Royal Show takes place on August 8 and 9

A scene from last year's show

A scene from last year's show

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The Royal Manx Show, one of the highlights of the island’s calendar, is to take place on Friday, August 8, and Saturday, August 9, at Knockaloe Farm, Patrick.

It’s an opportunity to see the best in Manx farming and equestrianism, meet friends, and enjoy a fantastic family day out.

There is so much to see: show horses and livestock, show jumping, and a wide variety of stalls and displays.

The Stampede Stunt Company will be back again this year, bringing their new show Gulliver’s Carnival, a thrilling display of trick riding with beautiful Spanish performance horses and stunning costumes.

The Dog and Duck Show will once again be delighting the crowds: Stuart Barnes and his team use trained and untrained sheepdogs to herd ducks, amusing and educating the audience about common dog behaviour issues and how these can be resolved. Top lumberjacks, including Spike Milton, Stihl Timbersports British champion, will be displaying their skills. Some 2,000 athletes take part in Timbersports competitions across four continents. The official Stihl Timbersports Series launched in 1985 in the USA and began in Europe in 2001. Lumberjack sports origins go back to 19th century Australia, where foresters would compete with each other outside work, testing their technique and speed of felling and cutting up trees.

Speed, strength and technical precision are key: top athletes can cleave their axe through a simulated tree trunk in just 14 seconds!

Visit the DEFA marquee to find out more about its diverse work and for agricultural advice; 10 per cent off orders for St John’s Sawmill garden furniture; a fun quiz for the chance to win family membership to the Curraghs Wildlife Park; meet the animal sessions; fishy facts; angling information, or to win tickets to the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival.

Ridgeside Falconry, the largest mobile falconry display team in the country, is once again bringing its spectacular free flying displays to the Royal.

All the hawks are in prime condition to guarantee a fantastic display from these magnificent creatures and their handler.

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