The countdown is on for this year’s Devon County Show

Preparations for the 123rd Devon County Show, which will be held on The countdown is on for this year’s Devon County ShowMay 17-19 at the Westpoint showground, Exeter, are well underway and reveal an exceptionally busy line-up of farming, food, rural life and entertainment.

“The Show is a once-a-year opportunity to experience the full variety and richness of life in Devon,” said Show Secretary Ollie Allen.

There will be thousands of farm animals and horses, a huge food and drink pavilion, a fabulous floral art, gardens and rural crafts feature, a busy countryside area, a wide variety of exciting and entertaining displays and, for the farmer visitor, plenty of agricultural machinery to look at.

Another new feature is the ‘Watering Hole’; visitors will be able to tuck into local food and drink whilst listening to a packed programme of music. On Thursday evening visitors will be able to stay late and listen to the ‘Queen tribute’ band ‘Rhapsody’ and on Friday night, ‘Sparks’ will be providing live band music to dance the night away!

Visitors will also be invited to take part in the celebrations for the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, which takes place on Show Saturday (19 May). 

“We are planning the greatest Royal wedding party in the county!” said Ollie. “There will be a big screen in The Watering Hole, showing live TV coverage, lots of bunting, a mass confetti throw, a wedding headgear competition and the chance to send your good wishes to the happy couple by tying a tag to the Royal wedding trees, either in the Crafts & Gardens Pavilion or the BBC Devon feature.  Afterwards the tags plus two suitable tree saplings will be sent to the ‘happy couple’ as a present from the Devon County Show visitors.” 

A packed entertainment programme sees the return to the main arena of the mighty Monster Trucks display team, the grand parade of livestock and a new feature, Zorb football. 

Some of Devon's leading marine conservation groups will be bringing the Devon coastlines to the Show for the first time; the Ocean Discovery Zone will have life-size models of marine life from the county’s coastal and ocean ecosystems.

The whole show is family friendly. Children can watch the miracle of chicks hatching, and meet plenty of other young animals and get hands-on at the children’s farm run by Farm Wise or take part in the ‘Show Trail’ competition across the showground.

There are plenty of opportunities for the visitors to get involved with activities with expert tuition from tractor driving to having-a-go on the 4 x 4 course or trying archery, fly fishing and target shooting.

The Show continues to offer free admission to children on Saturday; up to two children (aged 5-15) will be admitted free on Saturday when accompanied by a paying adult.

Ticket type

In advance

On the day

A pair of Silver Saturday badges:
Two adult badges include entrance to the Show and the Members’ Pavilion. 
Note: Badges are posted.






Over 60s



Over 60s

Buy One Get One Half Price
Valid for Thursday or Friday ONLY




Thursday or Friday ONLY (Aged 5-15) Valid for Thursday or Friday ONLY



Child Saturday ONLY (Aged 5-15)

*2 free children admitted per adult/over 60s. Valid Saturday only. 



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For further information contact: Anne Ashford, PR & Marketing for the Devon County Show on 01823 490965/07971 275840

Notes to editors:

  • The Devon County Show is one of the South West's most iconic and enduring annual events attracting up to 95,000 people.
  • The 2018 Show is the 123rd – the first was held in 1872
  • The Show is an impressive rural show window showcasing award-winning livestock, the finest food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant
  • The County Show is the flagship event of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which has played a leading role in the development of agriculture, education and the rural economy in Devon since its formation in 1872
  • The 2018 DCAA President is Edward Darke
  • The DCAA Chairman (an honorary position chairing the 100 strong Trustee Council body) is Mrs Mary Quicke MBE
  • The Honorary Show Director is Mr David Parish
  • The Show Secretary is Ollie Allen
  • The 2018 Devon County Show will be held on May 17, 18 and 19 at Westpoint, Exeter