Since the Covid-19 pandemic, our Show has concentrated on underlining and affirming our farming heritage, which has paid off - as we buck the trend with growing entries and competitors rushing to support our show.
All entries apart from Showjumping and Horticulture are now closed, and we can already see that numbers are up for equestrian and cattle with 120 dairy stalls and 232 beef stalls booked – receiving more entries in these categories than we did before the Covid-19 pandemic.
With almost 500 pens booked for the sheep, we are expecting record numbers with 41 different breeds at this year’s show, and as a result, we are now seeing more interest in trade stands from within the agricultural industry.
This year we also have a new Show President, Mr Jan Boomaars; with seven generations of farmers in his family before him, he couldn’t have a greater passion for agriculture and food production.
Speaking of his new role he said “I’ve been attending and exhibiting cattle at Edenbridge & Oxted for many years now and it’s an event that’s very close to my heart. The quality of the show and its competitions rivals any ‘Royal’ or ‘County’ show and it’s a superb example of what a traditional agricultural event really should be. Being the best example of its kind in the South East and being so close to London I’m keen to see how we can help attract more visitors who haven’t connected with food and farming before.”
The timing of the E&O Show over the Sunday and Monday of the August bank holiday comes at the close of the harvest and show season, making it the ideal place for exhibitors to relax a little and enjoy time off the farm with friends.
Thousands of visitors will be coming to see the spectacle of the largest livestock show in the South East, to watch the amazing axemen and monster truck attractions and to enjoy the end of season ‘show specials’ from over 220 trade stands.
A refreshed Stockman’s bar and restaurant with catering from local suppliers using meat sourced from nearby farmers will be open to the public as well as to exhibitors, offering great value food and drink.
The show’s vintage section has now welcomed steam engines and boasts one of the finest, broadest collections of tractors and machinery. The historic finery continues with the real spectacle of the coaching class on the Sunday; an unusual sight at today’s agricultural shows.
Tickets bought online are valid for either day. Membership is perhaps the best value option at just £85 for two adults to visit on both days of the event whilst also allowing access to the Members’ Marquee which offers the best views of the Main Ring action.