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, 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 2018 show takes place on the 24th, 25th, and 26th July.
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?
This is to be confirmed, but last year’s New Forest Show tickets were available on the gate at £21 (adult), £20 (senior citizen), £7.50 (child five-16), £49.50 (family – two adults and two children). There was also a 5% discount when you bought online before the event, but it’s unclear if this will be repeated in 2018.
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 out there.
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 on the front of those tents.
What are the top attractions?
Last year Jamie Squibb and his team from squibbfreestlye entertained visitors with exciting motocross stunt displays, twice a day in the East Ring. There was also the New Forest and Hampshire Show’s first ever baking competition, a celebration of 100 years of the Ford Tractor in the Old Time Farming Section, a local produce market, and much, much more.
Other main attractions included international show jumping, a heavy horse musical drive, the Grand Parade, tractor tug o’war and more, and it’s thought that most, if not all, of this will return in 2018.
What competitions are at the Show?
TBC for this year, but in 2017…
Artists, blacksmiths, flower arrangers, the WI and bakers were able to take part in contests, while other competition categories included equine, honey and bees, livestock, poultry and vegetables.
What can I eat and drink?
Last year saw a plethora of amenities to enjoy, including a new Garden Tearoom, allowing for a relaxing place to stop while enjoying the lovely flower displays in the Flower and Gardening Show.
There’s also usually 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 wet.