Banbury & District Show, Main Arena, Spiceball Park, Banbury. Thanks to our team who helped, Aaron Taylor, Ian Fleming, Darren Hillman, Pete Haynes, Gary Sharpe and Pete Emms. And a special thanks to the Banbury Town Council for inviting us to be part of this annual event.
Banbury and District Show was a great day out for animal lovers, thrill seekers and budding artists. The free-to-enter all-day event in Spiceball Park provided plenty of entertainment with two fields full of things to see and do.
Two arenas hosted full programmes of exciting action and the crowds turned out in their thousands to soak up the atmosphere.
Motorcycle daredevils Stunt Mania, a mother and son act performed death-defying tricks on two wheels in the main arena. Thrill seekers were amazed by motorbike stunt riders who defied fire, gravity, and other dangers.
Animal lovers were spoiled for choice with a team of display horses including the steed seen in TVs Poldark plus dogs and ferrets. The Poldark horse was one of the Atkinson Liberty Horses who performed two high class routines in the main arena. The Banbury Cross Flyball Club demonstrated the skills of their dogs who raced over hurdles, pressed handles and carried tennis balls. A fun dog show organised by the Up ‘n’ Over Dog Club gave local owners the chance to show off their pets. Ferret racing also attracted large crowds.
New to the show this year was the Banbury Art Fest at which 35 artists celebrated all that’s good about local arts and crafts, visitors watched potters, painters and weavers at work and bought their products. The artists talked about how they got started, who influenced them, and how they developed their own styles.
The second arena featured music, dancing and drama.
On stage were the Implexa Dance Company, the Danielle Buick Academy of Theatre Arts, Joanne Mills School of Dance, Kaleidoscope Theatre College, Banbury Dance Classes, Sharon Green Dance School and Stagecoach Performing Arts.
Around the park, stalls and sideshows included inflatables, go karts, climbing wall, falconry, derby hoppers, dash ‘n’ grab, charity stalls, trade stands, plus food and drink outlets including a beer tent. A fun fair provided rides for children and adults.