Calling all Countryfiles! BBC One’s Countryfile, the TV programme showcasing people, stories and places relating to the British countryside, comes to life at BBC Countryfile Live, a four day event representing all that the glorious British countryside has to offer. Held at the grand grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, BBC Countryfile Live is a great summer day out where there’s something for every member of the family and every attendee.
With so much to see and do, we’ve narrowed down the highlights. First make note of the main stage; this is where fans of the programme will be able to see the presenters of the show interview each other. Sat on a hay bale you’ll get close to your favourite Countryfile stars as they share behind the scenes secrets of the show. The Dog Lovers’ arena is another feature of note, where there’ll be a schedule full of demonstrations, shows, performances and competitions. When you’re peckish, head to The Graze Inn where you’ll find eight artisanal traders selling their wares and be able to enjoy lunch with drinks with poetry and/or live music in the background. In the National Trust Farmyard Cookery Theatre, see expert chefs do live demonstrations and teach visitors all about seasonal foods, featuring Melissa Hemsley, Saliha Mahmood Ahmed and Tom Herbert. Finally, take a Riverside Walk with the Environment Agency along the River Glyme, learning about the local wildlife, how the river works, and digging up and picking up plastics from the river.
The perfect location to represent some of the beauty of the British countryside, Blenheim Palace is an 18th century palace now used for weddings, filming locations and events. It’s the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and has a fascinating history full of secrets just waiting to be uncovered.
1 – 4 August.
Thursday – Saturday, 9:30 – 18:30.
Sunday, 9:30 – 17:30.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
Adult tickets cost £31.90, child tickets (5-16 years) cost £15.95, family plus tickets (two adults and two children) cost £79.75. Children under five go free. Book via countryfilelivebp.seetickets.com