New Forest Show
The New Forest Show (officially The New Forest and Hampshire County Show) is the highlight of the year for the Forest and an event that is un-missable if you are visiting at the right time of year.
The New Forest show started with quite humble beginnings back in 1921 compared to today’s event. The first show at Bartley Cross had less than 1500 visitors and was only a 1 day event. But back then of course we did not have the road and rail infrastructure that we have today so in the period this was a major event.
Over the years the event has had several homes with the current (since 1955) being at the over 200 acre site at New Park Brockenhurst, which is one of the only venues locally that can accommodate the expected 90,000 plus visitors.
New Park is a delightful setting for this county show and is a true taste of the new forest with its ancient and ornamental woodlands which surround the show. The park is also home to red and fallow deer that have become quite used to the presence of the visitors over time and make the area even more special.
The New Forest Show is currently held over a three day period now but still retains its local roots as an agricultural and equestrian event, and has entertainment sure to delight visitors of all ages including an all day fun factory for the children (and some grown ups I expect).
As you would expect from such a prestigious show there will be numerous showground events ranging from Show Jumping and a heavy horse display to coaching, Falconry and Gun dog demonstration.
Not al entertainment will be restricted to the main arena though, as you can expect to see many other livestock competitions featuring all the local wildlife for example New Forest ponies, pig, sheep and cattle, not forgetting our little furry friends the rabbits of course. In fact it would be arguably fair to say that the New Forest Show is the place to come to see all of the birds and bees too.
The show is also an ideal place to come to experience and purchase some true and unique country arts and crafts many of which you will never find in a modern retail outlet. With around 600-800 trade stands expected to be filled you can expect to experience true rural culture and locally produced produce, art, crafts (and a whole lot more) that you can take home with you to remind you of this memorable event.
You'll also find plenty of food stands available as well so you can feast till your hearts content on traditional and more modern cuisine.
If you are definitely coming to the show then book your tickets early as opposed to on the day because this will save you some money.
Travelling to and from the show by car (parking is free) is quite easy but as you would expect can get a little hectic during show days , so make sure you give yourself plenty of time and relax. Or you could if you prefer a more relaxing journey catch a train to Brockenhurst station and then jump on the shuttle bus service that will be available (paid).
2009 Show Dates: Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th July 2009
2009 Opening Times: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
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