North Devon Show's new home

IT S an exciting year for the North Devon Show, the area s biggest one-day event and premier agricultural spectacle. On the traditional first Wednesday in August some 20,000 visitors are expected to make their way to a new show venue this year. Having lef

IT'S an exciting year for the North Devon Show, the area's biggest one-day event and premier agricultural spectacle.

On the traditional first Wednesday in August some 20,000 visitors are expected to make their way to a new show venue this year.

Having left its former site at Belle Vue, Huntshaw, the show is now setting up home at Umberleigh Barton Farm, on the A377 between Barnstaple and Umberleigh.

More than �40,000 has been spent on the new site to make better entrances for cars, including a 400 metre stone access track from the main road to the show field.


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The 100 acre site in the beautiful Taw Valley is divided half and half between the show field and parking provision.

"This is an exciting new site in a fabulous location in the heart of North Devon - a fantastic opportunity to show off what North Devon has to offer," says show secretary Debbie Siggs.

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Animals will take centre stage, once again. Horses, cattle, sheep, goats and alpacas will be judged, there will be horse jumping events, an open dog show and poultry display.

Trade stands, food halls, crafts, rural skills and country pursuits, vintage vehicles, children's amusements, the Women's Institute and Young Farmers' Clubs will also be playing their parts.

A range of added entertainments will also fill the main ring, including Chariots of Fire stunt ponies, Bideford Pipes and Drums, Victor Pitts and his dogs and ducks, Exeter XFactor flyball team, Torrington Streetz Dance Crew, falconry and hounds.

For more details see the Gazette's show feature next week.

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