Close Icon

The Dorset Agricultural Society is making the final preparations for this year’s county show, which is expected to draw more than 40,000 visitors in less than a month’s time.

The much-loved event will be celebrating its 175th anniversary since its beginnings in 1840, which happens to be the same year that Thomas Hardy was born. It was started by a group of young farmers and has since continued to grow each year, becoming the largest event in the county’s agricultural calendar today.

There will also be over 2,000 animals on show at the event, which will include a number of rare breeds, as well as plenty of award-winning horses and livestock. Food will also be one of the main features of the Dorset County Show, with some of the most delicious local produce on display, ready for visitors staying in luxury Dorset holiday cottages to try.

Celebrate the best of Dorset at this anniversary event

Those with an interest in crafts will also be able to peruse a variety of stalls, selling everything from clothing to cupcakes, with local traders also attending to show off their goods. This makes the Dorset County Show a great opportunity to get to know what the county is renowned for producing.

Entertainment will come in the form of the White Helmets Motorcycle Team, as well as numerous displays by animals, including terrier and ferret racing. A smorgasbord of Dorset’s most famous chefs will also be appearing, with some giving demonstrations of how you can replicate their famous dishes in your own kitchen.

The event will be taking place on the weekend beginning September 5th, so ensure you make the most of the last of the summer days by attending. Tickets can be bought at the gate, but will be cheaper to buy in advance online.