Plan Your Day
With a 140 acre showground offering non-stop entertainment and activities, here is some advance information to help you make the most of your day.
The gates open at 8am on both days. By each entrance are programme sellers with details of all the attractions and competitions, a detailed timetable and a colour-coded map at the back to help you find your way around. There are also signposts all around the showground.
When you first get to the showground make your way to the Children's Cookalong area which is coming for the first time to the Show beside the Food Marquee. Sign up there for a free children's workshop. The Children's Cookalong will be led by chefs Kate Morris and Sally Brown who devise recipes for CBeebies cookery series including the very popular long-running "I Can Cook" which is now broadcast in more than 150 countries. They really know what gets young cooks interested as they were the very first cooks to offer cookery classes to under fives more than a decade ago when the concept was unheard of and they are now involved with implementing the Schools Food Plan which made cooking part of the curriculum for Key Stage One.
Free half hour sessions will be taking place throughout the two day Show at 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Kate and Sally want to take children on a fast trip to Thailand to make and eat their tasty and colourful Mango Salad, just one of over 40 recipes in their latest book "The World in my Kitchen" - a book design to take children aged 5 - 12 years away to far flung places around the world by recreating the smells and flavours of some of the traditional dishes from countries as diverse as Finland and China. "Smell Training" will be offered to children who drop in to meet them, using ingredients from the recipes in the book.
The country's very best BMX riders are a special addition to the Show this year for the first time. You can expect to see a whole range of crazy tricks and jaw dropping stunts during their exciting aerial performances. Between shows there will be opportunities to come and chat to the pros so if you have any questions or need advice the team will be happy to talk to you. Displays at 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.45pm and 4.15pm on both days
SHETLAND PONY GRAND NATIONAL
It's fast, furious and fun! There's not shortage of excitement as the thrilling Shetland Pony Grand national makes a popular return to this year's Show. Watch champion jockeys of tomorrow, all aged 9 - 14 ad under 5'1" tall, race around the main ring with their eyes firmly on a place in the final. Catch the thrills in the Main Ring on Sunday 27th at 11.40am and 3.30pm and on Bank Holiday Monday at 11.05am and 3.15pm.
MEET THE MEERKATS
Don't miss the Meerkat Magic at this year's Show - Meerkats are coming to the Show for the first time ever. Don't we just love these fascinating creatures who have such strong family bonds with such amusing interactions as they play in their family units? What a chance to get right up close to these wonderful animals, take your own Meerkat memento photos, watch them playing together and talk to the expert handlers all about the individual characters.
Meet the Meerkats at a special marquee near the Dog Agility Course in the Country Sports section and entry into the enclosure is free.
INTERACTIVE ANIMAL CENTRE
Next to the Meet the Meerkats Enclosure will be a brand new Interactive Animal Centre. The Show has always been the place to get really face to face with farmyard animals but never before has there been an area where visitors can hold, touch and be photographed with huge hairy spiders, massive snakes, hissing cockroaches, scary scorpions, cuddly chinchillas and the magnificent Bearded Dragon. You can be as brave as you wish or just enjoy these wonderful exotic creatures by watching from afar. The whole experience is free to visitors.
A varied programme of LIVE MUSIC at the BANDSTAND is available for visitors to enjoy as they relax and enjoy a freshly-cooked meal or an ice cream in the refreshments area.
Bring a picnic or visit the Food Hall for regional delicacies or the Food Court for freshly-cooked refreshments and there are Real Ale Beer tents, freshly squeezed lemonade stands and other drinks outlets around the showground. There is a family picnic area. Visitors may obtain an exit stamp on their hand and go out of the gates back to the car with their many purchases from the shops and bring back their picnic baskets but please do not at any time leave an animal in the car.
With over 1500 horses, ponies and donkeys competing in over 140 classes there is plenty of choice for spectators but children keen on riding can also turn up and take part in the Gymkhana events on Sunday afternoon in Ring Two. These include Junior Jumping, Bareback Jumping, Mug Race, Chases Me Charlie competition and the Potato Race – for details of how to take part look at the Horse Schedule found in the COMPETING section.
Bring your dog to take part in the ever –popular Companion Dog Show in the Country Sports area on the Monday of the Show. Entries are taken from 9am and judging commences at 12.00pm. All dog owners can enter and there are classes for pedigrees and crossbreeds. The timetable of events section includes details of the two days of events, competitions and demonstrations in the Dog Section. All dogs are very welcome to come into the showground free of charge but must be kept on a lead and no dog is permitted to enter the livestock tents. Please do not leave any dog in the car.
Everyone is invited to attend a Holy Communion church service at 8.15am on Sunday morning, to be conducted by Rev Kathryn Percival of St Peter & St Paul's, Lingfield, one of the Show's two vicars. The new Archdeacon of Reigate, the Ven Canon Moira Astin will preach the sermon. It is being held in the Members' Enclosure and all visitors will be able to gain access to that area in order to attend the service.
In case of emergency the Show Secretary’s Office is in a double decker bus on the eastern edge of the main show ring and you will also see voluntary stewards driving in golf buggies, linked by walkie talkies and ready to help visitors. There is a tannoy system for emergency messages. There are two first aid posts clearly signposted, one on the South Eastern perimeter near the angling in the Country Sports area and one on the Western edge near the Rabbits and Poultry Marquee and Shopping Arcade Block F.