New Forest & Hampshire County Show
We headed to the New Forest and Hampshire County show with a picnic packed, ready for a wonderful, exciting day. This was the 94th year of the show and this event brings people from all over the New Forest and rural Hampshire together to show us what they do. The ‘old time farming’ section was interesting featuring old methods of farming and we learnt how these methods have changed and developed over time.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious ice cream treat.
Delicious homemade cakes in the
‘bake and cake’ tent, where we viewed the winning homemade cakes and biscuits. There was an under 5 year old category and some of the entries looked very professional. We all really enjoyed looking at the bee keepers tent, too.
The ‘Axemen’ were in action in the arena and they put on a spectacular show. Individuals and pairs showed us their skills when splitting and cutting wood both on ground level and high up. The precision was amazing.
Watching the show jumping competitions in the show ring, racing against the clock was really exciting; the speed of the horses was simply breath taking.
Most nights we were treated to fantastic nights of entertainment. One of our favourite shows featured hit songs from the 60’s right up to the present day. We hit the dance floor and danced all night.
It was a glorious day and we took in the spectacular views. We could even see the infamous Needles in the distance on the Isle of Wight. We had packed a picnic which we enjoyed whilst enjoying the seaside views.
A lovely day was spent at Beaulieu and Bucklers Hard, a unique 18th century village where warships for Nelsons navy were built. We wandered through the apple orchard where fruit is picked each autumn and used to make Beaulieu apple juice. Plums were also abundant.
The Maritime museum was well worth the visit. It shows the development of the village, the story of its ships, it’s connection with Nelson, the role of the river in WW11 and the lives of its residents who lived and worked here during the 18-20th centuries. We then enjoyed a boat cruise along the Beaulieu river. This was a tranquil cruise accompanied by commentary revealing its history.
The Beaulieu car museum has over 140 years of motoring history. It was also ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bangs’ 50 years exhibition and we were lucky to see a ‘truly scrumptious’ collection of never-before-seen memorabilia, artwork and props from this classic family favourite film. We stepped inside Coggins garage and viewed Caractacus Potts inventions including the humbug sweet machine. On show was also the original child catcher carriage, never before seen in the UK.
Surprisingly, we also picked the day to visit when the ‘super car’ event was on. It was great to see various top of the range fast cars and they were beautiful machines.
We wandered around the beautiful gardens and around the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey, stopping to watch a bird of prey show. It was wonderful to watch.