Surrey Occasions were proud to be media partners at this year’s Surrey County Show. Here’s a taster of what was a fantastic event celebrating all that Surrey has to offer. We will be posting a series interviews with some of the exhibitors shortly…..so watch this space …
The 62nd Surrey County Show held at Stoke Park in Guildford was a great success and bigger and better than ever.
An abundance of attractions ensured a fantastic turnout with thousands of people enjoying the Grand Arena entertainment, the hundreds of animals, the children activities and the acres of shopping.
Organised by the Surrey County Agricultural Society, a small charity based in Bramley, the show ran from 8am until 6pm and proved an action packed day out for the whole family.
With agriculture at the heart of the show, visitors were able to get up close to animals of all shapes and sizes. Cows, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens, many bathed, trimmed and blow dried in preparation, battled for the rosettes and the champions graced the Grand Arena in the traditional winner’s parade. Smaller animals could be found too, including ducklings in the petting farm and bees in the honey tent. As well as wondering at the live bee release, visitors could sample local honey products and roll their own bees wax candles.
The Grand Arena also hosted James Dylan and his team of motorcycle riders who wowed the crowds with their daredevil stunts and breath-taking jumps. Equally exciting were the two show jumping classes with some of the UK’s top horse and rider combinations clearing huge fences in a nail biting jump off. The scurry ponies, a real favourite at the show also showed their speed and fiercely competitive nature in this yearly spectacle.
Food lovers were not disappointed this year with foods from all over the world available as well as local produce from the Surrey Farmers’ Market and the English wine bar. The Food Theatre was packed as visitors enjoyed watching celebrity chef Dan Britten demonstrate some of his favourite recipes and an award winning Oxshott butcher revealed how to prepare various meats.
Children were spoilt this year and their smiling faces shone through throughout the day. Top of their agenda was a scavenger hunt which took them on a trip around the show ground and past the Millers Ark petting farm. This area of the show ground really delighted visitors of all ages who were treated to several performances from The Sheep Show as well as the Wood Street Village Maypole Dancers. The donkey rides proved as popular as ever as did the hilarious Punch & Judy.
The Countryside Arena was once again at the heart of the show with all day rural entertainment. Sheep dogs, gun dogs and beagles represented our canine friends and visitors had great fun entering their own over excited dogs in to the terrier racing. Countryside lovers watched in awe as majestic birds of prey showed us how they hunt their prey and fly fishing fans were given demonstrations of this increasingly popular sport. Close by was the dog ring featuring the amazing and heart-warming Service Dogs UK, dog agility and the popular fun dog show where dogs and their owners took home rosettes and fabulous prizes in classes including ‘Best Rescue Dog’ and ‘Dog with the Best Trick’.
The show was lucky this year to feature several young and talented artists from the Guildford Academy of Music, making the bandstand a must see (and hear!) stop off. Equally impressive were the arrangements in the floristry competition. And they smelled as good as they looked!
Shopping bags were empty on arrival but full at the end of the day. The acres of trade stands offered everything from country clothing to unique jewellery to colourful homewares.
With so much to see and do, one day at the show just isn’t enough. Put next year’s date in your diary now – 29th May 2017!