New Forest Show 2019

What to see at the New Forest Show 30 July – 1st August 2019

The New Forest Show in Brockenhurst is next week and there’s so much to see – we will be at the show on block 35, stand 319!

 

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As the weather is so hot, we’d recommend you take your time to potter around this popular celebration of country life and visit over a couple of days. Stay close by in one of our New Forest cottages and return from the show with a stash of home-cooked goodies from the food tents. Pull up a chair in the garden, pop open a bottle of wine and kick off your shoes as the sun goes down.

The show opens at 8am and closes at 6.30pm each day, and if you’re staying in one of our dog friendly New Forest Cottages you can bring them along to the show.

The New Forest Show has come a long way from the UK’s first country shows of 1763 up in County Durham, where locals gathered in neighbours fields to share and teach country skills. This went on for 200 years until agricultural societies up and down the country began purchasing dedicated showground land in the 1960’s. Today, country shows in the UK attract around 7 million visitors a year. The New Forest Show is run by an army of some 500 volunteers who help stall holders, farmers and entrants provide and entertain approx. 95,000 visitors over the 3 day show.

 

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So here’s what you’ll be able to see, learn about, buy, taste and marvel at!

Heart of the Forest is a one-stop information and showcase about the New Forest Commoners, locals and with organisations such as New Forest Agisters, the New Forest National Park Authority, the New Forest Commoners Defence Association and everything and anything you need to know about the famous free roaming livestock you see wandering the forest, towns and villages.

Old Time Farming showcases the early farming methods through the nostalgic sound and smell of steam engines, demonstrating how rural folk lived in the past right the way through the industrial revolution and both world wars. It’s a fascinating blast from the past.

 

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Music, art, craft and food and drink tents are in abundance. There are a massive 4 craft tents this year exhibiting and selling stunningly beautiful merchandise. Food tents, beer tents, gin bars and drink stalls are aplenty at the show, with tastings and temping offers to accompany dulcet tones from a multitude of genres on the live music stage.

Baking is as popular as ever, with trestle tables laden with sweet treats, goodies and naughty-but-nice slices of deliciousness. Fruit, veg and flower tents galore are open for green fingered enthusiasts and onlookers who love to see dazzling displays and the more serious, yet jolly rivalry for the biggest, best and most wonderful fruit and vegetables.

Livestock shows are where townies and urbanites can get up close to where our food and livestock comes from. Expect to see cattle, poultry, sheep, pigs and more, with the winners bestowed bright rosettes in the show ring, much to the delight of our hard-working farmers.

 

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Shopping at a country show is much more than going to a street market. You’ll find service providers, local produce stalls and traders from all aspects of country life in tents, pavilions and along the showground lanes with prices to match every pocket.

It’s a great day out and we’re sure you’ll want to visit time and again. If you haven’t booked a New Forest cottage next week, there’s still chance, click here to see cottages with availability.