The 2022 North Devon Show - Credit: Sue Spear

PICTURES: North Devon Show makes triumphant return after two year absence

Joseph Bulmer

Thousands of people descended on Barton Farm in Umberleigh yesterday (Aug 3) for the 2022 North Devon Show.

After a two-year Covid enforced absence, the event was keenly anticipated, with a bumper crowd this year.

The show celebrates the region’s rural, agricultural and equestrian heritage and this year’s show also featured additional entertainment and activities, all geared at making it a special day out for the whole family.

Speaking ahead of the event Show Secretary Theresa Soanes said: “We are thrilled that the Show is back. You can tell from advance ticket sales and messages from the public that it’s been really missed by the North Devon community. A number of visiting tourists enjoy the event too, and this year we’ve make it as family friendly as possible, with extra entertainment laid on to accompany all the traditional events.”

The entertainment line-up included a Circus, Fairground Rides, Strongman, BMX Display Team, Laser Clay pigeon shooting plus Vintage Cars and Tractors. Also featured this year was a Live Music Stage with a host of acts to keep people entertained throughout the day, plus a brand new ‘Food Village’ and Crafts and Gifts Marquee.

Theresa Soanes added: “The last two years has been challenging for everyone, and for much of that time social and hospitality activities have been limited. Once we knew we were back for 2022 we were determined to put on a Show everyone can enjoy.”

All the traditional Show events went ahead, including most of the usual livestock classes, plus Pig and Poultry displays and a Horticultural Show. There were numerous Trade Stands, Equestrian events, Dog Shows and all the usual Main Ring activities.