Report on the 2015 Dunster Show
With a break in the weather, last Friday saw yet another successful Dunster show, the 169th! more
DUNSTER SHOW provides a unique opportunity to see the best of Somerset farming and livestock. It also has some of the best entertainment in West Somerset and is a fun filled day out for all the family.
Dunster Show is the premier Agricultural Show in West Somerset and one of the major one day shows of the West of England.
Dunster Show takes place annually on the third Friday in August at Dunster Castle Lawns adjacent to the A39 near MINEHEAD. A beautiful setting with Dunster Castle perched on a hill behind providing a dramatic backdrop.
The 2016 show on August 19th will be the 170th to be held and promises to be the best yet.
Showing of livestock is a major part of the show with classes for HORSES CATTLE and SHEEP. Entertainment is laid on all day with Bands, Demonstrations, Crafts and Trade Stands, providing something for all the family.
Over 500 horses enter for the many varied classes which include
Hunters, Hacks, Child’s Ponies, Leading Rein, Mares and Foals, Coloureds, Arabs, Appaloosas. Miniature, Exmoors, Fell and Dales, SHP, HOYS, BSPS and NPS.
qualifiers. There will a Grand Parade of Prizewinners and Pony Club Games in the main ring. Some pony classes are Qualifying rounds for the Horse Of The Year Show.
High standard of cattle on show including
Local Red Devons, also Aberdeen Angus, British Blue, Simmental, Longhorn, Dexters, Fatstock and Rare Breeds. There are classes for calves and for Young Cattle Handlers under 12 years of age.
Over 300 sheep expected with strong entries of local breeds Devon Closewool and Exmoor Horn. Others include Suffolk, Texel, Charollais, Zwartbles, Cross Breds, Jacob and other Rare Breeds. There is also a young handlers competition for the under twelves.
There will be a parade of Cattle and Sheep prizewinners in the Main Ring.
YOUNG FARMERS STOCKJUDGING COMPETITION —Cattle & Sheep.
Entertainment in the MAIN RING for 2016 includes
- Ross Maloney Working Dog Display
- Michael Davie Falconry Display
- Devil's Horsemen — Cossack Riding Display
- and Parades of Prizewinners.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND THE SHOW
- Avon Glen Pipes and Drums
- Tone Valley Jazzmen
- The Puppetree Company
- Rural Craft Displays
- Vintage Machinery
- Food Hall – bigger and better this year
A timetable of the events will be found here.
IN THE BIG TOP
THE NATIONAL FESTIVAL CIRCUS gives free circus entertainment for all ages.
Hundreds of TRADE STANDS selling a wide variety of quality goods including Country Wear, Jewelry, Baskets, Books, Pictures and local crafts. Many Charity Stalls and Local Organisations present. Trade stand details can be found here.
A Variety of FOOD STALLS around the Village Green area, a BAR TENT supplied by The Rest and be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross, and STYLES FARM ICE CREAM.
Adult £12, Child (4-14) £5, free parking, no concessions.
10% discount Book ONLINE before the show
- Opens at 8.00am
- Disabled forward parking and disabled toilets.
- Dogs admitted on a lead.
- Mobility buggies can be hired prior to the day by phoning - 01202 670450 or visit their website by clicking here (www.wheelsforfreedom.org.uk). Some availability on the day.
We are encouraging exhib-
itors to use our NEW online entry system.
Online entries will open on 1 June 2015, payment will be available on line this year.