Hairy Bikers rev up for Longleat festival

The Hairy Bikers and TV chef James Martin will be among the highlights at this year’s Longleat Food & Drink Festival (June 23-24).

As well as live cooking masterclasses and book signings, the event will also feature Market Street, with 30 open-air food and drinks stalls, as well as music, classic cars and vintage fairground rides.

Emma, Viscountess Weymouth, will be joining the celebrity chefs on stage to assist with their live food demonstrations and she has developed a special Luxury Afternoon Tea in the Great Hall at Longleat House.

She said: “Food is one of my great passions and to be able to host an entire weekend devoted to the very best local produce as well as tastes from around the world is a dream come true.

“We have done a lot to make this year’s event even more family-friendly and to celebrate everything that’s special about the British summertime.”

All events are included with a group day ticket, including the shows. Groups of 12+ can access an exclusive discount of 30% off day tickets, free coach driver tickets and meal voucher, and free organiser tickets.

• TV presenters Ben Fogle and Kate Humble will join Jean Johansson for another look at life at Longleat in a new series of Animal Park.

Scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One over a three-week block, the new ‘Summer Specials’ series will feature 15 episodes of 45 minutes, offering viewers a peek behind the scenes as Longleat’s keepers and animals prepare for another long hot summer.

In 2017 the Animal Park: Summer Specials series had an average audience of 1.53 million viewers and a 27.1% market share.