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Home to one of the largest funfairs in the UK

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Gardeners have grown to love the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park for its relaxed ambience, original back-to-back small gardens and exciting show gardens that indulge a wide cross-section of tastes, budgets and planting preferences. From the latest trends in plants and furniture, to helpful people who can provide guidance on how to grow, train and manage your garden and your horticultural ambitions; the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park has everything you need for your garden to flourish.

The Cheshire Show at Tabley attracted 80,000 visitors in 2009 over two days. Cheshire County Show brings together the many interesting and fascinating aspects of farming and rural life in Cheshire. Visitors and members of the agricultural community come together in an Agricultural Centre marquee, as it explains the journey of food within its theme of 'Plough to Plate'. From live demonstrations of milking cows and feeding calves to butchery demonstrations and ice-cream making, right through to the environmental matters that are considered in food production, the Agricultural Centre is a must see.

 

Royal May Day in Knutsford is an annual event which dates back to 1864. Residents and visitors alike indulge in a parade which takes place right through the streets. Every year the celebration includes the crowning of a new May Queen. During the May Day weekend there is also a funfair run on 'The Heath' (where the crowning of the May Queen occurs). This is said to be one of the largest funfairs in the UK. The modern day festivals still recreate the customs upon which it is based, including unique traditions such as 'sanding' the streets. Specifically, they are decorated with a variety of different colored sands that form pictures and patterns. Tradition has it that King Canute, while fording the River Lily, threw sand from his shoes into the path of a wedding party, wishing the newly-wed as many children as the grains of sand at their feet. The custom can be traced to the late 1600s. May Day in Knutsford earned its 'Royal' title in 1887 courtesy of the then Prince and Princess of Wales and today attracts thousands of visitors every year.

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