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When is the New Forest Show 2020?

Simon Lockyer 01 February 2020

The New Forest Show is one of the best agricultural events to take place in the UK, with three days of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

The annual event takes place every summer in Hampshire and is nearly 100 years old, with the first show having taken place in 1921. It attracts more than 100,000 people to its showground every year, making it one of the biggest events in the country.

Here, we’ll bring you all the latest news, updating the feed with the latest New Forest Show news as and when more information is released.


When is it?

The New Forest show takes place on the last weekend of July each year. 

What are the New Forest Show opening times?

The showground will be open from 8am to 6.30pm on all three days.

Where does it take place?

The show takes place at The Showground, which is found at New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. In case you need it, the New Forest Show postcode is SO42 7QH.


How much are tickets?

Tickets are available on the gate at £22 (adult) and £21 (senior citizen). Children aged 5 - 15 years old will be admitted for £1 when accompanied by a paying adult. Children under 5 go free! There is also a 15% discount when you buy tickets online before the 21st July and 5% w before 28th July. Buy tickets here >>

Where can I stay?

Not from the New Forest but want to make the most of your time at the show? Don’t worry; there’s plenty of accommodation on offer in the area. Whether you’re looking for a cottage with waterside views, somewhere within walking distance of a pub or something a little quirkier, there’s plenty of choice among our collection of cottages in the New Forest.

Here are some suggestions, just a couple of miles from the showground: 

Are dogs allowed at the show?

Yes – but they’re to be kept on a lead at all times. Some tents, particularly those which house livestock, will not allow dogs – look out for the signs.

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What are the top attractions?

Main attractions include international show jumping, a heavy horse musical drive, the Grand Parade, tractor tug o’war and more. you'll also find a traditional baking show, a sports zone and an improved countryside area. Don't miss the Atkinson Stunt Display where horses and riders will put on a show each day.

Artists, blacksmiths, flower arrangers, the WI and bakers are able to take part in contests, and other competition categories included equine, honey and bees, livestock, poultry and vegetables.

What can I eat and drink?

The delightful Garden Tearoom offers a relaxing place to stop while enjoying the lovely flower displays in the Flower and Gardening Show. There's also plenty of catering vans serving up noodles, burgers and more.

There’s a wonderful local produce market offering a huge range of fantastic eats, a picnic area, should you wish to bring your own packed lunch, and a range of beer tents run by Ringwood Brewery, ensuring your whistle is well and truly whet.