Visiting the Devon County Show
Now in its 121st year, the Devon County Show returns to Westpoint Exeter this week (Thursday 19 - Saturday 21 May) for an exciting three days of fun, food and farming, celebrating the very best of Devon. One of the largest agricultural shows in the country, there is so much to see and do that we've put together some top tips to make the most of your day...
1. Plan your day!
It sounds obvious, but the better you plan the more you will get to see! Take a look at the showground map before you visit, and pick one up on arrival to find your way around. If you're visiting with young children, there are lost child wristbands available at each entrance. Remember children aged 5 - 15 go free on Saturday. There are showing classes and entertainment across six arenas throughout the day, so check out the show programme to find out what's on when.
2. Don't miss...
Headline attractions this year include the Shetland Pony Grand National, motocross stunt team the Bolddog Lings and the Devon Eye, a giant Ferris wheel - a great place to get a birdseye view across the showground. But the show is also a celebration of rural life, with farming, countryside and food at its heart. Expert demonstrations, many farming-related trade stands and a Crafts & Gardens marquee the size of a football pitch mean you'll soon be immersed in Devon life! Don't miss the cream of the region's livestock in the impressive Grand Livestock Parade on Friday and Saturday.
3. Food, glorious food
Don't take a picnic! The Devon County Show has one of the best food halls in the Westcountry. The huge food & drink pavilion brings together local producers offering everything from local meat, fruit and vegetables, cheeses and dairy products, puddings, pies and ice-creams, plus a local beer and cider festival. With cookery demos and plenty of chances to try before you buy, it's a great opportunity to see and sample the best Devon has to offer.
4. Shop till you drop
The show is a shopper's paradise - where else can you find the best the South West has to offer all in one place? Championing local businesses and craftspeople, it is a great place to get ideas and specialist advice, plus three miles of trade stands offer everything from socks to speedboats!
5. Be prepared
The weather forecast for this year's show is sunshine and rain showers, so a rain coat, suncream and sunglasses or a hat are a good idea to prepare for all weather eventualities! Comfortable shoes are also a must, although you'll find plenty of places to sit down and enjoy the action in the arenas.
You can buy tickets to the show on the gate, or buy online here to beat the queues. For discounted tickets, buy in advance of your visit from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets, Dix's Field, Exeter - you can even buy them on the day of your visit! Call them on 01392 665700 for more information.