Get set for the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show

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The annual Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show returns on Wednesday August 14th and Thursday August 15th for two great days of rural attractions.

Aug 14 and 15 Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show poster 2024

This renowned agricultural event, organised by the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Society, is celebrating 30 years at the Turnpike Showground in Motcombe, so this year promises to be even more special.

Expect a line-up of stunning attractions - livestock parades, agricultural and countryside exhibits, equestrian events, vintage machinery and cars, charming steam engines, live bands, a funfair and many other exciting attractions.

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show horse

As well as an array of rare and unusual sheep and cattle, this year welcomes Joseph’s Amazing Camels to the main arena.  These famous hump-backed beauties have been featured on TV and in films including Disney and Marvel movies.

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show 2

The main ring is also home to pocket-rocket Shetland pony racing, competitive showjumping and the not-to-be-missed Grand Parade of Livestock which showcases the region’s finest farm animals.

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show cow

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show sheep

The Show offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the heart of Dorset’s rural community with a host of countryside activities and sports such as hilarious ferret racing, skilled gun dog demonstrations and magical falconry displays. 

This year, the Heavy Horse Village makes a welcome return where you can witness the majestic beauty of these magnificent creatures adorned in their decorative harnesses as well as see them compete.

One of the most stunning sights at the show is the Horticulture Marquee which welcomes over 1,500 entries including flowers, vegetables and cookery!  Which lemon drizzle cake will you vote for?

There’s a host of fine Dorset food and drink on offer too.  Indulge yourself in locally produced cheese, cake, cider, coffee, flapjacks, gin and so much more.  The Show welcomes dogs on lead and mobility scooters are available for hire on the day.

Family tickets available now at early-bird prices £41 for two adults and two children.  Two-day tickets also available.  Free parking.

For more information and tickets, please visit the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show.

Aug 14 and 15 Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show poster 2024

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