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Thousands expected for fantastic Claygate Flower and Village Show
A jam-packed afternoon of entertainment returns to Claygate this summer with the biggest variety of offerings to date.
Each year, the Claygate Flower and Village Show treats visitors to vibrant colours, tastes, sounds and a whole host of entertainment and activities, and this year promises much of the same.
Music and dance will feature heavily at the summer event, with infectious rhythms of a Caribbean steel band ready to get the party started alongside a group of Bollywood dancers.
Claygate’s very own Thames Valley Morris Men will return once again and this year may even take part in the Zumba challenge.
Children will be spoilt for choice on the day, with the new Spider Mountain, which lets adventurous youngsters climb up through a maze of spider webs and whizz down a vertical drop slide.
For children with a competitive nature, prizes will be handed out for the most creative costumes after the popular fancy dress parade.
Animals will not miss out on the fun, with exotic creatures and Shetland ponies ready to meet and greet show-goers.
Much like previous years, 1,000 brightly-coloured balloons will be released into the skies in the ever-popular great balloon race, with people taking part hoping theirs will travel the furthest.
Back on the grass at Claygate Recreation Ground, 2,000 exhibits from baking and crafts to flowers and photography will be displayed by villagers and schoolchildren.
And if that was not enough, Kuk Sool Won martial arts displays, a dog show, funfair and a field of classic cars will also form part of the village day.
Barry Fitzpatrick, chairman of the Claygate Flower and Village Show, said: "The Claygate Flower and Village Show is a huge event, attracting around 7,000 people, which is the equivalent of the population of Claygate.
"People come back year after year, as there’s an amazing community spirit and it’s a celebration of all that is brilliant about the village.
"Everyone can take part in a friendly, family atmosphere, and most importantly have lots of fun!"
Claygate Flower and Village Show; Claygate Recreation Ground, Church Road, Claygate; July 19, from 1.30pm; £5, £4 advance, £1 children, under 5s free; tickets available from Johnstons newsagent, Claygate or on the gate, visit claygateflowershow.co.uk.
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