BBC Countryfile Live 2018: 10 Fun Things to Do at This Year’s Show
BBC Countryfile Live 2018 (2-5 August), Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
BBC Countryfile Live is now in its third year. Each year it attracts thousands of visitors to the grounds of one of Britain’s most magnificent stately homes, Blenheim Palace.
BBC Countryfile Live Presenters
It’s recently welcomed the US President but this week, this fine country estate welcomes BBC Countryfile Live 2018. The show kicks off tomorrow and finishes on Sunday 5 August.
Countryfile Live is one of the best Blenheim Palace events taking place over the summer.
With beautiful weather forecast for the weekend, why not venture out into the Oxfordshire countryside and join the Countryfile presenters for a family day out at this fantastic country show?
BBC Countryfile Live 2018
- Fantastic family day out
- Meet the BBC Countryfile presenters
- Outdoor activities
- Unbeatable shopping
- Meet the animals
- Delicious food and drink
Advance Booking Recommended
What’s Happening at BBC Countryfile Live 2018?
One of the best things about the 2018 BBC Countryfile Live Show is the amazing choice of activities on offer. Active types can go cycling through the grounds of Blenheim Palace on a Gtech eBike. Petrol heads can try off-roading in a Mitsubishi 4x4. Down at the lake, families can have a go at fishing, paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking. Animals lovers can watch the horses and dogs in action and for young children, there are stories and activities in the Famous Five Garden. For food lovers, there’s a smorgasbord of activities to taste at the show. To help you make the most of your day (or weekend), we’ve picked out our top ten favourite things to do.
Watch Live Cooking Demonstrations in the Countryfile Kitchen
Taking the helm in the Countryfile Kitchen this year is much-loved celebrity chef, Brian Turner. He’ll be showing the crowd how to cook a selection of mouth-watering recipes and will be joined by some of his cheffy friends.
Watch the Inaugural British Charcuterie Awards
New to this year’s BBC Countryfile Live, is the British Charcuterie Awards. These important new awards will take place on Thursday 2nd August in the British Charcuterie tent. Watch the panel of celebrity judges in action among the dried sausages and cured meats. Judges include Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith, chefs Angela Hartnett, Adam Handling and Ben Tish, and food writers Xanthe Clay of The Saturday Telegraph and Felicity Cloake of The Guardian.
Eat Pizza While Your Kids Learn to Cook it
Supporting CountryFile Live’s and the National Trust’s aim to engage, entertain and educate younger visitors to the show, DeliVita will be offering Children’s Pizza Classes. Watch your kids make their own pizza creation while you sink your teeth into a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza and contemplate whether to buy one of DeliVita’s award-winning, outdoor pizza ovens.
Meet the Animals on Adam’s Farm
BBC Countryfile viewers know well that presenter, Adam Henson, has his own Farm Park in the Cotswolds. For BBC Countryfile Live 2018, his farm animals will once again make the trip to Blenheim Palace. You can take part in a mock sheep auction, meet the pigs and learn about rare breed and heritage cattle.
Tuck into Delicious Street Food
If you don’t want to bring your own picnic food with you, there’s a great choice of street food vendors at this year’s show. Go on a culinary journey around the world and taste delicious Portuguese barbecue meats, real Italian pizza, gourmet burgers, exotic curries – as well as home favourites including fish and chips, Scotch eggs and traditional full English breakfast.
Picnic on the Village Green
For the perfect lunch spot, head to the Village Green. Spread your picnic blanket out and enjoy live music from the brass band. Watch traditional country entertainment including Morris dancing, Scottish dancing and maypole dancing. After lunch, have a game of croquet with the kids on the croquet lawn.
Browse the Artisan Stalls in the Countryfile Kitchen Marquee
Shop for some of the best British artisan food products in The Countryfile Kitchen Marquee. From cheese and cider, to English wine and handmade chocolates, the food and drink you’ll discover at the show is some of Britain’s finest.
Sip a Pint in the Village Pub
If you’ve worked up a thirst and need to rest your weary feet, stop for a relaxing pint in the Village Pub. Enjoy a pint of real ale, cider or a refreshing juice at The Craven Arms. This year the pub is sponsored by Brakspear. They have been brewing beer in Oxfordshire since 1776. Brakspear remain one of the very few breweries to make beer using the ‘double drop’ brewing system giving Brakspear its unique character.
Have Lunch at the Riverside Club
For the ultimate experience at BBC Countryfile Live, buy membership of the Riverside Club. Tickets give you exclusive access to the club and special perks including complimentary drinks and snacks. Pay extra and lunch in the private members’ waterside pop-up restaurant. On the set menu are dishes of Ruby Red beef or Wessex Saddleback pork created using meat from Piper’s Farm in Devon and seasonal vegetables from Riverford Organic Farm.
Go to the BBC Countryfile Live Summer Party on Saturday
On Saturday night, join the Countryfile presenters at the BBC Countryfile Live 2018 Summer Party. From 6-9pm, you can watch the sun go down while listening to headline act, popular country duo The Shires. The band will be supported by Newton Faulkner and Ferris & Sylvester. With street food and drinks including cider from Sponsor Thatchers Cider, it’s a fun way to end your day.
- Countryfile Live is spread over a large area so make sure you wear comfy shoes as you’ll be doing lots of walking
- Take a picnic blanket with you
- Reusable water bottles can be filled up at the Taptastic Not Plastic bar located on the Village Green
- The show opens at 9.30 and closes at 18.30 (17.30 on Sunday)
- Visitors to Countryfile Live 2018 can save 50% on admission to the Palace, Park and Gardens and receive a free annual pass if you agree to donate your entrance fee to the Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation Charity (Registered charity number 1166164)
- If you do decide to go inside, treat yourself to a Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace
Mr Hendricks says, “BBC Countryfile Live is probably one of the most dog-friendly shows I have ever been to! The Countryfile team tell me you can take a maximum of two dogs with you and you are kindly asked to keep me on a lead”.
Where is Blenheim Palace?
Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire and is a 20-minute journey from the city of Oxford.
BBC Countryfile Live 2018
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP. If you are using a satnav, please use the postcode OX20 1PS.
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