The Banbury and District Show on Sunday was a great day out for animal lovers, thrill seekers and budding artists.
The free-to-enter all-day event in Spiceball Park provided plenty of entertainment with two fields full of things to see and do.
Two arenas hosted full programmes of exciting action and the crowds turned out in their thousands to soak up the atmosphere.
Animal lovers were spoiled for choice with a team of display horses – including the steed seen in TVs Poldark – plus dogs and ferrets.
The Poldark horse was one of the Atkinson Liberty Horses who performed two high class routines in the main arena.
The Banbury Cross Flyball Club demonstrated the skills of their dogs who raced over hurdles, pressed handles and carried tennis balls.
A fun dog show organised by the Up ‘n’ Over Dog Club gave local owners the chance to show off their pets.
Ferret racing also attracted large crowds.
Thrill seekers were amazed by motorbike stunt riders who defied fire, gravity, and other dangers.
Daredevils Stunt Mania – a mother and son act – performed death-defying tricks on two wheels in the main arena.
New to the show this year was the Banbury Art Fest at which 35 artists celebrated all that’s good about local arts and crafts.
Visitors watched potters, painters and weavers at work – and bought their products.
The artists talked about how they got started, who influenced them, and how they developed their own styles.
The second arena featured music, dancing and drama.
On stage were the Implexa Dance Company, the Danielle Buick Academy of Theatre Arts, Joanne Mills School of Dance, Kaleidoscope Theatre College, Banbury Dance Classes, Sharon Green Dance School and Stagecoach Performing Arts.
Around the park, stalls and sideshows included inflatables, go karts, climbing wall, falconry, derby hoppers, dash ‘n’ grab, charity stalls, trade stands, plus food and drink outlets including a beer tent.
A fun fair provided rides for children and adults.
The Banbury Show is an annual favourite with residents and is organised by Banbury Town Council.
Mayor Cllr Colin Clarke, said: “It was a busy day with lots going on. Estimates put the crowd at more than 10,000. It was the perfect opportunity for families to have a great day out with something on offer for just about everyone. Once again we provided something new. This year it was the Arts Fest. Spiceball Park is a marvellous facility and the perfect place for an event as big as the Banbury and District Show.”