Activity levels are increasing in a normally quiet country lane just outside the village of Slawston. In a little over a week a bustling showground will be welcoming a stream of trailers containing horses, cattle, sheep and goats, whose owners will unload their prized animals and commence grooming ahead of judging at the annual Blaston Show.

Blaston Show attracts exhibitors and spectators from across the region and competition is always hot. An extensive display of livestock will be on show. Sheep shearing remains in the schedule, and the Young Farmers will be vying for success in the fence erecting, stock judging and junior tug of war competitions.

Meanwhile horses and ponies, from the tiniest Shetland to the mighty Shire, will come in front of the judges, as will around 100 dogs of all shapes and sizes, both Kennel Club registered and Heinz 57 varieties.

Record numbers of highly polished classic cars and tractors are also expected, contrasting with the huge modern ‘cutting edge’ farm machinery also on display. The range of vehicles is mind-boggling, and the owners only too happy to chat about their cherished machines.

Terrier racing and tug-of-war competitions are serious crowd pleasers, whilst adding to the mix will be hound parades, donkey rides, rabbits, ferrets and, subject to the weather, birds of prey will fly in the skies above the showground, demonstrating their aerobatic talents.

Also new this year, the Knights of Nottingham will be demonstrating their jousting skills. Alternatively Mini Jeeps will be available to test drive for the more mechanically minded younger members of the family.

Throw in children’s entertainment and diverse shopping outlets, not to mention a wide range of food and drink stands selling everything from burgers to beer, pizza to pies, plus a choice of fresh ice cream vans, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets can be bought online via this website or on the gate. Entrance to the Show costs £20 per car including all occupants. A significant proportion of money raised on the day will be given to local charities primarily, in 2019, Wishes4Kids which grants wishes to children and young people in Leicestershire who are life-limited, have experienced life-changing physical or emotional trauma, or suffered major abuse.