Showground between Lingfield and Blindley Heath
28th & 29th August
Dogs are a welcome and important part of the annual Bank Holiday weekend Show at the 140 acre showground between Lingfield and Blindley Heath RH7 6LL, 6 miles south of J6 M25. This year on August 28th and 29th the huge Dog Section within the Country Sports area has events to watch and for your dog to participate in. “The Edenbridge Express”, a fun gun dog scurry introduced last year for the first time, is featuring on both days this year. Bring your dog to take part or come to see the dogs retrieving dummies in a timed competition. On Bank Holiday Monday the Country Sports area hosts the Exemption Dog Show with Pedigree and Novelty classes and Terrier Racing and the Working Terrier Show. Also in the Country Sports area all weekend is a chance to try out Archery, Fly fishing, Clay Shooting, and enjoy the Dog Agility and Obedience events. Bring your dog along to take part. There are also Gun Dog demonstrations and wrought iron-working and horse-shoeing competitions in the working blacksmith’s area. That is a rare sight not often seen now by the general public in everyday life.
New have-a-go adventures including holding creepy crawlies, walking a low trapeze at the Slackline School and junior Action Wheels cycling are part of a busy visit to this year’s Show. Another first is the new Meerkat Enclosure. Watch them playing in their family group and being handled by their keeper who will bring them over for a stroke and an unusual selfie!
Advance ticket holders, including earlybird saver ticket holders, will be fast-tracked through the ticket queues this year for the first time. All under 16’s go free with an adult ticket holder in the party. Details of reduced price tickets and membership packages are at www.edenbridge-show.co.uk.
Watch dogs in action in the main ring as part of the non-stop programme of competition and entertainment. The Ardenrun Challenge involves teams with dogs and horses competing to build and go over obstacles showing how well people and animals can work together. The winner will show ingenuity and build the greatest team spirit and the relays will be a fast and furious spectacle for all the family to enjoy. Catch The Ardenrun Challenge at 3.30pm on Sunday and 10.35 am on Bank Holiday Monday. After a Cavalcade of Footpacks on Sunday 28th at 11.15am and Foxhounds at 12.05pm on Monday 29th, children are invited to go into the main ring and meet the marvellous teams of hounds and footpacks; always a special moment for children and spectators alike. Other main ring spectacles include quad bike stunts by The Kangaroo Kid twice daily and on Monday afternoon the finale Grand Parade of Cattle – the largest display of cattle in southern England.
Around the showground are Food, Craft, Horticultural, Livestock and Beer marquees together with 300+ specialist shops and food outlets and close up encounters with animals including alpacas, bats, bearded dragon, bees, cattle, dogs, donkeys, falcons, ferrets, goats, guinea pigs, hawks, horses, llama, mules, owls, pigs, ponies, poultry, rabbits, snakes, spiders, spitting cockroaches and sheep.
Watch cookery demonstrations in the new Cookery Theatre, the Sheep Show and a new Mole Show presented by a star of Dave TV’s “Deadliest Pests Down Under”. The six competition rings include over 1500 horses and ponies competing in a range of classes from Horse of the Year Show qualifiers to fun Gymkhana events.
Dogs are welcome around the showground but should be kept on leads and please do not take them into the livestock tents. The huge showground area has plenty to keep everyone in the family including pet dogs happy and occupied for the whole day and with reduced price tickets available, children and parking free and lots of free activities around the Show it is a great value family Bank Holiday weekend day out.