Accessibility

Being a green field site spread over 90 acres we do have limitations regarding accessibility but we have put a range of practices and physical features in to place to make the site as accessible as possible and are always striving to improve. If the below does not answer your query please do not hesitate to contact the show office on 01392 353700 or info@dcshow.org

We give thanks to the following companies who are specifically supporting our efforts to improve accessibility at the show

Wheelchair friendly showground

The showground is wheelchair friendly with mostly surfaced roads and some tracked; please note that some marquees and features are on grass which at times could be uneven.

The Members, Vice President’s and President’s areas have ramped grass free access in to the pavilions. The lawn area is grass with ramped access.

Exhibitors are also requested where possible to offer step free access on to their trade stands. For 2024 there will be a new accessibility trade stand award to encourage more exhibitors to make their stands more accessible.

Hiring a mobility scooter

Mobility scooters are located outside Green Entrance – please pre-book by calling Newton Abbot Community Transport Association on 01626 335775 or email: shopmo@newtonabbotcta.org. Bookings start on or around 1st April and spaces are taken quickly so we advise booking in advance.

Public Transport

Step free, low floor buses service the showground up to every 15 minutes during the show. This includes buses direct from St. David’s station in Exeter. For more details regarding buses that service the show please see our ‘getting to the show’ section. Please note the bus stop is located just outside Brown Gate

Disabled parking

Forward parking is available in all our public car parks on a first come, first served basis, please display your Blue Badge.

Please note your badge is only required when being directed to the parking area, so if it required to use as proof of carer status when entering the show it can be removed from the car once parked.

Please note some parking is on grass

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the showground. There are some restrictions in place for all other dogs.

Show Land Train

Our land train (minibus) travels round the showground. It is perfect for those with limited mobility to move around the site. There is ramp access for wheel chairs on to the land train making it fully accessible for visitors.

Accessible WC facilities

We have accessible toilets in multiple locations (please see map). Many of these are portable. You can find permanent WC facilities in the Westpoint Arena building marked where Cattle and Security are located on the map. For the 2024 show thanks to support from Mud Control we will have a high dependency toilet which includes a hoist and table. This will be located outside next to the conference room entrance of the main Westpoint building.

There will be chairs positioned outside accessible toilets to be used if there is a queue for the toilets. 

Accessible viewing area

There is an accessible viewing area for the disabled alongside the public grandstand, overlooking the Main Arena. Access is from Road 8, alongside the Main Arena practise area.

Quiet Zone

For the 2024 show there will be a dedicated quiet zone located from the foyer of the Westpoint building. Sponsored by toy retailer, Hippychick, the space is available for the exclusive use of neurodivergent children and adults and their parents/carers where they can chill out and decompress if things become too overwhelming.  The zone will offer a calm setting with comfy seating, sensory lighting and toys. The zone will be stewarded and only one person and their carer(s) will be admitted at any one time.

In addition to the above Quiet space we also recommend the Bluebell woods located at the top of the showground beyond the sheep marquees as somewhere quite to go away from the main busy areas of the show.

Queuing

Please note at peak times you will experience delays/queues both parking and entering the show ground. We strongly recommend planning your journey accordingly.  Please note weekdays of the show are generally less busy in comparison to the Saturday. We advise arriving earlier in the day before queues build.

Lost People

Wristbands are available at all entrances and are suitable to be used by all ages including children and vulnerable individuals.

First Aid

In the event you require the assistance of medical professionals during the show we have multiple first aid points and a staffed medical centre (see show map). If you are unable to reach one of these locations without assistance please speak to one of our stewards who are located in the vicinity of each feature.

Tickets

We offer discounted packages for Disabled visitors with their carers.  Click here to book tickets.

Carers tickets are £7.50 in advance and are only valid when accompanying a registered disabled person with a full price ticket. Evidence of carer status must be provided at the entrance.

Acceptable paperwork includes

  • Attendance Allowance Letter (AA)
  • Carers’ Allowance Letter of Award
  • Disability Living Allowance Letter (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payments (AFIP)
  • Valid Blue Badge

For more information regarding access and facilities for specific needs please phone the Show Team on 01392 353700 or email info@dcshow.org

Please note carer tickets can only be purchased at the same time as a full priced ticket

BSL Signing

Two BSL interpreters from the Deaf Academy on Thursday will sign in tandem with commentaries for events across both the Main Arena and the Countryside (Phil Greed) Arena. 

BSL Time Table – Thursday 16th May

Phil Greed Arena – To side of commentary box
14:00 – 14:30 Meirion Owen and his Sheep Dog Display
15:00 – 15:45 Police Dog Display
Main Arena – On accessible platform
16:25 – 16:55 Vintage Tractors
16:55 – 17:25 Double Harness Scurry
17:25 – 17:55 Heavy Horse Demonstration