Presenters from the BBC’s Countryfile climbed into a sixteen foot “haystack” this week at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, to launch the first ever Countryfile Live which is set to bring the best of the Great British countryside to the stunning stately home and grounds from 4th-7th August 2016.
Matt Baker, John Craven, Adam Henson, Anita Rani, Ellie Harrison and Tom Heap were all out in force to launch Countryfile Live which is set to be one of the country’s biggest outdoor events.
“I’ve been involved in the show for a quarter of a century, and we’ve never done anything like this before! You can meet the presenters, see hundreds of stalls, and have a go at lots of things. It’ll be a country show like no other” – John Craven
2016 has seen the popular BBC One show reach its highest ever ratings of 8.7 million viewers, making it one of the most popular programmes on British television and affirming the British public’s appetite for all things rural.
Countryfile Live will be a truly unique event in the picturesque grounds of Blenheim Palace, combining the tradition of the UK’s best county fairs with stars from the show across four extraordinary days, perfect for all the family (and our four legged friends!) The heart of the event will be a spectacular live show in the 4,000 capacity Countryfile Live Main Arena. Throughout the day, each show will be a celebration of the very best that rural Britain has to offer, focusing on Britain’s love of farming.
There will be further fun for all the family with activities including presenter Adam Henson bringing his farm to Blenheim Palace giving the public the chance to meet some rare breeds, farm livestock and much loved animals they have seen on screen while The National Trust theatre will play host to an inspiring and thought-provoking programme of debates, talks and panels, all focused on countryside issues and The Village Green will be complete with bandstand and traditional maypole – the perfect setting for live, family entertainment such as, Tug-of-War, Morris dancing, Punch-and-Judy, village cricket, a vintage Funfair and the ever-popular village fete.
“It was great to see the Countryfile presenters really having fun at the photo shoot at Blenheim. Bringing the programme to a live audience in such a spectacular setting is a really exciting prospect and it was made all the more so at today’s shoot. It’s great to be able to launch the event in such an inspired and enjoyable way!” – Bill Lyons, Executive Editor of Countryfile
Countryfile Live will also play host to over 500 exhibitors. Visitors will be treated to a huge choice of shops on an unprecedented scale, from independent food and craft producers to major luxury brands, hundreds of the nation’s best craftsmen and women will be in attendance, providing thousands of options for the public to find the perfect take home item.
The event is sponsored by investment management firm Quilter Cheviot and is being staged in association with the National Trust.
BBC Countryfile Live takes place from 4th-7th August 2016 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Full show information and tickets are available now from www.countryfilelive.com