THOUSANDS of people are expected to make a beeline for Burghley for the world-famous horse trials.
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, one of the largest equestrian events in the country, takes place between August 30 and September 2.
Last year’s event, which marked the 50th anniversary of the popular event, attracted record crowds of 200,000 and organisers are expecting an even bigger turnout as it is anticipated that many of the British Olympic team will bring reserve horses to the event.
Horse trials spokesman Ady Henderson said: “It should be a really great year, particularly as we will hopefully have some gold medal winners there.
“The excitement is really building for the Olympics and I think that will translate into the Burghley Horse Trials.
“We are all keeping one eye on the weather as quite a lot of British eventing trials have had to be cancelled but we do normally have a beautiful September.”
She said advance ticket sales were “on track” and advised people keen to go to the event to get their tickets early.
The competition it-self includes dressage, showjumping and cross country riding, and there are hundreds of trade stands, including the food walk, for all the family to enjoy.
New this year will be a treasure hunt on Sunday morning, which will run until midday.
It is free to take part for children under 12, who must be accompanied by an adult and will receive a prize for every clue they solve. There will also be a new green pavilion, which will showcase a range of eco-friendly products.
Returning are the popular dog agility classes and face painting for children, which are both popular with families.
Tickets in advance are £46 for a four day ticket or £12 on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and £21 on Saturday. Car parking is £8 in advance or £25 for four days.
Advance ticket bookings close at midnight on Friday, August 17. To find out more or to book tickets visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk or call the box office on 01933 304744.
Programmes are available in the Mercury office in Sheep Market, Stamford.