Organisers SME London confirm that the event will return to Blenheim Palace on the 2nd – 5th August 2018.
09.08.17: BBC Countryfile Live 2017 came to a close last Sunday night in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, having welcomed over 120,000 visitors to the 100 acre site over four action-packed days. The repeat success has allowed organisers to confirm the event for a third year in 2018 from the 2nd-5th August.
The event, a celebration of the BBC television programme, enjoyed huge visitor numbers in the first week of August. It has been confirmed that a staggering 120,000 people attended the second outing of the popular event – not to mention the thousands of dogs they brought with them! Countryfile presenters Matt Baker, John Craven, Anita Rani, Ellie Harrison, Charlotte Smith, Adam Henson and Tom Heap were in attendance across all four days, mingling with fans and getting involved in everything the event had to offer. Anita was spotted on the Village Green with the croquet players, Adam showcasing his rare breeds in Adam’s Farm, whilst John was spied welcoming visitors to the Craven Arms pub garden.
With a host of exciting new attractions for 2017, the show brought together everything there is to cherish about the British countryside. Visitors were treated to four days of live arena shows, hands-on activities, animal displays, debates, food, drink and shopping from over 500 independent retailers and lifestyle brands. The highlight for many was the 2,000 seat Countryfile Theatre show which gave fans unparalleled access to their favourite Countryfile presenters as they took part in countryside quizzes and got a glimpse from behind the lens at what goes into making the UK’s most watched factual television programme.
A cast of thousands, including presenters, exhibitors, performers, volunteers, and even a few farm animals, worked hard to ensure the weekend was one to remember.
Some stats from the event include,
- Over 500 exhibitors
- 11,498 animals on site – from visitors’ dogs, livestock and the wildlife zone creatures
- 956 contributors, speakers, experts and performers
- 20,000 pints pulled in the Craven Arms Pub
- 5,679 canoe trips made on the River Glyme
- 4,400 journeys down the zip line
- 3,200 rotations of the Mitsubishi 4×4 course
- 1,367 visitors climbed a tree and 600 kites were made in the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ area
Tim Etchells, Managing Director of show organisers, SME London said, “We were delighted to welcome over 120,000 visitors to this year’s show. The feedback we have received has been overwhelming, which is testament to the love our visitors have for the BBC Countryfile programme. Our aim with Countryfile Live is to create a unique visitor experience and most importantly a great day out, which we felt the event delivered. We’ve already started working on next year’s show which will run from 2nd – 5th August 2018.”
The event was sponsored by investment management firm Quilter Cheviot and staged in association with the National Trust.
For show information visit www.countryfilelive.com
To catch some of the highlights from this year’s event, tune into Countryfile’s Summer Special this Sunday on BBC One at 6:05pm.
Date: 3rd – 6th August 2017
Location: Blenheim Place, Oxfordshire
Find Countryfile Live on social media at
Use hashtags #countryfilelive, #cfllivelambs, #askcharles and #cfllovedogs to get involved!
About BBC Countryfile. On air every week since 1988, Countryfile is the BBC’s flagship rural affairs programme and has earned a reputation for high quality reporting, stunning photography and some of the most memorable moments on British television.
In 2009 the programme moved from its established Sunday morning slot to the prime time Sunday evening schedule on BBC One. The change proved to be a ratings winner, with audiences peaking at 8 million last year to make Countryfile the most-watched factual programme on any TV channel.
About Quilter Cheviot
Quilter Cheviot, part of Old Mutual Wealth, has built a strong reputation over several hundred years as a respected firm of investment managers. Quilter Cheviot focuses on structuring and managing bespoke portfolios for private clients, professional intermediaries, charities, trusts and pension funds. Throughout our history, our standards and values have remained consistent. Our impartial approach, high standards of personal service, drive to build and preserve the wealth of our clients and a belief in the importance of a robust yet innovative investment process have remained unchanged.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.
For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.
About SME London Ltd. Countryfile Live is produced by SME London Ltd under licence from BBC Worldwide. SME London Ltd is one of the most respected and trusted exhibition organisers in the UK. The team at SME is highly experienced in the launch and management of major consumer exhibitions. The company’s credits include The BBC Good Food Show, London Fashion Week, The British international Motor Show, Art15 London, The House and Garden Fair and The BBC’s Doctor Who Festival.
About Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture boasts over 300 years of history and is a World Heritage Site, surrounded by more than 2000 acres of Capability Brown’s landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens. Not only a singular part of Britain’s history, Blenheim Palace is a living and changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year.
About National Trust. The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does.
Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
More than 20 million people visit every year, and together with 4.7 million members and over 60,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places forever, for everyone.
For more information and ideas for great seasonal days out go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk