Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show returns on August 14 and 15

THE annual Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show returns on Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15, for two great days of rural attractions.

This renowned agricultural event, organised by the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Society, is celebrating 30 years at the Turnpike Showground in Motcombe, so this year promises to be even more special.

Expect a line-up of stunning attractions – livestock parades, agricultural and countryside exhibits, equestrian events, vintage machinery and cars, charming steam engines, live bands, a funfair and many other exciting attractions.

As well as an array of rare and unusual sheep, cattle, pigs and goats, this year welcomes Joseph’s Amazing Camels to the main arena.

These famous hump-backed beauties have been featured on TV and in films including Disney and Marvel movies.

The main ring is also home to pocket-rocket Shetland pony racing, competitive showjumping and the not-to-be-missed Grand Parade of Livestock which showcases the region’s finest farm animals.

The Show offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the heart of Dorset’s rural community with a host of countryside activities and sports such as hilarious ferret racing, skilled gun dog and magical falconry displays.

This year, the Heavy Horse Village makes a welcome return, where you can witness the majestic beauty of these magnificent creatures adorned in their decorative harnesses as well as see them compete.

One of the most stunning sights at the show is the Horticulture Marquee which welcomes over 1,500 entries including flowers, vegetables and cookery! Which lemon drizzle cake will you vote for?

There’s a host of fine Dorset food and drink on offer too. Indulge yourself in locally produced cheese, cake, cider,
coffee, flapjacks, gin and so much more.

The Show welcomes dogs on lead and mobility scooters are available for hire on the day.

Family tickets available now at early-bird prices £41 for two adults and two children. Two-day tickets also available. Free parking. Visit

CORRECTION: In the New Blackmore Vale of June 21, we published an incorrect editorial detailing a previous show. This was published in error and we apologise for any confusion and are happy to clarify the situation.

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I am the editor in chief of Blackmore Vale media, which includes the New Blackmore Vale, New Stour & Avon, Salisbury & Avon Gazette and the Purbeck Gazette, having been a reporter for some 20 years. In my spare time, I am a festival lover, with a particular focus on Glastonbury. I live in Somerset with my wife and two children.