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.
SHETLAND PONY GRAND NATIONAL 11.40AM & 4PM SUNDAY AND 11.05AM & 3.15PM MONDAY
There's no shortage of fun as the thrilling Shetland Pony Grand National makes a popular return to this year's Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show. Watch champion jockeys of tomorrow, all aged 9 - 14 and under 5'1" tall, race around the main ring with their eyes firmly on a place in the final. Choose your favourite pony, shout out encouragement and see if it wins!
BMXTRA EXCITING STUNT DISPLAYS NEW TO THIS YEAR'S SHOW
See the country's very best BMX riders performing a whole range of crazy tricks. Between thrilling aerial performances by leading stunt team Mobile Bike Events, the pros will be happy to answer questions and give encouraging advice. BMX, which is an abbreviation for bicycle motocross, originated in the US in the 70s and quickly became phenomenally popular. However, while the craze went global in the 80s, it did not make it into the Olympic Games until Beijing 2008. BMX is now a popular Olympic sport so get your little BMXers to visit the stand on the Village Green, get inspired by the team and the sky's the limit.
MEERKATS AND AN INTERACTIVE ANIMAL DISPLAY - hold and touch snakes, spiders, spitting cockroaches, scorpions, chinchillas and the Bearded Dragon!
Brand new NFU DISCOVERY BARN
The NFU's new educational roadshow, the Discovery Barn, was created with the help of the country's top experts from education and visitor attractions and it combines games with fact finding activities. The result is a fun and interactive experience to excite families about food and farming. Children can learn all about the ingredients in the ir Sunday roast, find out about farmland birds, learn about crops and their by-products and tap into tractors and technology. Inside the Discovery Barn are a Minute Mile challenge featuring Annabelle the dairy cow, British Sunday Roast Produce puzzle, The Farming Year maze, Farm Tour tractor experience, Farming flipboard quiz and Farming Champion bean bag throw. There are also activity booklets, stickers and leaflets among the giveaways for children.
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 2 beside the BMX bikes and near the Village Green, 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.