Countryside Arena

Dogs, falcons, ducks and acrobats – the Countryside Arena has something for everyone.

Timetable of events coming soon.


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.