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Staffordshire attraction adds to fun at County Show
23 Apr 2019
by Rebecca Dutton

Children’s Magic Wand Workshop

A new traditional crafts workshop will feature at this year’s Staffordshire County Show for the first time, organisers have revealed.

Children and adults will have the chance to take part in magic wand making and spoon carving – while sat on a wooden horse created by the professionals.

The new opportunity has been added to the lineup for the half term two day show on May 29 and 30 thanks to nearby attraction Amerton Arts Studio at Amerton Farm.

Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said they’re delighted to be able to add a new feature for all the family to enjoy.

“I saw the sculpting workshop take place elsewhere last year and knew immediately it would be something that the people of Staffordshire and beyond would enjoy,” he said.
“To have a local business and very popular attraction like Amerton Arts Studio on board is a huge boost to our show and the local area.

“We’re very pleased we’ve been able to work together for the first time and are sure there will be plenty of people sitting on the horses and having a go for themselves.

“There are lots of videos online of them in action and it really is remarkable seeing them at work and the way they create such brilliant products.

“I look forward to seeing plenty of people walking around the show with their own beautifully crafted spoons and wands on the show days.”

The event at the County Showground on Weston Road is one of the area’s major occasions on the calendar and is expected to attract more than 65,000 visitors. A huge part of its appeal is the large number of activities on offer across the extensive showground.

Geraint Lloyd from Amerton Arts Studio said: “We differ from most craft companies in that we specialise in running large scale courses for the public rather than demonstrating or selling our own items.

“We run courses in stone carving and greenwood working but by far our most popular courses is children’s magic wand making on shave horses.”

The have a go activities will be £3 a go for the public and you get to keep the spoon or wand you make.

The show programme is packed with other attractions for all the family included in the ticket price, from youngsters who will enjoy the mud kitchen in the Woodfest area to teenagers who will be ringside for the revving engines of the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team.

Whilst the next generation of farmers will be inspired by the first class entries in livestock competitions across the showground and enjoy everything at the heart of the traditional agricultural show.

The event is sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, among others.
Last year organisers recorded the busiest second day of the show ever in the 22 years Richard Williams has been involved. 70,000 people attended in total over two days in 2018.

“We’re hoping the weather holds out and thousands of people once again come along to enjoy this year’s event,” Richard added.

For more information about the show visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk