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Children will be spoilt for choice at this year’s Lincolnshire Show with a special aviation themed treasure hunt, educational challenges, cookery classes and mini tank driving which will all feature at the popular annual event.
Taking place on 20 and 21 June at the Lincolnshire Showground, and with the theme RAF100, the Show will have a large aviation focus in celebration of the end of WW1 and the RAF Centenary, and is expected to be the biggest and best yet with an estimated 60,000 people visiting in total.
Of that number, around 6,000 are local schoolchildren, who attend to take part in the Schools’ Challenge, enjoy livestock and machinery tours or to explore the huge amount of educational activities available at the Lincolnshire Show.
Children will be able to have a go at fun activities in the Discovery Zone, including a Laser Qube which is new for 2018, an inflatable football goal provided by Lincoln City FC and an adventurous climbing wall provided by Lincolnshire Scouts. Youngsters will also be treated to adrenaline racing displays in the Countryside Ring and can explore Lincolnshire’s rich aviation history in the Aviation Zone.
Jayne Southall, CEO of Lincolnshire Showground, said: “Attracting children and families to the Lincolnshire Show is hugely important to us and many of the areas are tailored around them, including new activities in the Discovery Zone, interactive displays in the Aviation Zone and exciting new topics in the Schools’ Challenge. It’s guaranteed to be a great family day out.
“We are really excited about this year’s activities in the Discovery Zone especially as children can get active and energetic with Active Lincolnshire, head to the Aviation Zone to see real-life cockpits and try mini tank driving and not forgetting the RAF Falcons display in the Main Ring which is going to be truly amazing to watch.”
The Lincolnshire Show’s Schools’ Challenge, which started in 1991, is being organised by the EBP in partnership with the Lincolnshire Showground this year and will take place in the Exibition Hall.
The challenge, which opened at the beginning of the year, is open to primary, secondary and special schools in Greater Lincolnshire and invites students to submit work, based around a chosen challenge.
This year there are ten challenges to choose from with a focus on inspiring young peolple to gain a better understanding of Lincolnshires rich agricultural history, focussing on food, farming, sustainability and aviation heritage.
Jayne added: “As the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, the Lincolnshire Show gives us a great platform to showcase all of the educational opportunities available in food and farming. It also allows us to demonstrate some of the hard work that we do throughout the year to support and educate children about Lincolnshire’s heritage by encouraging them to get stuck in and learn about agriculture and local produce through interactive and exciting challenges. The Schools’ Challenge is the perfect initiative for school children to get involved in, and it is incredibly rewarding when children get to present their ideas on Show days.
“We are incredibly passionate about providing children with the best experience and we want to make it a day to remember for everyone!”
Additional family highlights at this year’s Show include exciting animal displays, daring stunts and lively music in the Main Ring, as well as live cookery demonstrations from top local chefs and producers in The Lincolnshire Kitchen.
Visitors can also explore 600 trade stands offering everything from clothes, jewellery and shoes to cars, lawnmowers and hot tubs as well as take home beautiful floral displays from the flower show.
Advanced tickets are £20 for adults, £17 for 17 to 22-year-olds, children are £6 and under-fives go free. Family tickets, admitting two adults and up to three children are priced at £42. Car parking is free on both days.