Edenbridge And Oxted Agricultural Show 2019
When: Bank Holiday Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August 2019
Where: Ardenrun Showground, Ray Lane, Nr Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL
Water Buffalo and daring stunt shows by Atkinson Action Horses, equine stars of TV’s Victoria and Poldark, lead a line-up of amazing spectacles at this year’s Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show on August 25th and Bank Holiday 26th. The showground off the A22 at Lingfield RH7 6LL also hosts for the first time, Crawley Town football skills sessions, Henfold Birds of Prey demonstrations, Team MAD Champion BMX stunt shows, Sutherland Pipes and Drums and a side saddle masterclass. New this year is a second free bus service from Edenbridge Town station in addition to the Lingfield station shuttle.
Children visit for free with an adult ticket holder in the party and there are instagram moments all around the showground. Capture happy memories when the family handle giant snakes, hairy spiders, cute pygmy hedgehogs and the bearded dragon. Meet the Meerkats as well as favourite farmyard and pet animals – a rare chance to see over 25 species close up. Learn some new footballing skills – ball techniques, shooting, passing and tackling, from qualified coaches at the Crawley Town Community Foundation activity area with exciting football-based games and opportunities for a small match. Have a go at the tunnel racecourse – children vs ferrets, which is fun to take part in or watch. Another laugh- out- loud activity is the Sheep Show which entertains and amuses.
There’s the perfect chance to try playing the Ukulele (Monday), archery, clay shooting and fly fishing. Learn about keeping bees and poultry and the work of a charity exhibiting for the first time – “Fresh Start for Hens” which re-homes ex-battery hens. Hold guinea pigs and learn about these pets at the Surrey Cavy Club area in the Fur and Feathers Marquee. Bring your dog to try the obstacle course in the Dog Section. Visit the Village Green for traditional family fun with giant board games, live music, fairground rides and the iconic Victorian Carousel. Enjoy the Historic Vehicle section with an astounding range of vintage and classic cars and agricultural machinery. On Bank Holiday Monday catch the unusual spectacle of an arena filled with stagecoaches with three, four and five horses – a really impressive sight for the family.
The annual Bank Holiday weekend Show is one of the very oldest agricultural Shows in the country, founded when Queen Victoria came to the throne. At its core is the magnificent livestock section which attracts quality pig, sheep, goat, rabbit, poultry and guinea pig exhibits and the largest collection of fine cattle in Southern England. Always changing and improving, this year’s Show includes, for the first time ever, Water Buffalo – a chance to learn more about these fascinating animals and why they are of increasing interest to farmers.
The massive marquees are an iconic sight and offer a wide variety of regional foods, crafts, wonderful flower displays and gigantic vegetables, plants and gardening experts, beers and refreshments as well as the famous WI bakery, jams, gifts and crafts for children to make at the Show. There are also over 300 shops with unusual gifts and specialist equipment. Spot the one-man band and have photographs taken with the flowerpot men and living tree statues.
On Bank Holiday Monday is the Exemption Dog Show with Pedigree and Novelty classes, Terrier Racing and the Working Terrier Show. Dog Agility and Obedience events go on throughout the weekend as well as Gun Dog demonstrations, Junior have a go sessions with trained gundogs and competitive team events. Watch wrought iron-working and horse-shoeing competitions in the working blacksmith’s area – that is a rare sight not often seen now by the general public in everyday life.
There are over 1,000 horses, ponies and donkeys from Thelwells to Shires taking part in over 100 different classes ranging from beginners’ classes to Horse of the Year Show qualifiers. There are six competition rings spread around the 140 acre showground with the main ring providing entertainment for the family as well as exciting competition classes. A visit to the purpose-built Heavy Horse Village is recommended for a close-up look at preparations for showtime. The Harwoods Land Rover Knock Out Show Jumping was introduced two years ago and has been an extremely popular innovation. It takes place on Monday at 2.10 pm in the main ring and promises to again be a thrilling spectacle as two riders compete against each other on two separate courses. This is starting to be one of those don’t miss Show events. The all-time visitors’ favourite moment and one repeated over the history of the Show which started in 1837 is the Grand Parade of Livestock, including the biggest gathering of cattle in Southern Britain. This finale takes place at 3.40pm followed by the presentation of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trophy and the Supreme Ridden Horse Championship.
Admission rates are just £22 for adults, £17 for senior citizens and students and any number of under-sixteens are free this year with one adult ticket holder in the party . Car parking is free. Reduced price advance tickets give fast track entry into the showground. These tickets can be obtained online at www.edenbridge-show.co.uk or at a high street outlet near you including Anthony Moore Dry Cleaners in Lingfield, Bradfords Household in Edenbridge, Martells of East Grinstead and Sutton, Mole Country Store at Redhill and White & Sons Estate Agents in Oxted.
A special bus service will run for those who are without transport or who have arrived by train. This year there will be two shuttles, one from Lingfield station and a new one from Edenbridge Town station to the Showground on both days half-hourly from 9am – 12.30pm, returning to Lingfield and Edenbridge Town stations from 2 – 6.30pm. This service is free to all local residents and visitors travelling by train. The Show Council has recently purchased a field adjoining the showground which will be used largely for extra free parking, useful at peak times as the community show becomes more and more popular.
It’s not too late to apply for membership. As a member you have fast-track admission to the Show on both days and to the exclusive Members’ Enclosure. This provides a base to sit in comfort and watch the main ring events from the best viewpoint, have a refreshing drink from the Members’ Bar and enjoy a roast or a cold buffet meal in the restaurant within the tranquillity of the Enclosure. The Members’ area is the central hub of the Show where friends and neighbours meet up year after year. From there you can wander out to the four corners of the 120 acre site and see all the excitement. Details of membership packages and information to plan your visit is at www.edenbridge-show.co.uk