Village to celebrate 90th year anniversary event despite widespread roadworks

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The show must go on - Wanborough village event to celebrate 90th year despite roadworks
The show must go on - Wanborough village event to celebrate 90th year despite roadworks

This coming weekend will see Wanborough village putting on its annual show for the 90th time.

The Village and Country Show has been a popular fixture on the village and wider Swindon area's calendar for many, many years but this year visitors will have the added challenge of negotiating roadworks to get there.

The Marsh, Wanborough Road and Pack Hill are all either closed or seeing delays because of construction work in preparation for the New Eastern Villages and Southern Connector Road.

But show organisers are keen to remind people the event is going ahead as planned and a number of steps are being taken to minimise issues

Sue Ripley, Show Chairman said: "We have had many hours of discussions with various people and have implemented a number of new measures at the show field to ensure that visitors are not impacted by delays caused by roadworks and road closures located around the village."

Swindon Advertiser: Wanborough Road
Swindon Advertiser: Wanborough Road

Wanborough Road

The show, like many other big public events, was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak but is hoping that this year it can get back on track.

Sue continued: Wanborough is hugely proud of the village and country show and, after a couple of difficult years with Covid, we are hoping this year's event will be the biggest yet. We are hoping visitors will enjoy the show for many years to come and we really urge the local community to continue to support the show.”

The show, which is organised and run by a committee of local volunteers, is a not-for-profit event, all money raised is used to cover the costs of running the show and any surplus funds are distributed to local organisations and worthy causes.

This year's entertainment is headlined by ‘Pedal Power vs Parkour’ which 'combines the incredible skill, balance and power of a trials rider and the finesse of a parkour athlete.

There will be plenty of free activities to entertain families, including a climbing wall and last man standing. There will also be free-to-enter children’s games in the main arena.

Other attractions include a gun dog display by the talented Nick Gregory, a fairground, a beer tent, and the ever-popular vintage vehicle display which has become a staple of the show over the years.

The event is taking place at Church Meadow, Wanborough, on August 20. The showground opens at 12pm and closes at around 5:30pm.

To find out more about the show, you can visit the show webpage: