Locals in Oxford are being urged to take a new look at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials which run from September 10-13 this year.

With far more activities than just top quality eventing, organisers are reaching out to locals by advertising on buses for the first time in the event’s history.

Event director, Mandy Hervieu, said: “We want to get more local people to come and experience the event as there is so much to see and do — great shopping, interesting displays and demonstrations and of course top class riders and stunning horses.”

Blenheim attracts upwards of 50,000 people to what is the largest three star event in the UK.

But the horse trials are also in a spectacular location. In May, Blenheim was one of the main locations for the shooting of the new Gulliver’s Travels movie starring Billy Connelly, Catherine Tate and Jack Black.

This year there will be over 175 different shops, classic and sports car displays, plus a childrens’ play area and a wide range of food stalls. Admission is free after 3pm Thursday and Friday afternoons with the shops staying open until 6pm.

For more info and cheaper advanced booking go to www.blenheim-horse.co.uk or phone 0871 7894037.