The New Forest Show is back - Hampshire
PUBLISHED: 12:32 22 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013
The New Forest Show is back, and this year it is set to be yet another successful three days filled with an abundance of activities, stalls and events as Jackie Neylon found out when she got her hands on the programme
Summer days in Hampshire often make you think of escaping to the countryside and what better way to enjoy a wonderful day out, than to visit one of the best County Shows in the UK, set in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest. The minute you enter the Showground you will be caught up in the fantastic atmosphere and with so much to see and do you will find it difficult to know where to start!
The Show began as a one day agricultural event back in 1921 with little more than a tent and some rope to which all horses, cattle, sheep and goats were tethered. Primarily started up in Bartley Cross for the judging and showing of cattle, pigs, goats, poultry, rabbits, vegetables, horses and ponies, the Society didnt move to the New Park site until 1964, originally operating from a two roomed office adjoined to the Mill Building. The site proved an ideal location for the Show and it soon flourished into a popular three day agricultural show taking place during the last week of July. Today the Show holds over 1500 horse and livestock classes, which include international, national and regional competitions. Also exhibited at the Show are over 900 rabbits as well as a collection of birds, donkeys, pigs and, for the first time, poultry.
Back by popular demand, Jamie Squibb and his magnificent motor cycle stunt riding team return to perform a wide selection of airborne gymnastic moves with great names including the superman seat grab, heel-clicker and kiss of death, all of which are all choreographed to music with continuous commentary, it is guaranteed to take your breath away! Also taking place in the Main Rings each day will be the Pony Club Mounted Games where teams of children compete in a variety of challenges, which are fantastic to watch! The Solent Dog Display Team will be providing exciting dog agility demonstrations alongside the other fantastic main ring attractions, including the Heavy Horse Musical Drive.
If youre looking to entertain the kids then The Heart Fun Zone Factory will be providing activities, shows and games for children of all ages including circus workshops, comedy mayhem and adventure wonderland stories. Or Longdown Activity Farm will be there with an assortment of small animals for children to interact with. If your children are a bit more grown up, Sandy Balls Discovery Zone is most definitely worth a visit where you can experience the wonders of the forest through various different tasks including scavenging, den building and potato branding. Also, throughout the year, children have been making farm visits in conjunction with Hampshire Country Learning and displays of their work will be exhibited at the Show every day. If thats not enough to please your little ones, then here is a whole raft of other activities for all the family to enjoy. Why not have a free go at scaling the gigantic 80ft climbing poles and get that perfect birds eye view of the Showground and surrounding countryside. Even the New Forest Food Experience Section has a special area for children the cookery event, giving children a hands on approach to cookery in a simple way pick it, make something with it and then eat it!
For those that are looking for a new hobby then there are many sections within the Show that allow you to get stuck in. The honey and bee marquee gives you the chance to make your own wax candles and see a live bee hive in action! The Womens Institute marquee are basing their classes around the theme of Wild and Wonderful, and the Blacksmiths section will again be providing live demonstrations and competitions throughout the week on a live working forge. The Art Pavilion will be displaying a large selection of work from local artists, which are all available to buy on the day but these do sell quickly so make sure you get there early. Other areas to visit include the Fine Crafted Wood tent, the Antiques marquee, the Adams Axemen display and the Sheep Shearing demonstration.
Did You Know?
300 stewards volunteer to help every year
Nearly 13,400 pints are pulled by Ringwood Brewery on the Showground
Over 2000 lunches are served at the show
30,000 items of crockery and cutlery
are used at the show
For all you keen gardeners looking for inspiration, follow your nose and inhale the captivating scents of the flower marquee, where you will find Hampshires answer to Chelsea. Many winners from the famous flower show will be attending and the National Southern Vegetable Championships are held here each year, giving you the opportunity to stand and wonder at the amazing giant vegetables. Did you know that they dig a hole of 14 feet to grow giant parsnips? There is also a wonderful flower arranging marquee that caters for all levels of expertise in its classes, from the professional to the enthusiastic amateur.
If crafts are more your thing then fear not, the Show will once again be boasting a large craft marquee where you will find true artisans, providing the most amazing array of different talents and unusual items to buy. Many do not have retail outlets so you will only find their work at a Show. The Forestry Commission can also be found here where it is given a large area to demonstrate its commercial traditional and environmental activities, it also has a wonderful picnic area so dont forget to pack a lunch.
In essence the Shows presence continues to be a focal meeting point for the Hampshire community and a showcase for agriculture, horticulture and many rural businesses within the New Forest. The Show is estimated to bring in around 15million pounds to the local economy every year so book your tickets now before its too late.
Tickets are on sale from the web site www.newforestshow.co.uk or via the credit card hotline 01590 622409 offering 20% off all tickets if you buy before July 11th so buy now and come and enjoy a truly wonderful traditional and entertaining agricultural show.
Buy your tickets before July 11th and save 20%!
There is so much to see and do, make sure you arrive early to ensure you have time to see everything!
Buy a show guide to plan your day so you dont miss anything.
The Local Food and Farming area has the New Forest Marque and Hampshire Fare producers in abundance, showing off the best of Hampshire with cookery demonstrations, mock auctions and informative talks.
Look up the timetable for the Main Attractions.
Get to the Flower marquee at 10am on Tuesday and you will be able to meet the judges who will have just finished selecting the prize winners. On Thursday, a bell will ring at 4pm and everything you have seen in the Flower tent will be for sale so take advantage and pick up flowers from these amazing flower companies including many 2011 Chelsea gold and silver winners.
Seize the unique opportunity to name a rose make sure you fill in the form with your choice in the Flower Tent.
Take a relaxing walk through the Forestry Commission area and enjoy the tranquil surroundings whilst learning about the countryside.
Visit the brand new poultry tent to see and hear the amazing variety of poultry at the Show.
The NFASS takes its charity responsibilities very seriously and their 2011 Charity of the Year is Hampshire Air Ambulance. The society also offers a further six free of charge trade stands to charities each year, and this year are pleased to welcome the:
Jubilee Sailing Trust
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
New Forest Mencap
British Horse Society