Live updates

Farming Minister to attend Royal Bath & West Show

David Heath. Credit: PA Wire

The Farming Minister David Heath will be at the Royal Bath and West Show, which starts today.

He'll discuss issues like TB and the forthcoming badger cull with farmers. A cull could start as early as Saturday in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Other concerns for agriculture include the Schmallenberg virus and the future of the industry.

Mr Heath will also visit the Orchards and Cider Pavilion.


150th Royal Bath and West Show starts today

Crowds at the Royal Bath and West Show last year. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bovine TB and a difficult year for farming will be among the discussions at the Royal Bath and West Show later.

It's one of the biggest agricultural shows in the country. More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the event in Shepton Mallet.

This year is the 150th show and runs until Saturday.

Last minute preparations on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News West Country
  1. West Country (E)

World record attempt takes some beating

It needed more than 600 eggs for the mix. It had to be baked in an industrial oven. And a forklift was brought in to assemble the all-important parts. But when it came to the crunch, did it all come together?

Watch this video of the military-style operation involved in putting together a Victoria sponge that, it's hoped, will break records.


Minehead bakery to bake world's biggest sponge cake

Trial run of cake bake (and that's just a section!) Credit: Royal Bath and West Show

A bakery in Minehead is hoping to bake the world's biggest sponge cake today.

The five feet wide giant is part of plans by the Royal Bath and West Show to celebrate its 150th anniversary later this month.

It's quite an operation - it needs more than 500 eggs and will have to be assembled in sections.