BT to spark inspiration with innovative tech at the Suffolk Show

Hot on the heels of it’s very successful British Science Week (11 – 15 March), BT has announced it will be joining the Suffolk Show for a second year with its innovative BT sponsored Marquee for visitors to explore. The popular exhibit will offer Suffolk Show visitors a chance to explore cutting-edge technology and have a go at free, interactive activities and games that all ages will enjoy.

The BT Marquee at the Suffolk Show will give an insight into the ground-breaking research that’s underway at Adastral Park – an exciting cluster of high-tech telecommunication and technology companies. BT and some of the Innovation Martlesham companies will showcase 5G mobile and its benefits, the future of TV, and the “internet of things”. There will be the popular Beebot activities in the BT classroom, as well as new tech challenges such as designing an App interface and a family friendly video game “Lost Words: Beyond the Page”.

The exhibit aims to inspire young Suffolk Show visitors with technology and innovation, and to encourage the next generation into STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Bee Kemball, Suffolk Show director, said: “The BT Marquee was a popular addition to the Suffolk Show last year so we’re pleased to welcome them back again with even more activities and amazing tech. BT has a fantastic facility here in Suffolk so it will be great for Show visitors to learn more about some of the state-of-the-art, pioneering work that’s going on there and to feel inspired by the world of STEM.”

Lisa Perkins, Adastral Park & Research Realisation Director, said: “It was a delight to be at the Suffolk Show last year, and we were buoyed by the positive response. We are very much looking forward to exhibiting again this year and we aim to delight the public with a different selection of technology, all handpicked from the cutting-edge research that we do at Suffolk’s Adastral Park.”

The Suffolk Show App will also be available to download again this year with a fully interactive map, ring timetables, public transport timetables and trade stand information to help visitors plan their day out. The App will once again have a fun Treasure Trail, with prizes to be won, which will give visitors a greater insight behind some of the Show’s attractions. The 2019 App will be available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play from Monday 13 May and visitors are encouraged to download before travelling to the Show.

The Suffolk Show is run and managed by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. As a charity, the SAA’s core purpose is to promote the importance of food, farming and the countryside to the economy and character of Suffolk through the Suffolk Show itself and a series of education programmes aimed at young people in schools and colleges.

Tickets for this year’s Suffolk Show are now on sale at the same price as 2018. Visitors can save £5 per ticket by purchasing in advance, advanced tickets cost £23 while children aged under 15 will once again receive free entry. For more information and to book tickets visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01473 707117