Today we went to the East Anglian Game and Country Fair. It is held at the Norfolk Showground, a few miles drive from us. The two day family event is in its 11th year and expects 40,000 visitors – and their dogs!
My husband was a keen shooter. In the past he has been Norfolk Skeet Shooting champion four times, represented the county across various shooting disciplines over 30 times and was runner up in the English Open Skeet Championship where he scored 153/154 losing in a shoot off by one clay target. Today was an opportunity for Adam to share in a bit of his dad’s history.
We had no idea what to expect from the Game and Country Fair or what things would appease the attention span of a toddler. The weather was foul but nevertheless we set off early with good intentions.
Parking was easy and there wasn’t a queue to get in.
Adam wore his backpack reins as he much prefers to walk everywhere. This was a good decision because he got to be closer to all the dogs. The novelty for him being surrounded by dogs eventually wore off after two hours and he stopped going up to each one and shouting whilst signing “dog!”
Adam particularly loved the old engines. Each one he would spend time looking at it, clap and then go on to the next one. We spent a lot of time in this section!
Adam was in toddler heaven. Not only was he surrounded by dogs but also big cars and horses.
The food hall was easy to manoeuvre around with an energetic toddler and we were spoilt for choice.
It was as if Adams excitement couldn’t reach new heights until we came across Stuart Barnes Sheep Dog and Duck display. Adam loves dogs and loves chasing ducks so the idea of a dog chasing ducks was mind blowing to Adam!
After 2 ½ hours of walking non-stop we headed back to the car for the pushchair. Unfortunately our Icandy had a puncture but luckily we still had Adams smaller pushchair in the car.
With Adam sitting down we could take the fair at a slower pace. There were over 350 stands so plenty to keep us occupied.
Even in the pushchair Adam wouldn’t give in to sleep and spent the time waving to anyone and everyone. He did seem disappointed he couldn’t chase the chickens but finally came up close to a cockerel – a sound he hears frequently in our village.
Adam visited more tractors…
…and saw a variety of birds in the falconry village.
We spent over 4 hours at the East Anglian Game and Country Fair and had a great family time. There were plenty of things to keep Adam occupied and when he is older he will be able to participate in more – including the Little Rovers Adam certainly had his eye on!
The English weather certainly didn’t stop us!
Check our other toddler friendly venues in ‘Adventures of Adam around Norfolk’.
Adam was 23 months old.