New main ring attraction at this year’s Dorset County Show

With just a few months to go until this year’s Dorset County Show, the organisers have revealed the new main ring attraction for 2018.

Organised by Dorchester Agricultural Society, the show will take place from Saturday September 1 to Sunday September 2, at the Dorchester Showground. The two-day annual show attracts more than 60,000 people each year since it began in 1840, and boasts a variety of attractions, livestock, and fun for all the family.

This year’s main ring attraction will be camel racing provided by Joseph’s Amazing Camels, which have been featured on Countryfile and also have been the stars of many advertising campaigns including the British airline easyJet. This is the first time camel racing has taken place at the show and is definitely not to be missed.

Also new for 2018 is The Fabulous Food & Farming Education Area which will provide visitors with everything they need to know about the important role farming plays in our everyday lives. Information will also be shared on where our food comes from before it is sold in the supermarkets.

Throughout the weekend competitive classes will be taking place for more than 20 different types of cattle, over 30 different types of sheep, goats and pigs, as well as in homecraft, horticulture and sheep shearing. Poultry, rabbits and alpacas will also be on show, with falconry displays, scurry racing and the Grand Parade of award-winning livestock will take place in the main ring.

Food lovers will have an extensive range of hand-picked catering concessions to choose from, each specialising in a different type of cuisine, showcasing local food producers from all across Dorset. There will be more than 450 trade stands at the show during the weekend for those looking to support local suppliers. High-end country items will also be found in the specialist ‘Shopping@theAvenue’ marquee.

Will Hyde, show secretary, said: “Each year we work hard to ensure Dorset County Show continues to offer new attractions for our visitors, while still promoting excellence within agriculture. We have produced a jam-packed programme of activities which we are proud of for 2018 and will capture all interests and bring people together to celebrate the best of Dorset’s rural life.

“Come rain or shine it is a priority of ours to host a variety of attractions and activities which will create the perfect day out for all the family. We look forward to welcoming back our regular visitors and also meeting new people who will join us over the course of the weekend.”

Please visit or call 01305 264249 to find out more details on what’s planned for the weekend, how to get there and book tickets. Children under 16 go free and early bird tickets are £14 and available until July 31, when the price rises to £15. Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the show for £18.