The advent of the British Cider Championships has helped attract a record number of entries for the cider classes at the Royal Bath and West Show, confirming their status as the biggest cider competition in the world.
When entries closed this week, some 560 ciders had been entered, eclipsing last year's record of 530.
The championships will be held during the show which takes place at the Royal Bath and West of England Society's showground near Shepton Mallet from May 28-31.
All styles of cider will be strongly represented, together with all the main cider-growing and making areas, ensuring the inaugural British Cider Championships will be a genuinely national event.
Chief steward Bob Chaplin said the record entry was a reflection both of the prestige of the new championships, and of the industry.