Suffolk Show Countdown 2018: Suffolk Show’s military zone gears up for action-packed fun

Sarah Chambers

Playing noughts and crosses with a military diver is just one of the many free activities in the Suffolk Show Military Zone. Picture: SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

Playing noughts and crosses with a military diver is just one of the many free activities in the Suffolk Show Military Zone. Picture: SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

This year’s Suffolk Show is set to celebrate its longstanding military associations at one of its most popular annual attractions.

The Suffolk Show Military Discovery Zone is a popular hotspot for all the family. Picture: SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATIONThe Suffolk Show Military Discovery Zone is a popular hotspot for all the family. Picture: SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

Armed forces personnel will be out in force at the action-packed Military Discovery Zone, which will feature everything from noughts and crosses with a submerged military diver to a parachute flight swing.

The RAF Regiment will be hosting demonstrations, including snipers, close combat weapons and armoured fighting vehicles, while RAF Police will be demonstrating their capabilities.

The zone, hosted by 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, includes a host of free attractions for visitors, including a climbing wall, an Apache helicopter cockpit, military dogs, and mud-moving machinery in the ‘Digger Land’ area hosted by the 23 Para Engineers.

Visitors can take a look at military vehicles and machinery, as well as experience a ride in a Red Arrow or Typhoon simulator, or battle against friends and family in the popular Laser Combat Zone.

ities.Show-goers will get a chance to look around a military helicopter at the Suffolk Show Military Zone. Picture: MAJOR JAMES MILNESShow-goers will get a chance to look around a military helicopter at the Suffolk Show Military Zone. Picture: MAJOR JAMES MILNES

Local RAF and Army cadets are also organising a range of interactive activities and teambuilding exercises for visitors to try, and show-goers will be able to find out more about potential careers in the military.

Zone co-ordinator Major James Milnes said: “Servicemen and women all really enjoy meeting people at the Suffolk Show and talking about their roles in the military.

“It’s particularly poignant this year as we recognise 100 years since the end of World War I, and 100 years since the formation of the RAF.”

“We are currently working on a special project with the Lord Lieutenant Clare, Countess of Euston, the Royal British Legion and local schoolchildren to research the 284 war graves in Suffolk, just a small proportion of the more than 10,000 Suffolk people who died in the First World War.”

To find out more about the event on May 30 and 31, or for discounted advance tickets, go to www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01473 707117.

Advance adult tickets are 23, and children under 15 go free.