Attractions

Every day we’re staging a non-stop, action-packed programme for the whole family to enjoy.

Highlights include:

  • Amazing animals – livestock, equine competitions, pedigree dog show and even bees!
  • The very best local food and drink – tuck in on the day and take away! And don’t miss demos every day. We're joined by 2-star Michelin chef Michael Caines on Thursday and Saturday only.
  • Dazzling entertainment in five rings including Monster Trucks (on Friday & Saturday).
  • Blooming flowers and crafts – don’t miss BBC Spotlight's Andy Breare’s allotment!
  • Devon Remembers - a river of handcrafted poppies to remember the 11,000 men and women of Devon who lost their lives in the First World War.
  • A unique shopping experience – from combine harvesters to cushions!
  • Devon Eye - a giant Ferris wheel - will give you a unique view across the showground and beyond
  • Get hands-on and drive a tractor or a 4 x 4
  • Historic steam engines and vintage tractors and vehicles
  • Titan, the comedy robot, and Jonty Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow - they will be out and about in the avenues on Saturday
  • Go for a ride with Lennie the Land Train around the showground
  • Love One Man and his Dog? Don’t miss Meirion Owen’s humorous sheepdog displays which combine the talents of clever Border Collies with his not quite so clever sheep
  • Marvel at the poise and balance of side saddle riding displays
  • Scrum down and enjoy the seven-a-side rugby match pitching Young Farmers against students from Bicton (Thursday only) encouraged by the one and only Big Chief from Exeter Chiefs
  • Tap your feet to the beat of the Royal Marines band (Thursday only) and the City of Exeter Pipes and Drums (Saturday only)
  • Dogs galore including daily displays by the Police dogs, Devon Dogs and Graham Watkins from Gamegoer
  • Exeter Chiefs will be bringing their family-fun, giant inflatable wall
  • On Saturday only the mascots from Devon's best-loved visitor attractions will be taking part in a fun race 

Especially for youngsters:

  • Children’s farm – watch the milking, get baking, plant seeds, see the Sheep Show and lots more
  • Bees and honey – spot the queen bee and make a candle
  • Flower & garden junior competitions
  • Fairground fun
  • Army display

Mole Valley Farmers Arena

Every day there's a packed programme of entertainment in the Mole Valley Farmers Arena - the Show’s main arena.

There will be outrageous antics of the Monster Trucks show (on Friday and Saturday); a thrilling range of equestrian competitions; the Grand Parade of Livestock (on Friday and Saturday); a display of farm machinery – from vintage to modern – everyday; and an hilarious Devon Attractions mascot race on Saturday.

A full events programme will be available nearer to the Show.

Big Pete & the Grim Reaper Monster Truck Show

Big Pete & the Grim Reaper Monster Truck Team will be one of the headline attractions in the Mole Valley Farmers Arena on Friday and Saturday.

Big Pete is one of Europe’s largest Monster Trucks with a full size American truck body, and is now partnered by the Grim Reaper. Weighing in at 7.5 tonnes, this awesome machine is built for one reason only – mass destruction! 

This is a chance to watch two real Monster Trucks at work jumping over cars and crushing cars and caravans. Jumping 15ft in the air is an impressive sight for any event, crushing anything in its path. See two Monster Trucks working alongside each other doing a tug of war pulling a car or a caravan in two. 

Between displays visitors will be able to meet the team in the holding area and have their photo taken with a real monster truck.

The monster truck show is kindly sponsored by Crealy Great Adventure Park and Radio Exe.

Thrilling BMX action

Extreme Bike Battle fuses multiple disciplines together for the ultimate, adrenaline-fuelled show.

Witness big-air BMX backflips, huge leaps from mountain bikes and super-fast, no-handed spins, as the riders push themselves to the limit against each other to perform an amazing spectacle visitors will not forget!

Like the show and want to have-a-go? The riders will be standing next to the Show Office to provide expert tuition. Bikes, helmets and pads will be provided. 

Make a beeline for the fantastic bees & honey marquee!

Devon Beekeepers’ Association pack the bees & honey feature with all things beekeeping from observation hives – so you can see how the bees behave in the colony – to showcasing the wide variety of honeys, wax and other products from the hive.

Expert beekeepers will be on hand to talk to anyone interested in this fascinating craft.

Visitors will be able to taste a selection of different honeys and learn about why there is such a wide variety of colours and flavours. There will be a good selection of jarred honey and honeycombs. Visitors will also be able to see the entries to the Honey Show competitions.

Children and adults will be able to make their own beeswax candles using pre-made beeswax sheets and a primed wick (there is a small charge to cover materials).

One of the biggest draws will be a glass observation hive, where visitors will be able to see a working colony.

There will be live beekeeping demonstrations throughout the day (weather permitting) with an experienced narrator talking through the day-to-day activities in the hive.

If you like having a go, there are lots of things for you to try at the Show!

Fancy being a tractor driver?! Get behind the wheel of a modern tractor and master the rudiments of tractor driving with an experienced instructor alongside. Remember to bring your driving licence! 

Or try your driving skills on our exciting Mason Kings 4 x 4 course behind the steam section. Again, remember to bring your driving licence.

In the Country Life & Woodland Area visitors can try archery, fishing and target shooting.

After the BMX bike shows, visitors can have a go at the tricks for themselves. The riders will be standing by to provide expert tuition. Bikes, helmets and pads will be provided. 

 

Connect with rural life

This large section of the showground provides something for anyone with an interest in the countryside; find out more about rural industries and crafts, as well as plenty of hands-on opportunities to try a new pursuit.

The arena demonstrations include gundog scurries, heavy horse work and the Young Farmers Clubs' tug o' war final. Visitors can get involved in many of the events and an informal atmosphere allows for a relaxed and informative time.

This section has experts with years' of field experience who want to share their knowledge and amaze visitors with the beauty and skills of their animals. There is a full programme of activities which includes demonstrations of working dogs and deer conservation.

Plus: have a go at the gentle art of fly casting, test your eye with archery and target shooting.

An explosion of floral colour and contemporary crafts

The Crafts & Gardening Pavilion will be our largest temporary structure measuring some 11,815 sq metres, bigger than a Premier League football pitch!

This giant marquee will be home to lots of Westcountry crafts, floral art and gardening competitions. 

In the entrance we’re staging Devon Remembers - our memorial to the men and women who lost their lives in the First World War.

Just step inside and be assailed by the colour, scents and interest which can only be found in Devon’s best garden nurseries and craft workshops.

BBC Spotlight’s Andy Breare will be demonstrating his passion for veg growing with his allotment garden feature.

And, of course, there will be sensational show gardens, peak-condition garden plants to buy and fabulous floral art competitions.

There will be many contemporary craftspeople in the marquee running trade stands offering a wide variety of gifts, crafts and home-style goods made here in the Westcountry.

Handicrafts including spinning, weaving, lace making, quilting and knitting will be demonstrated by skilled practitioners who will be only too happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors.

Inside the pavilion there will be space to enjoy a breather - a café will serve light refreshments and there will be musical entertainment including the 1940s-inspired Liberty Sisters and the Two Moors youth orchestra. 

 

Devon Eye - a giant Ferris wheel

Back for a second year is the Devon Eye, a giant Ferris wheel which provides  a unique view across the showground and beyond.

Costing more than £1 million, the Devon Eye stands 33m high, has 22 individual pods, and rotates slowly.

It is operated by Anderton & Rowlands, a Devon-based company which runs the oldest travelling fairground in the country.

Note: Rides cost £5 per adult, £3 per child.

The Dog Show

It’s all about pedigree and grooming at the Dog Show – visitors will be able to check out favourite breeds and see the best-of-the-best in the show rings.

We’re delighted to welcome Louis Kruger from South Africa to the Show – he’ll judge a group each day culminating in the Best in Show on Saturday.

Thursday – Pastoral, Utility & Working + Adult Handling
Friday – Toys & Hounds + Adult Handling
Saturday – Gundogs & Terriers + Junior & Adult Handling

The pedigree Dog Show schedule is available now. 

Everyone at the Dog Show would like to remind visitors not to leave dogs in their cars.

Get crafty!

Some of the most talented and creative crafts people will be demonstrating and exhibiting in the Crafts and Gardens Feature.

Traditional lace makers, quilters, spinners, dyers, weavers and knitters will be putting on demonstrations during the day.

As always there will be an opportunity for visitors to have a go at some of these handicrafts and benefit from expert tuition.

The marquee will again be stocked with individual stand holders too, making it a real shopping paradise of locally-made talent and ideas galore!

Live music!

Throughout the Show there will be a mini musical festival with live music on stages around the showground.

Enjoy a picnic or a sit down in Avenue K and a varied programme of music performed by groups and schools on the bandstand. On Thursday & Friday there will be music from 10am to 5pm and on Friday 10am to 8pm.

In the Crafts & Gardens feature there will be music from the Two Moors Festival's young musicians on Thursday and vintage harmony from The Liberty Sisters on Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday listen out for  HM Royal Marines Band and, on Saturday, the City of Exeter Pipes & Drums.

The shear factor!

Sheep shearing and wool production play an important part in Devon farming and the competitions are a great spectacle to watch - top competitors can shear a sheep in less than a minute!

Thursday - demonstrations all day showing shearing methods from the past and the present

Friday - junior and intermediate classes and Young Farmers' competitions

Saturday - a packed day of shearing competitions with competitors drawn not just from all over Britain but also from around the world competing in the elite Senior and Open competitions; also blade shearing and wool handling competitions.

A highlight is the Devon plate final at around 3.30pm when the six highest placed Devon resident shearers from the open heats compete to decide the best Devon shearer at this year’s County Show.

It’s hot stuff!

This feature has it all!  There will be fast action, roaring furnaces, the sounds and smells of hot metal and great competitions. 

Blacksmiths from all over the country will be pitting their skills against one another and demonstrating their live forging skills.

Farriers will also be hard at work! They have the added complication of working with a horse, which requires them to keep them calm as well as shape and fit a shoe to protect the hoof. Competitions for a number of top regional awards are always fiercely contested.

Westpoint Forge on Road 8 is ranked as one of the best facilities in the country. Not only does it serve the County Show, but throughout the remainder of the year it provides opportunities for people to sample the skills of the blacksmiths craft for themselves.

Steam Engines

Take a trip down memory lane and see machines and vehicles which are likely to outlast their modern equivalents with a history stretching back not just to the last century, but before.

Many of the steam exhibits were originally used as an essential part of the agricultural industry and are now kept in full working order by enthusiasts who love to share them with visitors at the Show.

You won't be able to find all this on the High Street!

We aim to provide a high street experience that reflects the best the South West has to offer all in the one place for just three days of the year.

We champion local businesses and artisans – it’s what we’re all about! We have everything from wellington boots to woollies, socks to speed boats and cars to hand-picked crafts.

Discover everything you need to furnish your home in authentic country style. Choose from a unique selection of contemporary furniture, collectables and handcrafted ceramics.

Pick up new ideas for your garden and outdoor space, from traditional tools to stylish garden furniture, you'll find everything you need.

Visit the Food and Drink Marquee for a huge selection of mouth-watering regional produce produced using traditional methods by local artisans.

Also, you will discover high-end fashion brands and homeware throughout our two miles of trade stands to provide you with a well-rounded shopping experience.

And, of course, if your interests are farming or equestrian, there are a wealth of specialist dealers and businesses which offer the range of products and advice you would expect from a major rural event.