Burwarton Show

Thursday 7 August 2014

Voted the Best one day agricultural show by readers of the Farmers’ Guardian in 2012.   Finalist in the Shropshire Tourism & Leisure Awards ‘Best Day Out’ category 2013.

Plans are now well in hand for the 2014 Burwarton Show with our ground staff on site next week marking out trade stand pitches, following which our contractors move in to erect the marquees, grandstand seating and much more.

The Show opens its doors to the public at 8.30 a.m. on Thursday 7 August with much to see and do all through the day  for all ages.

The Livestock and horse fields will be filled with wonderful displays of livestock and horses all enthusiastically competing for the coveted trophies.

Following judging of the pig classes, the Kune Kune Pig Society will be providing inter-active demonstrations of pig handling which should be fun to watch.

Another major attraction on the livestock field is the very popular Shearing competition which has been expanded to include a purpose built platform.

The Showground will be full of interesting trade stands – agricultural machinery, food, shopping, crafts, conservation, home, handicrafts, horticulture, honey and much more.

Other attractions include the opportunity of taking an alpaca on a mini-trek around the Mill Pool in the conservation area, Knowles Vintage Dairy, a vintage Bentley rescued from a tea plantation in Africa and fully restored, the KLSI military vehicle display,   vintage tractor and stationary engine displays and the majestic heavy horse classes in the main ring from 9.15 a.m.

The Main ring will be full of horse events throughout the morning culminating in the show jumping between 12 noon and 1.00. The afternoon programme of events starts at 1.15 p.m. with the Hawkeye Falconry display, 1.45 p.m. The Devil’s Horsemen Cossack Trick Riding, 2.15 p.m. vintage tractor parade, 2.35 Decorated Heavy horses, 2.45 p.m. Mounted Fancy Dress, 3.15 the Grand Parade of Livestock and Horses, a spectacle not to be missed.  4.00 p.m. sees the Best Tradestand and Long Service awards, 4.10 p.m. grand parade of carriages, 4.30 p.m. The Devil’s Horsemen return to the ring with their Wild West Spectacular, 5.00 p.m. Inter-Hunt competition, 5.45 p.m. Hawkeye Falconry Display 6.15 p.m. the Young Farmers Tug o’War (young vs veterans).   A packed programme of events throughout the afternoon for all ages.

We are also delighted to welcome THE SPOON GORILLA to this year’s Show. Standing at more than 3 metres tall and weighing 3.5 tonnes, this exhibit will be clearly visible.  Made from unwanted spoons collected from over 23 different countries, the talented sculptor, Alfie Bradley, dedicated 5 months of work to the creation of the gorilla which includes more than 40,000 spoons.  The British Ironwork Centre will also display its “Pop up charity garden” featuring metalwork flowers which will be on sale raising funds for the Severn Hospice.

The showground will be full of scarecrows as we have had over 50 entered in the Burwarton Scarecrow Trail which is raising funds for Oak Farm in Ditton Priors.  Remember to buy your trail map just inside the entrance gates for just £1.00 and enjoy marking the scarecrows on the various stands and of course viewing the goods displayed by the traders.  All completed trail maps should be handed in at either the Information Point by the Members’ Bar entrance or the Secretary’s Tent and the winner will be announced over the p.a. system late afternoon. Prizes include a complimentary family membership for the 2015 Burwarton Show and the chance to win a Hamper kindly donated by The Ludlow Hamper Company.

The public catering facilities will be enhanced by the inclusion of local food producers, namely G&R Tudge from Richards Castle, Keysells Farm from Tenbury Wells and P Faulkner from Richards Castle.  Severn Valley Roasts will also be on site with their popular pig roast.  These, together with other catering units will provide a wide variety of refreshments to suit all tastes.

The Members Pavilion will see new caterers, Ascari from Hereford, providing the dining facilities, and the Ludlow Brewing Company providing the bar facilities.     Membership needs to be purchased in advance by telephoning the Show Office soonest.

It should be noted that whilst we do not encourage visitors to bring dogs to the show especially in very hot weather, they are allowed provided they are kept on a lead all day but they are NOT allowed in the Livestock field or any of the marquees including the Members Pavilion.

Further information can be obtained by contact the Show Office staff on:

Telephone: 01746 787535
Fax: 01746 787540
Email: click for our contact form

Mail: The Show Office, Burwarton, Bridgnorth WV16 6QJ, Shropshire.

HORTICULTURE ENTRIES can be taken right up to and including Show morning. Please telephone Denise on 01746 718114.