A NEW look music festival, a flight simulator, a scarecrow competition and donkey rides for children are among the attractions at the Egham Royal Show taking place on the showground at Whitehall Lane over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The show will be opened by the mayor of Runnymede Cllr Dolsie Clarke at 10am on Saturday, August 25. It also runs on Sunday, September 26.

The music festival will include half hour performances from bands and solo artists based in the area - keeping the stage busy over both days the show is on.

The show will also feature an RAF flight simulator for the first time, sponsored by Aviation Logistics Network.

Donkey rides and a Punch and Judy Show will attract the children, while entries are invited for the scarecrow competition in the horticulture marquee with children and families able to bring their offerings by 9.30am.

Other attractions will be familiar to fans of the show, including the vintage and classic vehicle, the dog shows, craft tent, model tent and livestock marquee enabling children to see cows, sheep, pigs and goats close up.

Entertainment in the Crest Nicholson arena will include the Tigers' Childrens Motorcycle Display team on Saturday, followed by the Jez Avery mountain bike and motorbike stunt team on Sunday, plus Scurry Racing and Alan Greenhalgh's Birds of Prey on both days.

The barn dance on Saturday evening will take place in the Proctor and Gamble Community marquee from 7.30pm with a band and a fish and chip supper. Tickets are £13 adults and £6.50 children.

Tickets for the show are £10 adults, £9 concessions and accompanied children aged 14 or under are free.

Discounted early tickets can be bought at www.eghamroyalshow.org.uk