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Learn from the experts in The Big Barn sponsored by Kuoni

Join us in our beautiful purpose-built oak-framed Big Barn for a look behind the scenes of some of your favourite BBC TV and Radio programmes. Get comfy on a straw bale to hear the secrets and a few surprises about how some of the BBC’s finest shows are made from the presenters and the programme makers involved.


Meet the stars of Countryfile and your favourites from BBC TV and Radio. Join John, Matt, Adam, Ellie, Anita, Helen, Steve, Sean and Margherita, as well as Jules Hudson and Keeley Donovan from Countryfile Diaries.  Plus there’s Carol Kirkwood from BBC Breakfast, Steve Backshall from Deadly 60,  TV chefs James Martin & Brian Turner, the makers of Blue Planet II, David Attenborough’s favourite cameraman Doug Allan and the teams from Springwatch, Antiques Roadshow and the Archers. Hear how the programmes are made and  find out some of those behind the scenes secrets you’ve always wanted to know.

There will be 6 sessions a day, lasting 40 minutes each, with sessions starting on the hour from 11am (11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm).


The Big Barn is the place to see daily appearances on stage by some of your favourite TV & Radio presenters. There’s the legend that is John Craven who has been a mainstay of the BBC TV schedules for almost 50 years and Matt Baker, who must be the busiest man on TV. They and their celebrity friends such as James Martin and Steve Backshall will be talking about life on, and off, screen with more than a few secrets revealed. Each session you’ll get the chance to ask those burning questions of the presenters and programme makers.

We’ve scoured the BBC archives to show you some of your favourite clips from the television and radio shows; including some you may never have seen or heard before. In our ‘Blue Planet and Beyond’ sessions on Sunday we’ll be showing you amazing photos of the team involved in the filming and some shots from behind the cameras on Blue Planet II when Producer/Director Rachel Butler joins us.

And you won’t want to miss the BBC’s brightest and breeziest weather presenter as Carol Kirkwood celebrates her 20th anniversary on Breakfast TV. She has the best smile on television and some great tales to tell of her television highlights from the last two decades. Helen Skelton is a world record holder and Countryfile presenter all rolled into one; she’ll tell you some of her broadcasting highlights and what makes being part of Sunday night’s best-loved programmes such a great job to have.

If you’ve ever wondered how close you have to get to film a Polar Bear or how cold it is to film underwater in the Arctic, then award winning cameraman Doug Allan is your man. He really is David Attenborough’s favourite cameraman. He’ll be joined by Emmy and Bafta winning sound expert Martyn Harries, who can show you how he makes the sound of a Polar Bear walking across the snow! And you can find out the secret behind Springwatch’s amazing success when the team led by Gillian Burke joins us on stage.

Plus lots more! See below for the full timetable. 


Kuoni incredibly proud to be sponsoring BBC Countryfile Live’s fantastic Big Barn programme for the second year running. As leading travel experts and big countryside enthusiasts, Kuoni love to share their expert advice with our visitors - so this year on they're talking safaris. If you want to know more, come and chat to them at the show.  


Like all Oakwright oak frames, The Big Barn was manufactured using a combination of advanced machinery and skilled craftsmen. This combination of technology and age old craftsmanship is what Oakwrights call their ‘intelligent oak frame’. As well as the Big Barn this year, Oakwrights will design, manufacture and construct around 70 oak frame houses and around 140 Country Buildings.

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