Country Pursuits

We aim for a country show that encompasses all aspects of rural living to entertain and educate people from all walks of life. There are plenty of country pursuits at the Show, many of which you can actually take part in!

14591804464_a975ef21a0_oOld Downs Pursuits join us again with their professional shooting instructors. They will guide you through your experience, whether you have tried this before or not.

Clay shooting can be a sport for all and there are smaller/lighter guns and cartridges available for ladies and younger visitors.

For more experienced clay shooters, either have a practice or enter the competition! Each day there will be a 50 Target Open competition: High Gun of £50.00; Second Prize of £30.00; Ladies High Gun Prize £30.00; Junior High Gun Prize £30.00 (Juniors under 17). There will also be a separate Side by Side class and pool shoot.

We’re delighted to bring back have-a-go archery to this year’s host of family-fun activities. Under the watchful eye Archeryof experienced instructors from Birds Hill Days, youngsters and adults alike can put their precision and accuracy to the test.

And there’s more…

If you like watching highly-trained dogs demonstrating their skills, the prestigious gundog event, the Queen Anne Cup, is running throughout the Show and the Falconry display will give you the opportunity to see birds of prey up close.

Vintage tractors, vehicles and machinery

A fantastic display with machinery dating back as far as 1897 including a steam engine-driven saw.

Harvesting in Action

Chandlers will show a crop of wheat, represented by a swath of straw, being harvested by a combine where the grain is separated from the straw and then unloaded into a trailer while on the move. The waste straw is then square baled ready for use for livestock bedding.

At the same time, they will demonstrate the power of hydraulics, as one tractor lifts another on its front mounted three point pick-up hitch, while lifting another on its rear linkage, a total lift weight of approximately 10 tons.