BBC Countryfile Live enjoyed huge visitor numbers over four days earlier this month, with a staggering 125,000 confirmed as attending the inaugural event.
The hotly anticipated live show cemented Countryfile’s reputation as Britain’s most watched factual TV programme with viewing figures peaking at over nine million viewers earlier this year.
As well as the thousands of people who flocked to the show, the four day extravaganza included:
· 10,069 dogs who brought their owners
· Over 10,000 portions of chips sold
· Nearly 5,000 canoe trips made on the water
· 4,990 ice creams devoured
· 3 million steps walked by our staff
· Over 50,000 seats occupied in the Main Arena across the weekend
· 40,000 bottles of water drunk
· Over 750 exhibitors
· All across a site that can fit more than eight Wembley stadiums.
Tim Etchells, Managing Director of show organisers, SME London said: “This event has been two years in the making and a huge amount of hard work has gone into ensuring it brings the best of Britain’s wonderful countryside to life. We were delighted with the success of our first of many Countryfile Live events. The phenomenal visitor numbers we experienced prove there is a real desire for the British public to experience and learn more about the incredible countryside we enjoy in this country – we’ll be back at Blenheim Palace next year, from 3-6 August.
“We’d like to thank all those who came along to enjoy the show as well as all the fantastic involvement from all our exhibitors, ensuring we were able to stage a great day out for all members of the family. We have also received strong support from Quilter Cheviot, our headline sponsors, and the National Trust with whom we have been working in association.
“We knew ticket sales were very positive in the lead up to the event but we were truly blown away by the amount of people who visited us.”