Hatfield House Country Show

To the middle day of the Hatfield House Country Show on Saturday with Sarah and her Dad. Set in the stunning scenery of the Marquess of Salisbury’s historic home, this event was launched in 2005, run again in 2006 but sadly cancelled in 2007 due to foot & mouth. 2008 saw the resurrection of this three day chance for “Town to meet Country” as his Lordship said.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the show before we set out; the Christmas fayre we went to a couple of years ago was less than inspiring.  This, however, was a pleasant change. Not that many stalls trying to sell you tat; quality food stalls from small suppliers (we had burgers from the Marquess’ own Cranborne estate followed by goat’s milk ice cream from Essex. And a good range of events to entertain us:

The National Hawking Show and Richard Savory’s Sheep Show – including dancing sheep!

Owl'll be the opening act then, shall I? Sheep show - shearing Watching like a hawk Sheep show - dancing sheep Hawking about Sheep show - dancing sheep

Meeting 2008 Masterchef Winner James Nathan and tasting his final-winning chocolate pud:

James Nathan makes it look easy James Nathan, Masterchef Winner 2008, cooking up a storm Chocolate sponge cooked by the real Masterchef!

Plus heavy horse racing, steam engines, polo demonstrations, pig and sheep judging, rare breeds and more.  More photos here if you really, really want them!