Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

City slickers guide to Balmoral

You don’t need to have an interest in farming or livestock to visit Balmoral show this week.

City slickers and those with not the remotest interest in what is happening with milk prices, still plan their annual expedition to the three day extravaganza.

A fantastic meeting place for after working hours, or taking a half or full day away from the office, Balmoral offers the best in food and drink.

GOSH Style Centre on the King’s Hall balcony is well worth a visit for all your style and beauty requirements. Come along on Friday in your best attire, and try to win the holiday for two to Italy in the GOSH Best Dressed Competition.

Trade stands both inside and outside the King’s Hall offer everything from tweeds, silks, Italian shoes, boots and designer creations.

Fashions from the well known country wear brands are on sale throughout the showgrounds. Even treat yourself to a pair of Dubarry boots, as worn by Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury last year.

Everything from a simple light up pocket key ring to classic Italian jackets, designer raincoats, household equipment and time saving culinary wares can be found.

Take time out to visit the stands, and sample the treats galore. Discover new holiday venues, new hotels, guest houses and specialised trips.

At Balmoral you can purchase everything from a new mobile phone, a new car, traditional Tupperware, pottery and don’t leave without sampling a Tickety Moo ice cream.

Learn about bee keeping, keep fit and even the Northern Ireland Assembly at their stand.

Hotels, council areas, the Irish Linen Centre and Museum will all have exhibition stands. Find out more about the Guide Dogs Training School, Harper Adams Agricultural College and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Health issues such as diabetes are also covered. For stressed out parents, Balmoral Show thinks of everything and a professional crèche is also on site.

Don’t miss this year’s Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank !

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