The main ring offers a continuous programme of spectacles and competition, including some of the best horsemen and women competing in Britain this year and a large number of Horse of the Year Show qualifying classes. Throughout the two day Show the main ring also features exciting demonstrations with thrills and spills, parades of animals and historic machinery, the Cavalcades of Footpacks and Fox Hounds, the children’s mounted fancy dress parade and the ever-popular highlight – the Grand Parade of Cattle on the Monday afternoon. There are spectacles to delight all. A timetable of the main ring and the six outer competition rings can be found in the Plan Your Day section of the website.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2016 SHOW FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION. 2017 FEATURES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
HAVE A GO AT SLACKLINING
Slacklining is an extreme balance sport that stems from tightrope walking. It is great fun for anyone to try out and it is coming to the 2016 Show for the first time. Relatively new to the UK, this sport originated in California and is being taught at the Show by leading UK experts The Slackline School. Visitors can try FOR FREE to walk along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors just above the ground. The Slackline School team will give you tips and lend a hand - literally if necessary, as you try to balance. Challenge yourself or challenge your friends and family to a race; it's all fun but also trickier than it might first appear.
Slacklining works on personal focus, agility, core muscle groups and balance receptors as well as being both a relaxing and stimulating activity. The sport has been shown to be an amazing way to encourage people to take calculated and beneficial risks. Here is a brand new activity where the conventionally sporty do not necessarily have an advantage and the usually hesitant can surprise themselves with an enormous sense of achievement for taking part. It gets everyone involved and fosters usual respect and a positive atmosphere of community fun as they watch each other attempting the sport.
The Slackline School will be operating throughout the two days and is free to all visitors.
ACTION WHEELS cycling assault course
New this year is ACTION WHEELS, a free child-friendly Adventure Zone assault course for 2 - 12 year olds on bikes, created for children to navigate themselves around. The course encourages youngsters to practice riding over bups, seesaws and rough terrain. It is great fun and creates an opportunity to play with other young visitors and make new friends for the day. The bikes and safety gear are free to borrow and are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. Just turn up and have a free go.
MEERKATS AND AN INTERACTIVE ANIMAL DISPLAY - hold and touch snakes, spiders, spitting cockroaches, scorpions, chinchillas and the Bearded Dragon!
The Sheep Show does exactly what is at the heart of the whole Edenbridge Show – to entertain and educate all ages about the countryside. The New Zealand style presenters have become firm favourites with visitors as they provide a highly amusing spectacle at regular intervals throughout the two days. Nobby the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums. We learn about each breed’s attributes and how wool from the sheep's back becomes a jumper to wear. The shearing demonstration has a running commentary and has the audience captivated. The highlight of the show is the “The Sheep Show Hustle” - dancing sheep!! Find them near Gate 3a, south of the pig and sheep pens, with shows at 11am,12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on both days.
Have a go at milking and pick up a free Breed Booklet to identify different breeds of cattle, pigs and sheep in the Livestock Marquee.
The WI Marquee is jam-jar packed with home-made goodies to take home. Have a look at the high standard of the annual competition entrants and children can create something wonderful to take away with them in the Craft Corner.
The children’s Fairground area features a beautiful Victorian Carousel – adults welcome on board too! Around the showground are also a variety of rides to amuse the young – and in some cases not so young. These usually include a climbing wall, bumper boats, bouncy castle, giant walk-on-water bubbles and a 4x4 rough terrain driving course.