Tea and twirling teacups at the county show

Vegetable exhibit

Growing up in the rural farmland of Illinois in the American midwest, the annual county fair was a much anticipated event. I have fond memories ofย  elephant ears and caramel apples, riding the thrilling Tilt-A-Whirl, stock car races, farm animal competitions (remember Charlotte’s Web ?), and my favourite: the cooking and crafts tents. The county fair was just plain FUN!

After I moved to England, I was so happy to discover that the county fair/county show was alive and well on this side of the pond (where the whole idea probably originated anyway). Mr. Tea and I have now been to several of these (Egham Royal Show and Royal County of Berkshire Show) and mark our calendar with the dates every year. We arrive promptly at opening time, and try to see and doย  everything we can before early afternoon when the crowds begin to swell.

Come on, let’s go for a walk and I’ll show you around, where you will see:



Hearty food like pasties,


Meat sandwiches



Ice cream trick

and – of course – ice cream!


Cake table

There are cakes to be judged,


Winning Victoria Sponge

and prizes to award.


Miniature flower arrangement

Flowers to evaluate,


Winning dahlias

and more prizes to award!


Greyhound in Need charity

One of the most enjoyable things about county shows are the interesting exhibitors, like Greyhounds in Need, a charity dedicated to the welfare and rescue of greyhounds.


Natural wicker coffins

This was a rather unique exhibitor, a company that manufactures “environmentally friendly biodegradable coffins from sustainable resources”. I think they are beautiful.


National Hedgelaying Society

Yes! Save the hedgerow! The NHLS is committed to conserving hedgerows through traditional skills. Their patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.


How to thatch

I always wondered how a thatched roof is constructed.


The Band of The Brigade of The Gurkhas

There is music,


Horse rider

and animals,


Games booth

and fun, wonderful things for the kiddie winks:





Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy Show


Coconut Shy

Do you know about the Coconut Shy?


Children's cricket game

The ECB Cricket Factory teaches children (and adults) about the sport. (Note to self: Next time, give this one a go. Am hopeless at understanding cricket!)


Pimm's o'clock

But besides this โ†‘, the best part of the county show for me is,


Tea sign




Tea sign




Yorkshire Tea booth




Denise at the Mad Teacup ride

and THIS!!!!!!!!!!

“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”



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  1. Loved visiting the county show with you, Denise! What fun!

  2. Kathleen Bond says:

    That looks like fun! And your post had a picture of “Yorkshire Tea” (my favorite!!).

    • Hi Kathleen, Thanks for dropping in! Yorkshire Tea had a really nice booth set up – with free samples! Yay! There were also lots of tea educational material available so people could learn more about Yorkshire Tea’s ethos, and tea in general.

  3. What a wonderfully varied day! So glad to see there was plenty of tea (and cake).

  4. Wonderful fun! Such a cute teacup ride!! Love it!

  5. Christy Kay says:

    Whhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! (but you do have to explain the Coconut Shy!)

  6. Denise, I think I’d like a county show in England more than I enjoy my local county fair. I don’t eat at a fair anyway, but if I were going to, I’d like the food at your county fair a lot more than the junk offered at mine – a lot of deep-fried nonsense!

    • I hear you. “Fair food” has gone mental – and yes, what’s all this deep-fried stuff about? I recently read about deep-fried butter, deep-fried alligator, deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried brownies, deep-fried Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers (huh?) – and deep-fried cereal. Egads.

  7. The quote at the end so sums it up. Love the same kinds of things you do at the county fair. This coming Saturday I will be at the State Fair judging tea and scones. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday. I don’t think I will be seeing the same things you saw you this fair, but still the atmosphere will be similar I am guessing.

    • I can’t think of a more fun, unique experience than judging tea and scones at a State Fair! I know that you will be very busy, but I do so hope we’ll be able to see some pictures when you get around to blogging about it. Have fun on Saturday!

  8. We always say we are going to a county fair near us and we never get there. So I just hopping across the pond and when with you and Mr. Tea. Thanks for sharing your adventures! xxoo Nancy

  9. Hi Sandi, I love the name “Gold Cup and Saucer parade” ! Where is it you live?

  10. I love your blog is beautiful!:)

    • Hi gloris, Welcome to Tea in England, and thank you very much! I will visit your blog in a day or two. We’re off on a mini-break this bank holiday week-end. ๐Ÿ™‚

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