The Devon County Show is big. It’s a full pack your walking boots day out with something for everyone. The show spans over acres and acres around the showground with such a wide range of sights and sounds, it’s difficult to convey in blog post. So here we go…
After all, the Devon County Show is an agricultural show first and foremost. So there are areas for cattle, pigs, sheep and horses all the way down to guinea pigs. You can get up close to the winners proudly displaying their best of breed rosettes or watch the parades and demonstrations in the arenas. The dog displays were particular fascinating to watch.
Planning is key here. There is so much going on across the 6 arenas on all days of the show so if there is one particular display you are interested in, get a show guide and plan ahead. Or take a more laid back approach and you will stumble across numerous activities all around the show.
Food and drink (and more food)
Devon is a great hub for locally produced food and drink and has done a lot to put itself on the map for ‘foodie tourism’. So the food and drink marquee is a must visit, from cream teas to local cider and ales, to honey, cheeses, pies and everything in-between with complementary samples and lots of temptation…
One tip here – take plenty of cash. There is a cash machine onsite, somewhere, but finding it could be a long walk. A lot of the stands have card facilities, co use them where you can.
Motorcycle stunt riders, tug of war, mountain biking, vintage tractor parade, fly fishing, sheepdogs, the marching band, birds of prey, sheep shearing, rugby sevens…Try fitting that all into one day!
There is a large and diverse range of crafts to buy at the show including handmade jewellery, paintings and photographs, sculptures, needlework and crockery, carpets and children’s toys. The County Show is a unique retail experience where you meet the artists and producers to learn about their goods.
There are many trade stands representing Devon businesses from country goods to farm equipment to clothing and footwear. See garden furniture and interior decor, and car dealers with competitions and rock climbing adding a degree of intrigue and interest to their stands.
A funfair with lots of screaming. Expensive takeaway catering vans. A beautiful golden eagle in the birds of prey display. Did I mention the sheep shearing?
Should I go?
If you’re visiting Devon when the show takes place, the information above should help you decide. We had a great day out so here are our top tips:
- Arrive early to avoid the queues and make the most of your day.
- Take plenty of cash for those impulse purchases.
- Plan your day if there are particular displays you want to see.
- Stay late, avoid the traffic and chill out with a picnic before making your way home.
Read our guide for travelling to The Devon County Show.
Visit the official website for the Devon County Show.