Attractions

Every day we put on 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. 
  • Dazzling entertainment in five rings including Big Pete & the Grim Reaper Monster Trucks in the Rathbones Main Arena (on Friday & Saturday).
  • Relax at the NEW Devfest where street food, live music and plenty of seats are all under one gigantic roof.
  • Explore the NEW Ocean Discovery Zone through interactive and hands-on activities
  • Drive your own (mini) Monster Truck! (all three days)
  • There's a superb range of Westcountry craftware and handicrafts.
  • Fabulous flowers and plants!
  • A unique shopping experience – there's a huge range of beautiful items for the home and garden, lots you could buy as presents for your family and friends, as well as youself!
  • 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 - this year we celebrate 60 years of the Massey Ferguson with a parade of tractors from 1958 onwards!
  • Favourite film characters will be out and about in the avenues on Saturday.
  • Go for a ride on the Land Train around the showground.
  • There will be dogs galore! From the pedigree Dog Show to daily displays in the Country Life arena from Graham Watkins of Gamegoer and Meirion Owen, whose humorous sheepdog displays  combine the talents of clever Border Collies with his not quite so clever sheep!

Especially for youngsters:   

  • Children’s farm – watch the milking, get baking, plant seeds, see the Sheep Show and lots more.
  • Dive into the world beneath Devon's two coast lines in the new Ocean Discovery Zone.
  • Mini Monster Trucks - children, and the young at heart ,can drive replica monster trucks around a special, fun course [cost: £4 per child; £6 per child and adult]
  • The Mole Avon ‘Wheelie’ Wild Trail provides -on activities and/or demonstrations around the showground. Complete the trail booklet and post at any trail stop around the showground to be entered into a prize draw.
  • Spot the queen bee, taste local honeys, make a beeswax candle and find out more about these vitally important pollinators. 
  • Take a look at the work of young people and schools in the flower & garden junior competitions
  • Having fun at the fairground 
  • Meeting the Army and exploring some of their tanks


Rathbones Main Arena

Every day there's a packed programme of entertainment in the Rathbones Main Arena.

There will be outrageous antics with the Monster Truck show (on Friday and Saturday); a thrilling range of equestrian competitions; the Grand Parade of Livestock (on Friday and Saturday); and a display of farm machinery – from vintage to modern – everyday.

A full 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 Rathbones Main 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.

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 honeybees 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 to buy. 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 honeybees at work and see if they can spot the queen bee (she'll have a mark on her thorax but can still be tricky to find!).

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.

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.

Devfest

Our NEW Devfest is Devon's big party which takes place under one giant roof. Inside the red and blue marquee enjoy street food, live music and plenty of seats.

On Saturday, come and be part of the biggest Royal wedding celebrations in Devon and watch live coverage from Windsor on big screens.

Over the coming weeks we will update this page with more information about what you will be able to enjoy in Devfest. 

Throughout the Show there will be a mini music festival with live music on stages around the showground. From the BBC feature to the Westcountry Crafts & Gardens feature and the Rathbones Main Arena, as well as Devfest, there will be lots of musicians playing for your entertainment (check the Show programme, which will be published just before the Show, for full details).

 

 

Devon Eye - a giant Ferris wheel

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.

Come back to this page nearer to the Show when we'll be able to give you a breakdown of when different groups will be judged.

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 Westcountry 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 beautiful items galore!

Ocean Discovery Zone

For the first time the Show is hosting a major marine conservation area which will bring together organisations involved in marine conservation, education and research.

The Ocean Discovery Zone aims to raise awareness of marine conservation issues, through a series of interactive, hands-on and engaging activities delivered by some of Devon's leading and most interesting organisations, all of whom are striving to make a positive impact on the future of our oceans.

The Zone is staged by EdFest in partnership with South West Conservation Awareness Project and The Whale Workshop.

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 their hands at archery, fly fishing and target shooting under expert tuitilage.

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 on Saturday when the six highest placed Devon resident shearers from the open heats compete to decide the best Devon shearer at the 2018 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 spaces; from traditional tools to stylish garden furniture, you'll find everything you need.

Visit the Food and Drink pavilion 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.

An explosion of floral colour and contemporary crafts

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

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

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.

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

There will be many craftspeople in the pavilion offering a wide variety of handmade gifts, crafts and home-style goods produced in the Westcountry. Each item on display is unique and enables traditional skills to flourish.

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.