.

It includes three arena rings and many popular returning attractions, but also a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

On the line-up this year are daring horsemanship display team the Devil’s Horsemen, while trials and scurry driving will see a pair of ponies driven around the course at break-neck speed.

A 100-metre ‘street party’ will mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, with ‘partygoers’ invited to take along picnics or enjoy food and refreshments from the many on-site vendors while watching a Mustang air display and soaking up the atmosphere.

On-the-gate tickets cost £10 adults, under 12s £5, under fives free. Dogs are very welcome on the showground. For more information or to buy reduced price advance tickets, go to www.eustonruralpastimes.org.uk.

The Sheep Show is returning again this year to stage entertaining and humorous demonstrations in shearing throughout the day, while there will also be a gun dog scurry, heavy horses, the chance to sail a coracle and displays of classic cars, steam engines, motorcycles, model aircraft and dog shows.

St Genevieve’s Church, at Euston Park, will be hosting a themed flower festival, while there will also be a crafts area with demonstrations and trade stalls.

Chris Fogden, chairman of the organising committee, said: “Euston Rural Pastimes is set to be another packed and entertaining day, raising funds for good causes including St Nicholas Hospice Care and local churches.

“Over the years, we have raised nearly £500,000 for charities.”

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, said: “I would like to thank all the organisers of Euston Rural Pastimes for working hard to ensure the event is bigger and better every year.

“Every person who supports it will also be helping out worthy local causes.”

On-the-gate tickets cost £10 adults, under 12s £5, under fives free. Dogs are very welcome on the showground.

For more information or to buy reduced price advance tickets, go to www.eustonruralpastimes.org.uk.