Agricultural shows are one of the highlights of a Cornish summer, fantastic occasions with something for everyone. They range from small local shows like our favourites at Woolsery and Holsworthy to the big events like the Royal Cornwall Show which spread over three days.
At their heart are the animal classes, and there’s always a lot of competition amongst local farmers to win the coveted prizes for best in show, whether it’s sheep, cattle, heavy horses or even (ahem) pygmy goats – and yes, we’ll be competing at some of the shows with Maple, Misty and Morwenna who last year picked up three rosettes.
You’ll often see horse jumping, vintage tractors, or beautiful carriages in the main ring, along with Pony Club and Young Farmers competitions. At some of the bigger shows you may see motorbike displays, quad bike jumping or even monster trucks as well!
Away from the main ring you’ll find tents full of chickens, ducks, rabbits, and of course goats again. Plus flower and vegetable displays, rural crafts, the Women’s Institute tent, live music, and lots of delicious food to try.
Children love the shows, because there’s so much to see and do – everything from bouncy castles to ferret racing, duck-herding to birds of prey and owls. They really are a great day out and not to be missed if there’s one on while you’re staying with us.
Here are the shows within striking distance of West Woolley Farm in 2015:
21st to 23rd – Devon County Show – Westpoint Exeter The first of our big
County Shows. 1 1/2 hrs away www.devoncountyshow.co.uk
4th to 6th – Royal Cornwall Show – Wadebridge – One of the country’s leading shows. Unlikely you will see everything even if you go for all three days! Worth going to. 45 minutes away. www.royalcornwallshow.org
11th – Liskeard Show – Liskeard – About 1 1/2 hr away www.liskeardshow.org
13th – Stithians Show – Nr Truro – 2 hrs away www.stithiansshow.org.uk
25th – Mid Devon Show – Tiverton – Larger show 1 1/2hrs away www.middevonshow.co.uk
26th – Totnes and District Agricultural Show – Berry Pomeroy – A larger full agricultural show with lots of animals. About 1 3/4 to 2 hrs away. www.totnesshow.com
27th – Woolsery Show – Clovelly – Our nearest and one of our favorite shows. 10 mins away. A small local show with farm animals, horse jumping competitions, local stalls. Plenty to see and do and have a great leisurely day out in the grounds of Clovelly Court. www.woolseryshow.org.uk
30th – Launceston Agricultural Show – Egloskerry – The first more local show with plenty of animals. www.launcestonshow.co.uk
5th – North Devon Show – Umberleigh – Big agricultural show with lots going on well worth a day out. 45 mins away. www.northdevonshow.com
12th – Camelford Show – Small agricultural show 30 mins away.
13th – Okehampton Show – Larger show about 1 hr away just off A30 www.okehamptonshow.co.uk
20th – Chagford Show – Chagford – A full day out with lots of trade stands and displays in the middle of Dartmoor. About 1 hr away. www.chagfordshow.co.uk
27th – Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show – Halfway between Bude and Holsworthy about 15 mins away. Larger local show with an emphasis on agriculture. Lots of show farm animals, horse jumping competitions, displays in the ring and plenty of trade and food stands. One of our favorites, not to be missed and last of the season. www.holsworthyandstrattonagriculturalshow.co.uk