Honiton's Showcase of Rural Life

Shetland pony race at Honiton Show

Shetland ponies racing in the mini Gold Gup - Credit: Honiton Show

Since its inception in 1890, Honiton Show has grown to become one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the South West. This year's show, on Thursday, August 4, and held at Stockers Farm near Gittisham, is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors and over 1,000 livestock entries.

The headlining act is the Bolddog Lings FMX Stunt Team who will be thrilling crowds with clever motorcycling tricks, while another act, Viperaerobatics, will have everyone looking skywards to witness a phenomenal flying display in an iconic Pitts 2SB biplane. 

Flying display at Honiton Show

Displays are in the air as well as on the ground - Credit: Honiton Show

Back to the ground level, performances come from a Shetland Pony team with mini Gold Cup races, a sheepdog display with shepherd Bob Hogg and riding antics from the Devon and Somerset Pony Club. 

For youngsters, entertainment comes in abundance and there’s even a chance to meet animated characters Sheridan the Sheepdog and Pumpkin the Pony. Plus, the scintillating Sheep Show makes a welcome return with its comical and educational live show all about the woolly animals. 

As an act of solidarity with Ukraine, children from Honiton Primary School have crafted 200 amazing sunflowers (Ukraine’s national flower) to form a fabulous trail for visitors to follow around the showground. Furthermore, all Ukrainian refugees will be issued free tickets and are asked to contact the show office in advance.

Cattle display at Honiton Show

Youngsters proudly displaying their cattle at a previous show - Credit: Honiton Show

At the heart of the show are all the wonderful livestock and horses including the majestic heavy horses, private driving, and a huge variety of sheep breeds and, dairy and beef cattle. The lower field will showcase the best of rural life with hurdle making, thatching, and hedge laying demonstrations.  

Other highlights include over 100 vintage tractors, more than 50 classic cars, the West of England Hound Show, a fun dog show, shopping opportunities galore, and culinary delights to tickle all taste buds in the food courts.

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Parking is free and a free shuttle bus will be running from Honiton High Street, Lace Walk to the showground, starting at 9 am. Discounted early bird tickets are available now at just £17.50 each and two accompanied children, under the age of 16 are admitted free with a paying adult.

Tickets are available to purchase via www.honitonshow.co.uk.  For more, call 01404 41794.