ONE OF Thurrock’s most famous shows is returning next month, offering its annual dose of horticulture, handicraft and hobbies.

One of the oldest one-day country shows in England, the 107th Orsett Show will entice around 12,000 revellers with its intrigue and countless fascinating exhibitors.

Set on the Orsett Showground on Saturday, September 7, the show which is organised and brought together by a 24-strong team, is steeped in history.

It began in 1841, as the Orsett Agricultural Association and Labourers’ Friend Society and was a simple ploughing match.

These days, it is an extravaganza of Great British outdoor tradition. Designed around a grand circle, this year there will be a traditional bakery show, fly fishing demonstrations, a circus skills workshop, a ferret display, demonstrations of wood turning and the famous parades of classic cars and steam engines.

In the grand circle, there will be horse and hounds, a grand parade, Dingle Fingle, Bolddog Lings freestlye team – who will perform mind-boggling stunts – and the Chariots of Fire display team.

On top of that, there are hobby and handicraft stalls, a school marquee, a horticulture marquee – offering prizes for the best grown vegetables, fruits and flowers. There will also be a cattle stand.

And, to quench your thirst and keep you fuelled as you wonder around the 30-acre site, there are a diverse range of food and drink stalls.

Following the success of last year’s food hall, a similar range of local, good quality produce will be on offer.

The show opens at 9am on Saturday, September 7, and closes at 5pm. Tickets can be bought in advance and admission for under-fives is free. There is also on-site parking.

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