The Kent County Show is finally back and this year’s festival promises to be busier than ever.
Returning for the first time since 2019, the show today kicks off one of the biggest events on the Kent calendar – so here’s everything you need to know about it.
This year the Kent County Show will once again be held at the Kent Showground in Detling, near Maidstone. Doors open from 8:30 a.m. each day and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Tickets cost £22 for adults and children under 14 can enter for free. Plenty of car parking will be available and Nu-Venture also offers a shuttle service to and from Maidstone East and Kings Street station from 9am to 6.15pm each day.
You can also follow the action with kmfm which will broadcast from the showground. Rob Wills will be live starting at 4 p.m. during Drivetime and Andy Walker will kick off the day on Saturday with the weekend breakfast starting at 7 a.m.
When you arrive at the show, there will be countless things to see and do – but don’t worry, we’re here to help break it all down.
First, the animals. The show is a big celebration of Kent’s farming and farming industry and brings with it many furry friends.
Wander through lines of sheep, cattle and goat marquees where you can meet the animals in their enclosures, and stop off at the Equine Village to riding demonstrations and pony rides with ponies who have a lot of experience with children.
You can also watch the show jumping lessons in the Astor Ring for a thrilling display of speed and agility, or catch the K9 Aqua Sport Dock Jumping Competition where your dog can compete in a swimming contest and wade through the water.
There will be a chance to watch the evening milking in the goat area towards the end of the day, watch the expert sheep shearing demonstrations and visit to the on-site dairy see cow milking contests.
Remember to make time for the majestic raptor showswhich will see these excellent hunters dive and soar through the skies in a stunning live show at the Countryside Ring and Woodland Ring every day.
For the first time, this year’s Kent County Show will host the Hogg Show, the UK’s only traveling pig show. Tom Hogg’s wonderful pigs will perform a hilarious and spectacular act near the breeding area every day.
There will also be pig agility competition in the countryside, game and canine ring throughout the weekend, as well as a fun sheep show of Ginger Sutton and the team, which has proven to be one of the favorites in recent years.
Even mythical creatures are making an appearance at this year’s show. Duke, the “real” unicorn with his colored man and his tail, will be at the Equine Village for a cuddle and a magical photo session during the three days.
There will be a chance to see almost all the show animals on Saturday Great Cattle Parade in the Ring of Astor, or at the Kent Young Farmers Clubs Zonewhere young people participate in their own show classes with animals such as cattle, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Once you’ve met all of the wonderful animals in the series, it might be time to enjoy the other entertainment on offer.
Each day of the Kent County Show will bring a new range of fabulous live musicincluding the Rock Choir, Mama’s Funkin’ Skunks, Lucky 13’s, Knights of Nevada, Ruby Sisterz and the Heart of Kent Show Choir, to name a few.
The phenomenal British Army Band Colchester will open and close the show on Saturday, and also wrap up the event on Sunday, so you have a few chances to watch them.
Enjoy a touch of nostalgia with the traditional show funfairwhich offers everything from chair-oplanes to the Ferris wheel or, for an extra dose of adrenaline, try your hand at clay pigeon shooting or watch the daring tricks and stunts of the Kent Youth Trials Club.
You can jump on the beautifully designed model railway and journey through the woods, where you can also participate in traditional forestry activities such as trug making, acacia hedge making, and chair making, as well as the art of horse drawn timber quarrying.
For transport enthusiasts, the model railway is just the tip of the iceberg. You can also stroll through the Heritage Section to see a plethora of vintage and heritage vehicles on display and watch the Parade of vintage vehicles three days to see them in motion.
Kids can also get in on the action with Class A driving schoolwhich will allow children to jump aboard a specially adapted car and drive on a course designed for young drivers.
Those with green thumbs can visit the garden living areawhich will host flower competitions, flower shows and educational sessions with the Kent Beekeepers Association.
Participating in all the different activities is sure to whet your appetite, so you might want to take a break from outdoor food market. You’ll find plenty of delicious food here, including burgers, fish and chips, Greek souvlaki, toast, and salads.
You can also visit produce stands and buy fresh strawberries, Kentish cheese and treats to take home, and stop to find local delicacies at the Produced in Kent and Eden Crafts areas.
Finally, if you’re in the mood to shop, Love Fairs will return to the show to host the Village of antiques and antiques with over 50 of their top dealers. Discover hidden treasures and collectibles while listening to retro tunes from live artists.
If vintage isn’t your thing, the show has more than 300 trade stands to browse, from Kent wine to garden furniture, so you’re sure to find something you like from a range of local and independent businesses.
With so much to see, do and enjoy throughout the weekend, this year’s Kent County Show is set to return bigger and better than ever.
The Kent County Show runs until Sunday July 10.