MONSTER trucks, racing ponies and birds of prey are arriving just in time for the highly-anticipated Cotswold Show this weekend.

Organisers of the 26th annual show, held at Cirencester Park this coming weekend, have predicted that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

Visitors to this year’s show will be delighted to discover a brand new food festival, featuring more than 100 local food and drink traders. There will also be cookery demonstrations, cake decorating classes and tasting opportunities.

Old favourites will also be returning. These will include the Monster Truck display, the Shetland Pony Grand National and the falconry village.

Especially for this year’s show, BBC’s Countryfile will be filming in the grounds on Saturday, July 5. The team of presenters, including Adam Henson, Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison, will be creating their own village green during the day.

“I very much hope that everyone enjoys this weekend, learns something about the countryside and its way of life and comes back next year to see and enjoy the twenty-seventh Cotswold Show in 2015,” said show chairman Lord Bathurst, who owns Cirencester Park.

There will also be music from The Occasionally Big Band and Last Man Standing plus the Ola Samba Drummers.

Dogs are always invited to the Cotswold Show and can enter fun competitions, with categories such as waggiest tail, junior handler, and several agility shows. The Family Dog Show takes place at 2pm on both days.

Organisers are warning visitors that road works near and in Cirencester will likely affect their journey, and so are urged to allow extra time when making their way to the show.

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