|May 30, 2011|
Surrey County Show is the largest one day agricultural show in the UK attracting up to 40,000 visitors.
It takes place annually on the late May Bank Holiday Monday on Stoke Park, Guildford, bringing the best of the countryside right to the heart of the town.
The Show is great value: a fantastic day out for the whole family, combining action packed entertainment and fun with the opportunity to see first hand the many aspects of country life and farming. Watch sheep being shorn, enjoy the dramas of the pig ring, taste fresh local food and see chainsaws in action! There is always a warm welcome for children, and scooters are available for people with mobility problems, so no-one in the family need be left out.
The centre of excitement is the Main Arena, where spectators can watch from the comfort of the new covered grandstands as stunt-riders give thrilling displays of derring do, international show jumpers battle it out and the cream of our pedigree cattle and sheep show off their championship rosettes in the great parade. Glittering marching bands provide a stirring spectacle.
Head for the Nightingale Road end of the showground for our Livestock arenas and marquees. Here you can see the great diversity of cattle, sheep and pig breeds from hardy natives to big continentals. They are the farmers’ pride and joy, immaculately turned out for the show ring. You can meet the farmers too and even learn to milk a cow.
The East side of the showground has the new Eco and Forest Areas, the Countryside Arena, new Gardening Show and a Dog Ring where you can watch displays of working and gun dogs and woodland crafts, together with the Companion Dog Show and Donkey Show and the Goat, Poultry and Bee Keeping Marquees.
Surrey is a county of horse riders and horse and pony showing classes are traditionally a popular feature of the show. Their dedicated showing rings are next to the main arena.
Surrey County Show is a Shoppers’ Paradise with 40 acres set aside each year for shopping malls, packed with 350 trade stands selling everything from tractors to wellieboots, sheepskins to oriental spices, fashion clothes to hot tubs and garden furniture. There are two and a half miles of tents and marquees; 71 judges scrutinising everything from 1.5 tonne bulls to hens’ eggs, hand knitted jumper displays and show horses.
The traditional end to the day is the mass launch of hot air balloons – a spectacular finish.
Stoke Park, Guildford