Top 10 reasons not to miss the New Forest Show this year
PUBLISHED: 09:03 13 July 2015
As New Park prepares to welcome visitors from all over the county, we take a look at the top ten reasons why this year's New Forest Show should not be missed
Taking place from July 28-30, at this year’s New Forest and Hampshire County Show it’s all about ‘Joining the Adventure’. There will be stacks of opportunities for families to take part in various activities across the showground, whilst learning about the countryside and its way of life. With something for everyone to enjoy, the Show is a fantastic day out for all. Make the most of your visit and pre-plan your day to ensure you don’t miss out…here are our top ten attractions to get you started.
1 - Household Cavalry Musical Ride
For the first time in the history of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, the world famous Household Cavalry Musical Ride will be appearing as a main ring attraction. Their dynamic musical display is a must see for all visitors to this year’s show. Crowds will be wowed by the soldiers in full state ceremonial uniform demonstrating their drills in their exhilarating Musical Ride.
2 - Join the Adventure
This year’s theme is ‘Join the Adventure’ which will provide plenty of opportunities for families to participate in a variety of exciting activities. Children can take part in an educational trail across the showground, where they will learn about the countryside way of life. And crowds will be entertained by the popular Dog and Duck show, Sheep Show and Axemen, who will be returning to the forest again this year.
3 - Main Ring Attractions
In addition to the world famous Household Cavalry Musical Ride, many of the popular New Forest Show attractions including The Ringwood Brewery Musical Drive, International Show Jumping and The Grand Parade of Livestock will be returning again this year to provide entertainment throughout the day for all the family.
4 - Children’s Activities
There are endless opportunities for children to get involved in a variety of activities across the showground this year, which are sure to keep them entertained. From interacting with farmyard animals, taking part in circus workshops and watching dance displays. Children will have lots of fun interacting with visitors to the Show.
5 - Countryside Area
The Countryside area will provide ring entertainment all day for everyone to enjoy. Crowds can look forward to Falconry displays, Gun Dog displays and police dogs will be performing too. Visitors who want to get involved will have the opportunity to participate in fly fishing as well as meeting local hounds and watching game cooking demonstrations.
6 - Women’s Institute
2015 marks a celebratory year for the WI, who first attended the New Forest Show in 1925. Their ‘100 Not Out’ theme celebrates their Centenary and will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn all about the Women’s Institute as well as the chance to talk to its members.
7 - Local Food and Farming
The local food and farming area will be showcasing the best local produce each day for visitors to enjoy. Watch top local chefs lead daily cooking demonstrations and visit the variety of stands from local producers, where visitors have the chance to sample delicious local produce.
8 - Meet the Animals
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show attracts plenty of livestock, which will be competing for top prizes this year. For 2015, The New Forest Show will be hosting the UK’s finest livestock in The National Dexter Show as well as amazing pigs in the national KuneKune Show. To top it off, there will also be over 600 sheep competing against one another to make for a true spectacle.
9 - Old Time Farming
Step back in time when you visit the Old Time Farming area. This enchanting corner of the showground will allow visitors to explore displays of vintage agricultural equipment and learn about how things have changed by watching re-enactments of traditional methods, including baking bread in a wood fired oven.
10 - Heart of the Forest
Learn all about the working forest when you visit the Heart of the Forest. Free lectures will be provided by various organisations who will be educating visitors about different areas of the New Forest using interactive displays. It’s a celebratory year for the New Forest, 2015 marks 10 years since it was awarded National Park status. The New Forest National Park Authority will be in the heart of the forest providing activities and information for all to enjoy.
• Interview with 94th New Forest Show President Tim Jackson - Tim Jackson, Principal of Sparsholt College, has been elected 94th President of the New Forest Show
• A walk in the New Forest National Park - Follow Steve Davison as he heads to the New Forest National Park for a 5 1/2 mile walk visiting the historic Rufus Stone