It seems like just yesterday that we started preparing for the largest event in the Cornish calendar, the Royal Cornwall Show. Now another year has been and gone and as we bid farewell to the early morning starts, muddy fields and aroma of animal manure, we take a look back on our time at this year’s event.

Wednesday

Today was the day, what months of planning came down to, and of course it wouldn’t be the same without a good downpour whilst we loaded the van up to its hinges. Full of gazebos, animal enclosures, cuddly toys and even a giant deckchair, we made our way over to the showground to begin the almighty set up.

Our theme this year was focused around our 50th anniversary which fell on May 26th. This is a huge milestone for us, one which of course we’ll be celebrating all year! Find out more about what’s going on here.

To keep the fun going, we brought some of our 50th themed stuff to the show, including badges, kids’ visions for the future of the zoo, themed colouring sheets and of course our beautifully jazzy giant deckchair.

Along with this we included a brand new educational game called ‘Play Your Animals Right’, which can be completed solo or as a challenge with friends and family. Guests have to decide whether the population of one animal species is higher or lower than the next… we could feel the family feuds brewing!

Thursday

So here goes! We all met at the showground, fresh-faced and raring to go for the next few days (famous last words). Kettle on and breakfast scoffed, we greeted our first guests to the sound of the Lion King and the Jungle Book!

As the day went on, we were approached to perform a slot in the Countryside Arena, which was great! Managing to dodge the showers, we grabbed our creepy critters and glamourous volunteers and made our way to the arena to give our talk and to showcase some of the mini-beasts we’d brought with us.

All in all, a very successful first day.

Friday

Well, what a day. Storm Miguel well and truly made his mark.

From the stand we looked across the showground to play a short game of spot the visitor. With torrential rain and winds in for the day, we battened down the hatches, or gazebos, so to speak.

Although the weather made for a dreary day, there was some good news - our stand was chosen for not one but two awards! We won third prize in the Countryside Area and a special award for educational content. And as you can see, we were pretty happy about this.

Saturday

Ah the final day. Mixed emotions - sadness that it’s almost over plus joy for the troopers who lasted the full three days. But no time to reflect, as it was clear that today was going to be the busiest.

And busy it was, with badge-making proving to be a massive hit with families; we soon became pros at using the machine – we could probably all do it in our sleep. Our badges, with two designs to choose from, went flying out the stand and eventually sold out! If you didn’t manage to pick up a badge, we still had our sunflower seed giveaway and of course our carnival style spinner game, where you could win one of our amazing animal adoptions.

If you visited our stand this year you would have seen that we brought some new cute and cuddly additions with us; a group of Brazilian guinea pigs... how exotic! Along the latest recruits we also brought our Swinhoe’s striped squirrels, leopard tortoises and a selection of creepy-crawlies.  We hope that you entered our stick insect competition, to see how many stick insects we brought with us. How many did you count?

Then the evening started to draw in, visitors dispersed and the caffeine began to drain out of everyone’s system - this year’s Royal Cornwall Show had come to a close. We gathered the troops for one final time, to take down and pack away everything. Then we bid farewell to stand 811. Until next year…

Quotes Throughly enjoyed our visit to Newquay zoo, there was plenty to see! Quotes