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Past and future meet at Frome Show

THE past will be meeting the future at this year’s Frome Show on Saturday 13th September, with knights jousting on the Village Green at the West Woodlands Showground and Titan the Robot strolling around, meeting visitors to the town’s longest established event.

Topping the Village Green bill, the Knights of the Damned will be giving a breathtaking display of mediaeval jousting in a tournament which begins with fanfares, with the knights then honing their skills by striking the man-shaped target, the quintain, taking part in foot fights with swords, flaming fireballs on chains and quarterstaffs and romantically accepting favours from the ladies and fighting for their honour, before ending their show with the dramatic thundering of hooves as the knights attempt to unhorse each other in the ‘JOUST’.

Then, in complete contrast, Titan the Robot will be strolling around the Showground bringing with him the unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music which has led him to appear on TV shows such as ‘Big Brother’, ‘Daybreak’ and the ‘Gadget Show’ as well at many prestigious events including the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix and the Winter Olympics at Sochi.

Two great reasons to visit the show on Saturday 13th  September, but, as show secretary Brenda Scott points out, there’s much, much more packed into the day’s programme. She said, “If you’re interested in animals you can get up close and personal with owls, see tortoises and llamas, watch the equestrian competitions in the Main Ring or see the entries to the cattle, sheep and goat classes in the Livestock Village.

“If you love food, then the Local and Fine Food Halls will offer you a fabulous choice of traditional, local and more exotic dishes. You’ll be able to buy snacks and lunch from the many catering stands around the Showground and, of course, the Cheese Pavilion will have on display the hundreds of different cheeses and other dairy products which will be entered for the Global Cheese Awards and other competitions – and that’s also where you can pick up some great cookery hints from top chef Jean Christophe Novelli.

“Traditional skills, such as stick carving, spinning and weaving and wood and stone carving will be demonstrated on the approach to the Country Pursuits Area where you can watch gun dogs being put through their paces and have a go at archery.

“And if that’s not enough excitement, there’s all the fun of the fair to enjoy.

“All in all it’s going to be a brilliant day out for the family and you can enjoy it even more by saving money by buying your tickets in advance. They’re available now from local tourist information centres, from Mole Valley Farmers, White Row Country Foods at Beckington, Mells Village Shop and Acres Supply at Corsley, online at or from the show office on the old showground at Fromefield.

“And thanks to the road network at West Woodlands, those who have mobility problems can enjoy the show using either their own wheelchairs and mobility scooters or by hiring a scooter through”

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