Get an authentic taste of countryside life in the Country Pursuits Village. This is where you’ll find all things country – country sports, demonstration of country skills, and displays of country animals.
Dogs, falcons, axemen and acrobats – the Countryside Arena has something for everyone. Prepare to be entertained…
If you’ve never witnessed equestrian performance art, now’s your chance. The Galloping Acrobats put on a fantastic show that thrills and entertains in equal measure.
Not a chainsaw in sight, Adams Axemen will demonstrate their ridiculously high level lumberjack skills. The country’s best known lumberjack display team will provide a huge chunk of entertainment for you and the family.
Ever seen a falcon swoop past at 150mph? Expert Falconers will demonstrate just what these magnificent birds can do at the Xtreme Falconry demonstration. You’ll also be able to see other impressive birds such as eagles, hawks, and owls.
Shetland Pony Display Team
Shetland ponies are stout and hardy, but also extremely intelligent. Come and see them at their best as teams of ponies compete against one another.
The Quack Pack
Sheepdogs aren’t just masters of herding sheep – they can herd ducks too! Don’t believe us? Come and watch the distinguished Quack Pack do their thing.
Gundog Training and Scurry Competitions
It’s easy to see why dogs are man’s best friend when you see how useful they can be. Watch these intelligent dogs take on challenges to retrieve in the fastest time possible. Demonstrations are held throughout the show.
Farriery And Blacksmithing
Farriery is hard enough to pronounce, let alone master. Watch the sparks fly as horseshoes are fitted and blacksmiths create a range of contemporary and traditional ironwork. This will give you a new appreciation of the ancient and highly skilled crafts of farriery and blacksmithing. We hold one of the largest competitions in the country and there’ll be a full programme with competitors from across the UK and beyond.
The highlight of the Forestry Area is undoubtedly the climbing poles. Competitors from across the country scale these huge poles as fast as possible in the Pole Climbing Championships. You can even have a go at scaling them yourself but be warned – it’s harder than it looks!
While in the Forestry Area, you can also check out other forestry-related activities and machinery, as well as get some expert advice on tree care.
For those fascinated by all things mechanical, the Countryside Arena will display a range of tractors, vintage commercial vehicles, and miniature steam engines. Get a real feel for the working life of yesteryear and enjoy the parades of Vintage Tractors and Farming Machinery.