Quilter Cheviot returns with Countryfile Live this summer
Quilter Cheviot has been named the headline sponsor of the BBC’s Countryfile Live, for the second year running. The spectacular four-day festival celebrates all things rural and brings the BBC’s most-watched factual TV show to life. It attracted more than 125,000 visitors to the majestic grounds of Blenheim Palace last year. This year’s extravaganza will return to the stunning Oxfordshire World Heritage site from 3 to 6 August.
The centrepiece of last year’s festival was a spectacular show in the festival’s main arena telling the story of how farming has transformed our landscape and brought food to our tables for generations. Other festival favourites included modern and vintage farm machinery, sheepdog trials, falconry displays, shire horses and a recreation of Countryfile presenter Adam Henson’s farm.
Why are we supporting Countryfile Live?
We share Countryfile Live’s passion for the craftsmanship, quality and respect for heritage displayed by the local businesses that contribute to Britain’s rural economy. These are also values we hold dear at the core of our centuries-old investment management company. Countryfile Live has also proved to be an excellent opportunity for many different generations of families to come together in celebration of our countryside. We take a generational approach to investment management, protecting and growing the wealth of many generations, so families can enjoy a secure financial future.
David Loudon, Chief Executive of Quilter Cheviot said: “Once again we are thrilled to be part of this festival which celebrates all aspects of our rural landscape. Countryfile Live offers something for the whole family. Britain boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and we are proud to support an event which highlights the importance of agriculture and the countryside to our economy.”
Countryfile Live Main Stage – More information on this exclusive Countryfile Live stage show will be announced in the New Year including all special guest appearances. Seats are limited, so advance booking is a must. Booking opens in the New Year.
Central Ring – The Dog and Duck Show, in which sheep dogs of all breeds will round up their livestock. Herding Indian Runner Ducks will be a sight to behold. Falconry displays featuring the most awe-inspiring birds of prey in action. Eagles, hawks, falcons and owls will take flight above your heads.
Adam’s Farm – You be able to wander in, meet some of the friendliest and rarest animals you’ll know from the programme, and learn more about how farmers care for their livestock. We’ll also be telling the story of British farming through the ages, and both the traditional and modern ways of rearing animals and growing food.
Farming in Action – There’ll be a treat in store for farm machinery fans too. An exhibition of machinery through the ages will tell the story of farming, from the first steam-powered traction engines to the GPS-directed tractors used in today’s precision agriculture. Children are welcome to clamber on board.
Village Green – Here you can spread out your picnic blanket, catch up with friends and enjoy some traditional country entertainment. Morris Dancers will be shaking their bells and kerchiefs, Maypole Dancers will be tying themselves up in giant knots, and you may even discover some quirkier forms of traditional entertainment. Alas, the Blenheim Palace grounds are too flat to roll cheese…
Equine Village – Throughout each day, a series of events will be staged in the Equine Village to entertain you. Watch the fast and furious races in the British Scurry Trials European Championship. And admire the gentle strength of the Shire Horses as they test their pulling power.
Wildlife Zone – Our pop-up nature reserve is buzzing with hints, tips and hands-on help for anyone who wants to learn about or care for the wildlife on our doorsteps. You’ll be able to see working beehives, watch honey being produced and learn how wax candles are made. Discover the tradition of skep-making, build a bug hotel or make a nest-box to take home.
And so much more! To keep up to date with all of the exciting developments you can sign up to the Countryfile Live newsletter here.
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History of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This National Treasure houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe and boasts over 300 years of history to discover.
Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722. It is a truly remarkable venue and should provide the perfect backdrop to Countryfile Live.