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Surrey County Diamond Jubilee Show - commemorating World War 1

The Show will open from 8am - 6pm on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014 at Stoke Park, Guildford.

A short walk from Guildford’s bustling High Street and you enter another world, at the largest one-day agricultural show in the country. Download the flyer here.

Early Bird tickets available online until 17th May here.

Highlights  include:

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery

The Troop’s Musical Drive is one of the most exciting and spectacular displays of horsemanship in the world, most of which is carried out at the gallop.  It includes the renowned scissors movement where Gun teams cross at the centre of the arena with no visible gap between them.  

The Troop is stationed in Woolwich, London.  It’s duties include the firing of Royal Salutes on Royal Anniversaries and State occasions and providing a Gun carriage and a team of black horses for State and Military Funerals.  It also participates in the Remembrance Day Parade, the Lord Mayor’s Show and The Queen’s Birthday Parade.  In addition, The Troop performs the duties of Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards for a month each summer.
 

King's Troop Salute

100 Years of Farming Commemorating WW1 Display

Sponsored by the NFU: A snapshot in time as the farming community remembers the impact of the First World War on agriculture, showing how farmhands left the fields for the trenches, to be replaced by women, reserve soldiers and prisoners of war. A tribute marking the centenary of the outbreak of war at the start of a display looking back at arable farming over the past 100 years.

WWI & The Army

Bring your WW1 memorabilia to the Surrey Infantry Museum Road Show on first avenue behind the main grandstand. The Surrey Infantry Museum will have on display the uniforms and equipment of WW1 and will also offer help with advice and identification of any items you may have from that period as well as offering advice on how to research your family’s military history. The museum have already researched over 2,000 soldiers who served in the Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) and the East Surrey in 1914 and that information will be available for visitors to view. The Museum is normally located in the basement at The National Trust house: Clandon Park, West Clandon, and open to the public.

There are adjacent displays from the Parachute Regiment, The King’s Troop Royal Artillery, The Territorial Army and Help for the Heroes.
 

The Surrey Food Festival

Feeling hungry?  Step into the food hall and let temptation rip or glean inspiration from the expertise of the Masterchefs in the Rangemaster and Aga Food Theatre! 

Also discover ingredients grown locally for home cooking and inspiriation by your local producers at the Farmers Market.  This year our chefs are from London House, Stovells Restaurant, Four Gables Dining and Billingsgate in addition to a cheesemaking demonstration, plus prizes and give aways from John Negus, who will host Gardeners Question Time.

Billingsgate will discuss sustainable and rare fish. Bring your gardening questions to John Negus who will be giving away seeds and other samples during the day. Fernando Stovell from Stovells at Chobham is back at Surrey County for the second year running with his interesting talks and demonstrations. New to the show this year is Ben Piette from London House Restaurant, Old Woking.

Ben made it to the semi-finals of TV’s “Masterchef: The Professionals” in October 2010 and impressed judges on the show by displaying the skills honed over several years as a Hospitality Chef at McLaren. Ben (from Fréjus, in the South of France) has followed his dream as he opened London House in 2011, creating all his own dishes and menus, with the support of Lornette his partner, their families and the team.

Sir Graham Wilkinson bt has generously sponsored the cookery demonstrations. The food hall will be buzzing with samples, sales and tastings of food and the busy Food Theatre. If you are a foodie – don’t forget to visit the Farmers Market, near the Livestock, second avenue.

The Surrey County Horse Show

Horses are a big part of our show and Surrey is particularly renowned for the quality of its Hunter Championship and Mountain & Moorland classes.  New for this year are the Retrained Racehorse classes and Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Ponies.

Grand Prix Show Jumping

The show jumps for the Grade A, B and Grand Prix competitions stand around 5ft high, but the top ranking international horse and rider teams make them look like little practice fences.

Mullenscote Gun Dogs

Howard Kirkby provides an educational and fun show, incorporating various training methods that you can try at home, human and dog psychology and beautiful dogs of a variety of ages - from a puppy to a fully trained dog.

Plus our annual favourites:

Bandstand

With The Casablanca Steps, The Sigma String Quartet, Kelly Lee & Band and The Band of the Royal Artillery.The Pilgrim Morris Men will also be performing outside the Show Pub and at various locations around the showground.

Bee Keeping

At the east side of the showground, Guildford Beekeepers demo how to make gardens bee friendly so they stand a chance of survival. Discover also the Bee Keeping Marquees and their livestock!

Beef Cattle

These are the giants of the cattle world! Look out for jet black Aberdeen Angus, docile white-faced Herefords, glossy red Sussex and brown and white Beef Shorthorn. In addition to those ancient native breeds we have the massive creamy British Charolais and diminutive black Dexter.

Cage Birds

An informative display of cage birds with plenty of information on keeping and breeding birds at home.

Classic & Vintage Cars

Richard Cross has kindly organised classic and vintage cars from the British Airways Classic Vehicle Club and the Royal Automobile Club.

Companion Dog Show

The popular Companion Dog Show is back again, giving you the opportunity to bring your furry friend along and test your agility and skill! Entries £1 and all over 6 months welcome to enter classes such as Any Working Pedigree Dog, Best Rescue Dog and Dog Most Like Its Owner. Download the schedule of classes here.

Countryside Arena

Next to Jubilee Wood, the countryside arena features Fly Fishing, Huxley’s Experience Falconry Display and the popular Companion Dog Show.

Dairy Cattle

Dainty and doe-eyed, the Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey cows are a reminder of our farmers' pride and joy. Learn how to milk a cow in our dairy display!

The Eco and Woodland Areas

Showcasing the importance of woodland in Surrey and ways of living the green life using sustainable fuels. Come and watch craftsmen work magic with willow wands, find out about charcoal burning, wood turning, coppicing and carving. 

Falconry

Julian Ford has been bringing his owls, hawks and falcons to the Show for some years now. He will be flying the birds and also has a static display on first avenue.

Floristry

Merrist Wood College run the competitions in this marquee, which are open to all.  Annually new themes are chosen and the schedule will be available soon.

Fly Fishing

Talks and demonstrations in the countryside arena bring this sport to life, as well as fly tying at the Surrey Fly Fishing Stand.

Goats

Our Pygmy Goats on display are popular as pets and there are prizes for the best pet goat and the best kid at the Show. Their bigger dairy cousins represent the Saanen, Toggenburg, British Alpine, Anglo Nubian, Golden or British Guernsey breeds and there is also a display of Angora Goats.

Horse Classes

This year we have two new sections: Ridden Retrained Race Horses and Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Ponies, together with our usual side saddle, sports horses, in hand hunters, childrens ponies, mountain and moorland in-hand and mixed ridden, cobs, riding horses, working hunters and scurry driving classes.

Hot Air Balloon Challenge

The spectacular mass launch of hot air balloons from the main arena (weather permitting) makes the perfect finale to a great day.

Let's Talk Farming - National Farmers Union Food & Farming Roadshow

See the entertaining and informative farming roadshow with Johnny Ball.

The Livestock Arenas

Don’t miss the magnificent Cattle Parade in the Main Arena. The livestock competing for the championships and trophies represent the very best animals selected from herds and flocks across the South East. Each one is immaculately presented, the result of months of grooming and training, as the championships are fiercely contested and the showing ring is the shop window for the farming community.

Members Area

Membership of the charitable Surrey County Agricultural Society includes access to the Show and to so many great Show features! Find out more about becoming a member from as little as £17.50 here.

Poultry

Keeping your own hens in the garden is a fast growing hobby. Visit the poultry marquee and see the wide range of breeds, from fluffy footed Silky Bantams to Rhode Island Reds and heavyweight Orpingtons. There will be plenty of arks and equipment for sale at the show too, as well as experts to give advice. Download the schedule and entry form here.

Plumpton College

Specialising in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. Visit them at stand 377 on 2nd Avenue.

The Royal Artillery Band

In the Main Arena, glittering marching bands provide a stirring spectacle.

Sheep

Guildford and Godalming have woolsacks prominent in their coats of arms as the wealth of Surrey was based for centuries on wool. Explore the sheep marquees and find black-faced Suffolks, panda-faced Hampshire Downs, spotted Jacobs, muscular Texels and woolly-faced Southdowns. Visit The Sheep Show and meet Nobby the Norfolk Horn, Sam the Suffolk and their friends and watch sheep being shorn. 

Shopping Paradise

40 acres are set aside each year for shopping malls, packed with 350 trade stands selling everything from tractors to wellieboots, sheepskins to oriental spices, fashion clothes to hot tubs and garden furniture. There are two and a half miles of tents and marquees and to keep standards high we have 71 judges scrutinising everything from 1.5 tonne bulls to hens’ eggs, to hand knitted jumper displays and show horses!

Smallholder Pigs

These semi-serious pig championships are fast becoming very popular at Surrey, attracting Berkshire, Gloucester Old Spot, British Saddleback and Oxford Sandy and Blacks. The proper showing classes are complemented by fun classes, including for ‘the grumpiest pig’, ‘the pig most like its handler’ and ‘the pig the judge would most like to take home’!

Surrey County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs

Members of the Surrey Young Farmers Clubs will be promoting their social events and fun activities at their stand. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a young farmer – learn more about a local group near you. Kindly sponsored this year by Mr Bill Westnedge JP. Surrey Young Farmers also provide the Grand Arena working party under Colin Smith kindly sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. www.surreyyfc.co.uk

The Surrey Union Hunt

Founded in 1798 the Surrey Union is one of around 200 packs in the UK. It has a strong membership and is a friendly hunt that welcomes newcomers. The hounds are all child-friendly and just love being petted in the arena, so come on in and meet them. Legislation has changed the way in which British Hunts may hunt legally, which has resulted in the Surrey Union following laid fox trails instead of live quarry. www.foxhunters.net/surreyunion

Trade Exhibits Competition

Awards for the best trade exhibits at the Show.

Vintage Farm Machinery Display

This exhibition is situated adjacent to the Spectrum Entrance and has a wealth of vintage tractors and ploughs spanning the years.

The WI

Running three competitions for members to participate in this year, there will also be craft demonstrations and WI displays, plus the Country Markets.

Woodland & Forestry

Surrey is the most wooded county in the country. See this wonderful exhibit in Jubilee Wood, showcasing the importance of woodland in Surrey and ways of living the green life using sustainable fuels. Come and watch craftsmen work magic with willow wands, find out about charcoal burning, wood turning, coppicing and carving. In addition this year: fan birds, rustic furniture, countryside conservation, besom brooms and scythes, wood carving, Windsor chairs and a fascinating pole lathe to mention a few of the activities taking place.