Coventry & Warwickshire

Stoneleigh Country and Livestock Show 'to encourage young farmers'

A new show in Warwickshire aims to inform town dwellers about rural life and encourage young farmers, say organisers.

The Stoneleigh Country and Livestock Show on 3 and 4 August will showcase rural activities and industries.

Cliff Bloomfield, one of the organisers, said the countryside was an "alien environment" for some towns people.

"It's just to give them a real idea of what's going on there," he said.

The event will be held at Stoneleigh Park, near Leamington Spa, which hosted the Royal Show for 160 years until 2009. For many years, the show was among the UK's agricultural highlights of the year.

Mr Bloomfield said the new event aimed to focus on current farming as well as its future.

"It's about encouraging young people to stay in and to get interested in farming," he said.

The Country and Livestock Show will include competitions where children and teenagers, including young pig handlers, can show animals they have reared.

The event aims to attract about 8,000 visitors over the two days and includes craft fairs, food stalls and displays of dog training, falconry, horse-riding and shepherding.

It aims to inform people about local meat and animal rearing, aspects of which were "disconnected" from town life, Mr Bloomfield said.

Farm animals featured will include rare and endangered breeds as well as more than 200 pigs and 200 sheep.

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