Presenters from the BBC’s Countryfile climbed into a sixteen foot “haystack” at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, to launch the first ever Countryfile Live, which is set to bring the best of the Great British countryside to the stunning stately home and grounds from 4th-7th August 2016.
Matt Baker, John Craven, Adam Henson, Anita Rani, Ellie Harrison and Tom Heap were all out in force to launch the event, which will be staged in association with the National Trust and sponsored by Quilter Cheviot. It is set to be one of the country’s biggest outdoor events.
Countryfile Live will combine the tradition of the UK’s best county fairs with stars from the show across four extraordinary days, perfect for all the family (and our four legged friends!).
2016 has seen Countryfile reach its highest ever ratings of 8.7 million viewers, making it the most popular programme on British television and affirming the British public’s appetite for all things rural.
“We’re opening up Countryfile to the general public and allowing a hands-on experience for all those who watch and love the programme. We hope people will come along and have fun with all the family. It’s a full-on live experience with a bit of a festival vibe,” said presenter, Matt Baker.
Co-presenter Anita Rani continued: “You’ll see everything from agricultural machinery to environmental areas, to food, arts and outdoor pursuits. Anything that is to do with the country will be celebrated in the glorious shadow of beautiful Blenheim Palace.”
At the heart of the event will be a spectacular live show in the 4,000 capacity Countryfile Live Main Arena. Throughout the day, each show will be a celebration of the very best that rural Britain has to offer, focusing on Britain’s love of farming.
“As a conservation charity, the countryside is at the heart of what we do,” said Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust.
“We look after it for the British public and we know people love it. We welcome some 200 million visits to our outdoors places every year so BBC Countryfile Live is a perfect fit for us.
“We’ll be hosting talks and debates in our National Trust Theatre on the value of the countryside and the challenges it faces, like extreme weather, the pressure of development and how to balance the needs of food production with the needs of wildlife and nature.
“We’ll also be celebrating the countryside with a secret woodland adventure playground for children and a cookery theatre where people can try the wonderful produce from our tenant farmers.”
Other event highlights include: the Barn, where you can meet the Countryfile presenters; Adam’s Farm where the public will have the chance to meet some of Adam Henson’s rare breeds, and The Village Green, complete with bandstand and traditional maypole – the perfect setting for live, family entertainment such as, Tug-of-War, Morris dancing, Punch-and-Judy, village cricket, a vintage Funfair and the ever-popular village fete.
In addition, there will also be hundreds of exhibitors and with on-site camping available, Countryfile lovers can even make a weekend out of what will be one of the biggest, and most exciting, outdoor events this year, an experience that the whole family – and its dog – can enjoy.
Full show information and tickets are available now from countryfilelive.com