Showground Facilities

The following information is a guide to the facilities available. This information may subject to change as the facilities and services are improved and upgraded. Please check this web site or directly with the Show Office if you have specific questions.

Opening Times

The Showground is open by 8.30am Tradestands and Features are open from 9.00am until 6.00pm. Credit card facilities are available at both entrance gates


Friendly stewards guide you into the car park and many more are on hand in the Showground throughout the day to answer questions and help you find your way around.The Show offers FREE car parking and FREE buses which are available from various points in both Gillingham & Shaftesbury. There are coaches calling at many towns & villages throughout the area.

Food & Drink

There are lots of places to eat and drink, in fact the Showground is bursting with the very best of local produce for you to taste, try and buy and at great prices.

Public catering units are sited throughout the Showground and there are two picnic areas where families can relax and watch the world go by!

Picnic Areas can be found near the Turnpike Countryside Ring and close to the Main Gate, just inside of the Motcombe Road entrance.

The Show Bar is located on the south side of the showground near the Entertainment marquee.

The Lunch Tent can be found in the centre of main ring, it is open to Members & Sponsors only. Day membership tickets are available from the catalogue sales points adjacent to the main ring.


For those who like listening to live music while relaxing the Bandstand is situated in the picnic area near the main gate

Cash Facilities

The Mobile Bank is located alongside the Show Secretary’s Office just inside the main gate.


Baby changing facilities are available in Row H near the Horticultural Marquee and in trade Row Y south of the main ring close to the Wessex Arcade.


Unless you are exhibiting in the Dog Show, please leave your dogs at home. If it is essential to bring your dog to the Show, they must be on a fixed lead (non-retractable) the whole time and please clear up your dog’s dirt. Dogs will not be permitted to enter any public marquee and any animal area. Assistance dogs are exempt.


First Aid & Emergency Services

The First Aid Centre is situated on Row H near the Main Gate from the Motcombe Road.


These are available to hire for the Show day and must be pre booked. Pre booking scooters & payment can be done through the internet by going to the Out N’ About link on Alternatively you can phone 01202 670450, Monday to Friday 11am – 3pm.


Public toilet facilities are marked on the “You Are Here” plans sited throughout the Showground. Public Toilets for the disabled can be found in all the main toilet bloc