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Kent County Show 2014

Posted on Saturday, 28 June 2014 05:13PM by Features

The Kent County Show 2014 will celebrate the very best of our delightful county.  The event on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July has something for the whole family.  Whilst steeped in tradition, the Kent County Show is a wonderful day out with plenty of fun, displays and entertainment. The Show is open from 8am to 6pm every day and features over 400 shopping stands, 300 displays, events and competitions and a celebration to mark 50 years at Detling.

 

On Friday morning, as part of the celebrations, HRH The Duke of Kent, will officially open the new Maidstone Exhibition Hall, a purpose built single span permanent exhibition and conference space.  The 3000sqm building, 72 metres long and 42 metres wide has capacity for up to 4,900 people.

Entertainment is high on the agenda this year and to ensure that the main ring boasts a high octane display two motorcycle shows have been booked.  On Friday visitors will be treated to James Dylan Stuntworld. This international Show is not for the faint hearted as James and his team of highly skilled riders put on an exhilarating display of amazing stunts. 

On Saturday and Sunday the The Imps Motorcycle Display Team will be performing.  From the sound of revving engines to the awe of the amazing jumps and the suspense of a multiple motorcycle combination ‘cross-over’ routine, The Imps will have you mesmerised by an unmissable display of discipline and skill. Furthermore, you will be stunned to learn that the youngest performer is only five years old!

The Kent County Show are delighted to announce that 2014 will see the return of a marching band. The Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers will be playing in the main Astor Ring twice a day throughout the Show. It was in 1856 the Royal Engineers and the Sappers and Miners amalgamated, and became known as the Corps of Royal Engineers with its headquarters at Chatham. The Kent Spitfire will also be completing an exciting display over the County Showground on all three Show days.

In contrast to the tradition and majesty of the ‘Marching Band’ is the return of Titan the Robot to the 2014 Show.  Titan will be making a number of appearances throughout the Show, for specific locations and times please see the Show’s ‘Plan Your Day’ page.

The Kent County Show has a number of different areas to visit from vintage vehicles to food & drink.  One of the most popular and memorable is always the Agricultural Area which boasts large displays of cattle, sheep and goats as well as a large Poultry and Egg show. Livestock competitions, sheep shearing demonstrations and modern machinery displays take place throughout the day.

This year in the Agricultural Ring, Bob Hogg will be organising the Lamb National.  Bob, a well-respected sheep dog handler and trainer has managed to find a breed of sheep that just love to jump.  These Herdwick sheep line up in their colours at the starting gate and then proceed to race down the course. 

 

The large ‘Why Farming Matters in Kent’ area at the main entrance to the Showground will be showcasing the ‘Great British Breakfast’.  Farmers and growers will be on hand to talk about the vast array of breakfast produce available and the wonderful larder we have right on our doorstep in Kent. The area will give visitors a chance to see cookery demonstrations and get information about the brilliant Kent Food app available free from the iPhone app store.

 

A favourite area on the Showground is the Food Tent. Over 40 stands will bring the best local, national and international food to Kent. Some of the other food and drink highlights include the Wine and Cheese Tent which brings the finest wines, ciders, juices and of course cheeses from across the country to the Showground. The large Produced in Kent area allows visitors to purchase local food and hand-made crafts. Unique to the Show and probably the world is the Cherry and Soft Fruit Show. Showcasing top quality fruit, the area boasts of royal connections with a basket of the prize winning fruit sent to the Queen each year.

 

Not to be missed is the Honey Tent and Kent Beekeeping, one of the hidden gems of the Kent Show is the Kent Beekeepers display of beekeeping and honey to be found in the large marque and adjacent apiary near Murrain Wood (look for the signs).

 The Kent County Show provides visitors with a chance to see top class competitive show jumping in Kent this year. With a prize fund of over £22,000, many of the top riders in the country will take part. Our equine classes include a large number of showing classes, farrier demonstrations, heavy horse turnouts and the fast paced scurry driving competitions, many of these are qualifiers for both the Horse of the Year Show and the Olympia Horse Show. 

Elsewhere on the Showground there is plenty for everyone to see and take part in from the popular Flower Show to the beautiful woodland area.  Vehicle lovers can stroll round the Heritage section to marvel at the beautiful steam engines or concourse standard vintage cars then on to the modern car stands to look at the new models for 2015.

 Other parts of the Show include the wonderful CLA Country and Game Area which this year will feature the Husqvarna 25m UK Pole Climbing Championships for the first time. The 25m poles have been erected and the climbers will ensure that this amazing spectacle is something visitors to the annual Kent County Show, will not forget in a hurry.  

A fairly recent addition to the Show was the Canine Area with the Dogs Trust once again running a Dog Crèche for visitors to drop off ‘man’s best friend’ while they peruse the food and livestock areas.  The Splash N’ Grab Dog Trials organised by Paws in the Park will test a pets swimming and retrieving skills.  Stand well back though as the splash is very much dependent on the size of the dog! 

Two very understated but enthralling areas of the Kent County Show are the Woodland Area and Flower Show.  Murrain Wood is a small woodland on the Kent Showground site.  This beautiful, quiet and shady area will be home to working horses, woodland craft, archery and forestry school. The skill and dedication of the craftsmen in the area is well worth seeing as is the large area run by the Girlguiding and Kent Scouts who bring a variety of activities for both young and old to enjoy.

 

The new larger Flower Tent will feature a coffee shop for 2014 and NAFAS will be providing adult and children’s workshops. The additional area will mean that The Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies will co-ordinate their incredible displays and competitions within the space. The Gardening Question Time Roadshow will be making a return to answer all your horticultural questions.

 The new online e-commerce system will be available again so that visitors are able to pre-order advance tickets until Thursday 10th July. The system outputs a unique bar-code linked to a central database.  The advance ticket hotline will still be available to pre-book tickets via telephone and closes on Saturday 5th July. 

Discounted e-tickets are available to purchase in advance from the website with no booking fee and car parking is completely free. The pre-paid ‘family ticket’ costs £37 pre-paid and £45 on the gate.   Adult tickets are priced, £18 in advance, £20 on the gate, a child ticket is £5 pre-paid, £6 on the gate.  A senior ticket is £11.50 in advance and £13 on the gate. The Kent County Agricultural Society will be offering student tickets again this year prices at £11 in advance and £13 on the gate.

 

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