Livestock classes at The North Devon Show are now open for entries - Credit: North Devon Show
Livestock classes at The North Devon Show are now open for entries - Credit: North Devon Show

North Devon Show announces grand return

Ami Wyllie
Ami Wyllie

Organisers for The North Devon Show have announced that the agricultural event will return this summer after a two-year absence during the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking place on Wednesday, August 3, the show will celebrate the region’s rural, agricultural and equestrian heritage, while providing entertainment and activities for all ages.

Livestock classes to find the best in breed will be back, and farmers are already able to entry their animals. A ‘Grand Parade of Livestock,’ showcasing the winning entries, will take place in the afternoon.

Other popular exhibitions, like the ‘Horticultural Show,’ dog show, equestrian events, trade stands and pig and poultry displays will also be returning to the show, along with a stage to provide live music entertainment.

The event will take place at Barton Farm, and advanced ticket holders will get free bus travel to the site - Credit: North Devon Show
The event will take place at Barton Farm, and advanced ticket holders will get free bus travel to the site - Credit: North Devon Show

A new ‘Food Village,’ with around 20 stalls, will be created in place of the old food hall and will be situated near a marquee dedicated to crafts and gifts.

A bumper ‘side show’ of entertainment has been planned and will include a circus, strongman Mighty Adrian Smith, a BMX Display team, laser clay pigeon shooting, vintage cars, tractors and a fairground complete with rides.

Sharing her excitement for the upcoming event, Show Secretary, Theresa Soanes said: “We’re all delighted that the Show is back, and from the messages we’ve received it’s been really missed by the North Devon public.

“A number of visiting tourists enjoy the event too, and this year we’d like to make it as family friendly as possible, with extra entertainment laid on to accompany all the traditional events.”

Keeping with the tradition of previous shows, the event will be held at Barton Farm, Umberleigh, from 8am – 6pm.

A sideshow of entertainment, including a circus and a BMX display team, has been planned - Credit: North Devon Show
A sideshow of entertainment, including a circus and a BMX display team, has been planned - Credit: North Devon Show

To encourage environmentally friendly travel and better accommodate guest access to the rural location, organisers of The North Devon Show have partnered with Stagecoach to provide free bus travel to those holding advance tickets.

Theresa said: “I’m so pleased we can offer this to everyone who buys a ticket in advance. Busses will go from Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington and South Molton, plus a link from Umberleigh railway station too.

“It really encourages use of public transport and it allows you to be dropped off right at the entrance, with priority access for all the busses, so no worrying about car queues. It helps everyone do their bit for the environment, and save on carbon emissions.”

Advance tickets are now available to purchase from various outlets across the region - for details of where and how to purchase tickets see NorthDevonShow.com

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