We loved Dorset County Show last year that the kids literally squealed with delight when we told them we were going again this year.
Situated at the Dorchester showground and now in its 178th year, Dorset County Show has a variety of attractions, livestock, trade stands and fun for all the family to celebrate agriculture and rural life in Dorset.
Dorset County Show is a truly family friendly day out and like last year, the kids were given wristbands in case we got separated and were told who to find it they got lost. They were itching to go and explore and soon found their favourite tractor – Robo Crop.
This tractor is equipped with a siren and has a top speed of 23mph (37km/h) and is “not built for response policing” but is being used to raise awareness of rural crime.
The show had an almost identical lay out to the previous year, so we knew where we wanted to find. They loved the Dog and Duck Show last year and we arrived just in time for the first show.
If you have not seen the Dog and Duck Show before, it features Kiwi, Stuart Barnes and his team who demonstrate how they use dogs natural instincts to train sheep dogs to herd Indian Running Ducks.
Stuart is brilliant and gives a very tongue-in-cheek show, educating the audience about common dog behaviour issues and about how these can be resolved. The highlight is always when he gets the kids to come out and help him and this year Sebby and Eliza got picked to help.
After his show we wandered around into a huge marquee by the arena, admiring arts and crafts that had been submitted by talented locals to be judged.
Outside this marquee were Longthornes Farm who were giving people the chance to walk their Alpaca’s.
Walking the Alpaca’s was an interesting experience as they would stop for no reason, but the kids had great fun leading them around the pen.
It was then time for the Sheep Show, a humorous educational live stage show, again hosted by Stuart Barnes, about sheep and wool, featuring live sheep shearing and nine different breeds of sheep.
Make sure you stay to see the dancing sheep at the end, it is brilliant!
We then headed off to see what else was on offer.
We saw a milking demonstration and wandered around all the animal marquee’s seeing the winners of the competitive classes.
The Grand Parade of award-winning livestock which took place in the main ring was a real sight to behold – particularly as there was one sheep that really didn’t want to be there and was doing its own thing.
Also in the main ring were demonstrations by lovingly resorted carts, pulled by handsome horses.
Vintage vehicles also rumbled in and showed themselves off around the ring.
There was an extensive range of catering concessions to choose from, each specialising in a different type of cuisine, showcasing local food producers from across Dorset as well as more than 450 trade stands at the show to explore – many of whom had activities for the kids to try.
We came away with lots of lovely local produce and some fabulous memories of a great day out.
The finale in the main ring was Camel racing by Joseph’s Amazing Camels which have appeared on BBC’s Countryfile and are also the stars of advertising campaigns including the British airline EasyJet.
It was hilarious to watch. Three of the camels were very competitive but one was just out for his Sunday stroll and ambled along the race course as his own pace, despite encouragement from his jockey.
Dorset County Show is an annual event, attracting over 60,000 people to Dorchester Showground and the best bit is – kids go FREE!!
Have you been to an event like this before?
If you are interested in county shows, check out what the Mini Malpi thought of the Lincolnshire Show 2018.