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Dorset County Show: Your essential guide
Never been to the Dorset County Show in Dorchester before?
The popular Show has been running since 1841 but for many this year will be their first experience of the event.
Here is our handy guide with everything you need to know about the show on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.
How do you get there?
Damory Coaches will also be running a service from Dorchester town centre from on Saturday and Sunday. The buses also go via Dorchester South and Dorchester West stations. Check out the full timetable here Bus Timetable 2013.pdf
How busy is it around Dorchester?
The roads around Dorchester do get busy on both days of the show, particularly around the Stinsford Road on the A35, from early in the morning. For all the latest travel alerts on the day check here
You may want to get the bus from the county town or if it’s a nice day the showground is in walking or cycling distance from the town.
Who are the headline acts?
This year the star billing in the main ring goes to the Kangaroo Kids, father and son duo Matt and Sam Coulter from Australia who will be performing long distance jumps and high flying tricks on their quad bikes. Another adrenaline fuelled act in the main arena will be the Devil’s Horsemen, a daredevil stunt trio whose horsebacked stunts have featured in a number of big name movies.
The traditional element It’s not all main ring attractions and high adrenaline stunts. The show still holds true to its original values with the livestock and homecraft classes playing a major role at the show. Livestock entries are looking good this year while homecraft is positively booming thanks partially to the influence of television shows such as Kirsty Allsopp’s Handmade Britain and The Great British Bake Off.
Should I bring my children?
The Dorset County Show is an incredibly family friendly event and best of all children under 16 get to go in for free. There is a funfair as well as various rides while children will also enjoy the main ring acts and close encounters with creatures such as goats, hounds and rabbits.
Check out the latest weather for Dorchester here but here's the three day forecast(at the time of 10.30am on Friday 6 Sep)
As well as a host of catering units dotted around the showground the best of Dorset local produce will be on show in the Food Hall tents. The area has been extended this year but show organisers have still managed to sell out all available pitches while top local chefs will also be performing cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Facilities There are toilets, baby changing facilities and a cash point at the showground. Look at a detailed map of the site here.
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