The Moreton Show (4 Sept)

moretoninmarshshowlogoA real country show from the heart of the Cotswolds

The 2009 Moreton Show is going to be a wonderful event for all the family and one we’re sure you won’t want to miss.

So, round up all your friends and family and come along on Saturday 5th September to enjoy a true Cotswold countryside event like no other.  You’ll quickly discover there’s far more to the Moreton Show than you ever imagined.

The Moreton-in-Marsh Show is a traditional one day Agricultural and Horse Show which is held on the first Saturday in September each year. It is one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the UK and attracts around 18,000 visitors each year.

The Show is held in a parkland setting with no permanent buildings, so is built up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving a true country show atmosphere.

The main attraction at this year’s Show is the extremely popular motorcycle stuntman “The Kangaroo Kid”.  Local act Jive Pony are also performing for the first time at the Moreton Show, with two highly trained free working vaulting horses performing simultaneously in the Attractions Ring.

What you can see at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show
The Moreton Show has all the charm of a traditional country show and offers something for everyone. Competitions are held for horses, cattle (including the National Show of Poll Hereford Cattle), sheep (including the National Show of Cotswold Sheep), goats, poultry, dogs, crafts, flowers and even scarecrows.

A “Field to Plate” display will form part of the new Countryside and Heritage Section at the 2009 Moreton Show which will feature hedging and walling demonstrations, the Land Rover Experience and a digger driver competition.

There are also around 250 trade stands selling everything from farm equipment and gardening gear to designer clothes and toys, as well as a wide selection of food and drink in our Food Retail Marquee.

All of this is complemented by a full day of family entertainment.



  • The Moreton Show aims to promote horses through education and competition. Horses have been an important part of the Moreton Show for many generations.
  • The Moreton Show offers a diverse range of classes in recognition of the many types of horses within the county and is leading the way on the showing circuit.
  • The Moreton Show is renounded for its friendly approach, and offers competitors the chance to qualify for national championships and also the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.
  • We expect to see around 950 entries in the showing classes each year, plus another 100 entries in Show Jumping.



  • Livestock are a vital feature of the Moreton Show.
  • The Moreton Show hosts the National Shows of Poll Hereford Cattle and Cotswold Sheep – the former, although based in the next county, usually attracts entries from as far away as southern Scotland and all over England and Wales; the latter is more locally based but is still likely to produce over 100 entries.
  • These are supported by a full range of classes for Dairy, Dual Purpose and Beef Breeds of cattle and 15 sections of sheep classes, not counting Rare Breeds. Both Dairy and Inspection classes are held for Goats and a new introduction to the Moreton Show for 2009 is a group of 8 classes for Pygmy Goats which will be held in The Countryside & Heritage Area.
  • Poultry are housed in their own large marquee where over 100 classes are staged and some stock is available for sale.

Home & Garden

  • The Home and Garden Section is the one area of the Moreton Show which allows local people of all ages and skill levels to come and display what they have produced with their own hands during the year. At will have the right contacts to help you move your house around or even into a new home.
  • The range of classes includes handicrafts, home cooking, art, photography, floral displays, wines, WI, and an ever-growing and permanently popular children’s section.
  • New for 2009 is a redesigned Floral Displays section, and a brand new children’s class called “Potato In A Pot” where the crop will be weighed during the morning on Show day and there will be prizes for the heaviest yield.
  • There will also be a new trophy for the highest aggregate level of points in the Honey classes.


  • The main attraction at the 2009 Moreton Show is the extremely popular motorcycle stuntman “The Kangaroo Kid”. He will be appearing twice on Show day in the Grand Arena – who knows what he will attempt to jump this year!
  • The Moreton Show also has a dedicated Attractions Arena which over the years has featured such diverse acts as a Wheel of Death, an escapologist, dancing ducks, eagles and vultures, trampolining clowns and marching bands.
  • The Attractions Arena also hosts the Vintage Tractor Parade, an action packed display from the Young Farmers and the ever popular terrier racing.
  • Alongside the Attractions Arena is the Dog Ring which includes both pedigree and non pedigree classes and give you the chance to enter ‘your own best friend’ into the Show, and a smaller display ring which features our ever popular ‘Mix and Mingle’ acts.
  • For 2009 the lead act in the Attraction Arena is Local act Jive Pony who are performing for the first time at the Moreton Show, with two highly trained free working vaulting horses performing simultaneously.

Poultry Show

  • Have you ever seen an Omlet Eglu? (for those of you not in the know it is a ‘funky looking chicken house’ made from recycled polythene!) These days poultry keeping is becoming more and more fashionable and you can find out all about it in our Poultry Tent. There are more and more traditional breeds appearing at the Moreton Show, with more than 100 classes including poultry, banthams, ducks, geese, turkeys, eggs and also junior exhibitors.
  • Best of all if you can provide a good home and have a suitable container to take them home in there will be a limited amount of stock to buy on the day – what could be better than your own very fresh eggs!

Farms and Crops

  • The on-farm competitions organised by the Farms and Crops Committee are at the core of some of the Moreton Show Societies aims and values – the improvement of breeding of livestock and of the standards of farming and farm craft.
  • Competitions run from May to November and range from classes for whole farms to those for green vegetables. There are two principal judging days in mid-June on which there is a mass exchange of judges with another agricultural society and these cover Flocks of Sheep, Dairy and Suckler Herds, Farm Boundaries, Conservation, Farming Competitions, Champion Corn Crops, Pulses, Linseed and Oilseed Rape.
  • New for 2009 is a class for organic farms which has been introduced in recognition of the growing interest in organic farming.

Food Retail Marquee

  • The dedicated food marquee gives visitors the chance to sample and purchase a wide range of food and drink products. Food Retail sponsor Warner Budgens encourages local producers to exhibit in the Food Retail Marquee at the Moreton Show.

The History of the Moreton Show

  • The Moreton-in-Marsh Show was first held in 1949, on the same site it has occupied ever since – part of the Batsford Estate – although it has been much extended over the years.
  • The Moreton Show has involved the local community from the outset and only survives from the support of people from all walks of life willing to sacrifice their time to serve the Show. Its underlying purpose is to improve the standard of farming and farm crafts locally.
  • This zeal for improvement was at the core of the three societies which merged to form the present Moreton Show Society – the Cotswold Agricultural Society, The Moreton Shire Horse Society and the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural Society.
  • The date of the first ever show was fixed for Saturday September 3rd and the show has been held in early September ever since. The Moreton Show has now grown so large that it attracts visitors from all over the country.
  • The Moreton Show was unfortunately cancelled in 2008 following extremely heavy rain which led to unmanageable ground conditions. The majority of the Home & Garden classes were judged in the Redesdale Hall but the Show Society lost £200,000 in revenue from the cancelled Show.
  • This year we are celebrating the Moreton-in-Marsh Show Societies 60th anniversary. This milestone could not have been reached without the help of our numerous volunteers – it is important to remember that the Moreton Show only employs one full time and two part-time members of staff – and it shows just what support we are grateful to receive from our volunteers. Things have certainly changed during these 60 years but not our basic principle of holding a traditional agricultural show.

The Show is held in a parkland setting with no permanent buildings, so it is built up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving a true country show atmosphere.

The main attraction for the 2009 Show is “The Kangaroo Kid”, the popular motorcycle stuntman. What will he be attempting to jump in 2009? Come along and see!

Adult     Child     Car Park     Family
On Show Day     £15.00     £5.00     £5.00     £35.00
In Advance     £12.00     £3.00     £4.00     £28.00
Thereby Saving     £3.00     £2.00     £1.00     £7.00

Dogs are allowed on the showground with fixed leads only. We strongly discourage our visitors from leaving dogs in their vehicles, as the combination of a dog in a hot car can be fatal and we reserve the right to enter any car parked on our showground which contains an animal who is suffering. There are dog watering points throughput the showground.

Where to go:
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show
Batsford Road

Getting there by road

  • The town of Moreton-in-Marsh is located at the junction of two major trunk roads, the A429 Fosseway and the A44 Oxford to Worcester.

Getting there by rail

  • Travel by train with free parking at Charlbury, Kingham and Evesham Stations. For a train timetable click here.
  • On arrival, exit the station gates and turn right, proceeding towards Warner’s Budgens supermarket. Follow the footpath to the main road (approximately 200 yards) and carefully cross the main road to the Showground in Batsford Road.
  • Moreton’s station cafe will be open between 11.00am and 5.30pm so why not enjoy tea on your way home.

Getting there on foot
Walk straight up Moreton High Street towards Budgens supermarket and turn left into Batsford Road. The Showground is down the road on the right.

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