THIS year is shaping up to be a record one for the New Forest and Hampshire County Show which has received record entries in many of its competition classes.

More than 1,300 sheep have been entered in the sheep section - the largest number since the show stated in 1920.

Organisers say Poultry, Flower Arranging and Bake and Cake sections have all received more entries than ever before.

Show Administrator, Jenny Dolbear, said: “At the very heart of every agricultural show are the livestock and we are extremely proud to have the largest number of sheep entries ever.

"With over 30 different breeds of sheep we are set for great competitions throughout the section. In addition, the livestock section will be welcoming a good number of dairy cattle on Tuesday with beef cattle arriving on Wednesday and Thursday as they all compete to become Supreme Champion.”

The Bake and Cake, now in its third year, has received more than 200 entries. The competition offers a variety of different classes for exhibitors to enter including Cakes, Pastries, Yeast Cookery, Preserves as well as Junior Classes. The Bake and Cake Tent is home to the popular Fun Kitchen cooking workshops, providing free 45 minute cooking workshops for children. Six sessions will be running each day. Spaces can be pre-booked by calling the Show Office on 01590 A622400.

Visitors to the Show can admire the entries and watch the competitions take place during the Show which is taking place on 30th, 31st July and 1st August at New Park, Brockenhurst.