Guest Blog Post - Mid Devon Show 

A must date for your summer diary is the 27th July when the Mid Devon Show hold its 26th annual event. Hosted by the National Trust in the beautiful grounds of the Knightshayes Estate this is truly a gem in the South West’s Calendar. This year`s nominated charity is Farms for City Children who offer breaks for city children in one of their three farming locations. Our nearest one is just outside Exeter and they provide invaluable experiences for young people in the South West and further afield.

This year continues with a packed entertainment schedule in the main ring. The main attraction being the Devils Horseman. Normally seen on the big screen they are bringing the magic and stunts from the movies to Devon. There is also scurry driving, Young Farmers competitions, heavy horses, the Grand Parade, majorette demonstration, vintage tractor parade, pony club games and the parade of Hounds.

Away from the main ring we have one of the biggest livestock competitions in the country. With cattle, sheep, horses and Pygmy Goats all competing for the top prizes. The countryside area is packed full of exhibits and demonstrations. From ferret racing, birds of prey and pony displays. We also have the hilarious and ever popular sheep show returning in 2019. If you have seen it, you will want to see it again, if you have not then it’s a must to visit this year.

We also welcome back our demonstrators which is unique to the Mid Devon Show. Local companies show off their latest equipment in the demonstration area and it is amazing to get up close and see these massive bits of equipment at work.

Our 2019 food marquee is the biggest in the history of the show with over 50 producers from all over the South West. local gins, ciders and cheeses are always a great hit together with breads, pastries and hot food make the food hall one of the most popular parts of the show.

This year we are pleased to announce that children 15 and under will gain FREE entry to the show. We hope this will help young families to attend and enjoy all the attractions for the kids. On that note we have loads going on for the youngsters. funfair rides, bouncy castles, archery, climbing wall, trampolines, bungee, face painting, paintball, donkey Rides and so much more. We also have a big classic car display, music festival, youth village, churches marquee, flower marquee, Women’s Institute, vintage tractors and Young Farmers' marquee.

Last and not least is shopping and we welcome hundreds of traders from across the South West. You will find anything from jewellery to hot tubs or hats to brand new cars. There really is something for everyone and all of our traders are South West based so you know you are supporting local businesses. Another lovely shopping area is the Magpie Market Marquee full of small artisan traders who create a unique market environment and you will be surprised at the lovely items you can find.

Of course, there are the various food outlets serving everything you could possibly want to eat and supported by two local public bars

Getting to the show is really easy with it being located within walking distance of Tiverton. You can also catch the FREE bus service from the surrounding area, missing all the queues and arriving on the doorstep. This also includes the FREE park and ride service from just outside Tiverton. The show does also have two FREE carparks adjacent to the show field.

The Mid Devon Show truly is a great day out celebrating everything that the South West has to offer.

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