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14 January,2019

Top Five Country Shows To Visit In 2019

With spring arriving in the next few months, attention turns to day trips or weekends away making the most of the Great British summer. Whether that brings scorching hot days or soggy downpours, a visit to a country show is always a date for your calendar in this country. With the hundreds of country shows that are keeping tradition alive , we pick our favourites to visit this year:

Badminton House

Badminton Horse Trials – 1st to 5th May 2019, Badminton, Gloucestershire

This four-day equestrian event is a Haynet favourite and a great British sporting tradition. Set in the grounds of the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton House, this event showcases country life at its best even if equestrian blood doesn’t run through your veins. Together with the thrilling eventing competition with its eye-opening cross country course, there is a huge range of trade stands, food stalls and amusements to entertain the crowds. This is a definite date for your diary in 2019.

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South of England Show – 6th to 8th June 2019, The South of England Showground, Ardlingly, West Sussex

Founded in 1967, this agriculture show has livestock at its heart. With thousands of animals on display, the show has grown from its agricultural roots to include a large equestrian contingent, including showjumping, showing and heavy horse displays. The show also includes a large number of trade stands as well as a food hall, flower marquee and crafts. The main arena also hosts plenty of displays to keep the public entertained over the three days.

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Highland Show

Royal Highland Show – 20th to 23rd June 2019, The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh

Since its first show in 1822, the Royal Highland Show is Scotland’s annual farming and countryside showcase. The event attracts over 1,000 exhibitors and nearly 200,00 visitors! The show is a fantastic day out for all ages or makes a great weekend away if you want to include majestic Edinburgh to the visit. You enjoy first hand the country’s top quality livestock, a vast range of farming equipment, exceptional food & drink and experience rural living at its best. If you want to visit a show further afield, then The Highland Show is a must. With regular flights to Edinburgh from UK airports, it is easy to get to with the showground right next door as you step off your flight.

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The Royal International Horse Show – 24th to 29th July 2019, The All Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the BHS Royal International Horse Show is held annually at Hickstead, which is one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. The competitions provide the best entertainment for the crowds with equestrian superstars all competing at the highest level. The horse show also holds a variety of classes for amateur riders and novice horses which brings showjumping and showing all together in this great equestrian event. With over two hundred equestrian and countryside trade stands, Hickstead is a definate date to make in your diary for July.

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The Game Fair – 26th to 27th July, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

This summer The Game Fair will be celebrating its 60th year in 2019. The show celebrates everything about rural life and country pursuits attracting a huge number of exhibitors, all showcasing their talents and products. The fair boasts a packed itinerary for the whole family, including gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting. You can also enjoy a large variety of food, drink and shopping stalls all keeping the rural theme at its heart.

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This is just a small selection of country shows that are held from spring to autumn in the beautiful British countryside. Make sure you give them your support this year and keep equestrian sport and countryside traditions very much alive!

Header Photo © Peter Trimming (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Badminton House © Haynet

Highland Show © Pixabay


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