The 2017 Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show was one of the best in living memory with huge crowds of visitors who all enjoyed a lovely sunny day in the glorious Dorset countryside.

One of the highlights of the show and the biggest crowd puller was the Adrenaline Quadbike Stunt Team which filled the ring with excitement, noise and action. Other attractions in the main ring included the Dorset Polo Club who demonstrated their special sport with ponies who instinctively knew the rules of the game and managed to anticipate their riders next moves! The Shetland Pony Grand Prix and the Massed Parade of Hounds of Beagles, The Hunting Horn Contest and the Haymaking Machinery display all kept the crowds enthralled.

In the Turnpike Ring, countryside sports included ferret and terrier racing, birds of prey, sheep dogs and the dog and duck display in a packed programme of exciting entertainment.

With over 520 trade stands, there was an enormous choice available to visitors of all ages, including schools and further education, fitness and medical advice, home improvement and vehicles , handicrafts and gifts and of course… food, glorious food! Not forgetting over 100 stands filled with tractors, machinery and farming supplies. 

The most competitive section included cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, rabbits, homecrafts, handicrafts, art and a huge range of classes for younger exhibitors. The Poultry Show goes from strength to strength, increasing entries by almost a third in two years.

Agriculture, farming and rural activities are always at the heart of our show, and this year was no exception with visitors able to watch the very finest cattle and sheep being paraded and judged. Our new ‘Farm and Fun’ Education Area demonstrated how milk, meat and grain are produced on local farms and how they reach your table. This year we were fortunate to have the return of the butter making demonstrations from Wyke Farms plus the most amazing model farm.

In the Harts of Stur Food Hall, there were over 50 producers of the finest quality food and drink, including a gluten free bakery specialist, local wines and cheeses, speciality Greek cuisine, hot pies for nibbling and beer to be supped, alongside a huge range of ready to eat foods.

We hope all of you who spent the day with us had a fantastic time and thank you for all your kind comments on social media so far. 

We look forward to doing it all again on WEDNESDAY 15th AUGUST 2018


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Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show – A Thank You from the Show Organiser

sam braddick organiser

On behalf of the organising committee I would like to thank all the exhibitors, traders, sponsors, stewards and visitors who together, combine to make this one of the best and most successful, traditional one day agricultural shows in the country. We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful people who give their time to help organise and run the Show. There is a dedicated ‘gang’ who are on hand all the year round to maintain and improve the ground and what a wonderful job they have done to restore the fields.

There is a much larger team who turn out in the weeks preceding and immediately after the Show, to set up all the rings and animal penning, mark out the 500 plus trade stand sites, put up all the signs, set out the tables and display boards and all the one hundred and one jobs that need to be done to make the show tick. Then with many others they steward on show day, there are about 250 needed to ensure the classes, traffic and displays all run smoothly and afterwards there are three days of intensive clearing up, packing away and the final litter pick all done by willing volunteers.

We are also very grateful for all the help that we receive from local groups, carnival clubs, Scouts, Rotary & Lions Clubs and the many companies and individuals who help or provide us with equipment.

Thank you all so very much and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday 15th. August 2018

Show Secretary