THOUSANDS of people will visit Knutsford on Monday for one of the north west’s biggest one day shows.

The Warrington Horse Show – which moved to the Tabley estate off Northwich Road last year – is expected to attract close to 8,000 people on the Bank Holiday.

Show chairman Liz Sutton, who runs Delamere Dairy in Knutsford, this week called on the town to support the event.

“It is a great day out for families and not just people who love horses,” she said.

“There are circus skills workshops, a craft fair and farmers’ market as well as an army assault course. It is the perfect way to spend the extra day’s holiday.”

The event is a celebration of all things equestrian with spectacular national and international show jumping competitions as well as extensive showing classes and enthralling displays.

“The level of skill that will be on show can be appreciated by anyone and not just people who regularly enjoy show jumping,” said Liz.

“That said, it has a breadth and variety which will appeal to everyone in the equestrian world.”

The Warrington Horse Show is well established in the equestrian calendar and acts as a qualifier for major competitions such as the Royal International Horse Show.

It is hoped that the event will provide a boost to the Knutsford economy with many people heading into town for a meal or drink as well as staying overnight in local hotels and B&Bs.

On the day there will also be refreshments, a jazz band and donkey rides.

“We chose to move the show to Knutsford last year because Tabley provides such a beautiful setting,” said Liz.

“Despite changing the venue we had one of our most successful shows ever so we are hoping to achieve similar things this year.”

The show opens at 9am and the price per car is £20. Pedestrians and cyclists £7.50.