New Forest Show Brockenhurst 2019 useful visitor information

The New Forest Show – all the information you need to plan your visit

Focusing on all the lowdown about how to get there, what’s on when, and planning your day

new forest show heavy horses 600The wonderful three day celebration of equestrian excellence, country pursuits, farming, food and family fun which is the annual New Forest and Hampshire County Show is almost upon us, everybody will be wondering what the weather’s going to be which will determine a number of decisions including footwear. First Top Tip – even if it’s not wellie weather protect your toes! 

Buying New Forest Show tickets

Although the early bird deadline has already passed you can still buy tickets online at a reduced price and there’s no admin charge for online purchases so we suggest it’s a good idea, see ticket details and sales here. Well worth buying online in advance if you're planning to travel by train - see below!

Getting to the New Forest Show, parking and other logistics

For all the lowdown about getting to the Show this year, parking and other logistics there is a dedicated page on the New Forest Show website: click here: "Getting Here"  

The Show organisers work hard to minimise queuing for as many visitors as possible and at the same time to disrupt local traffic as little as possible too. They’re constantly calculating traffic loads and flows and as a result tweaking routes from different directions. Non-show-bound locals should when necessary take suitable alternative routes (which we should all know!)

If you’ve bought an advanced ticket or are a Member you can travel free on the Shuttle Bus between Brockenhurst Station and the Showground.

new forest show children chicks 600Food and drink at the Show

Taking some food and drink with you will save money of course, but there will be a fantastic array of delicious food to tempt you as you wander – not only the food stands conveniently close to the tables and benches where you can rest your weary feet, but also Hampshire’s finest producers including the artisan food producing New Forest Marque members in the Local Produce Market - and the 51 stands from around the world in the Food Hall! 

Naturally you'll be able to refill water bottles at various locations.

Planning your day – what’s on when

If you want to get the most out of your day with a plan, you might find it useful now to take a look at the timetable of what’s on each day including the main show rings. 

Download a map of the showground to help with your planning

You can also download a free showground map from the Show website.

Main arenas: heavy horses, top class show jumping, meet the hounds and tractor tug of war (to name a few!)new forest show show jumping 600

For us, the highlight is always watching the majestic pairs of gleaming heavy horses, their sparkling harnesses jingling, in partnership with their immaculately turned out drivers brilliantly performing their perfectly synchronised Heavy Horse Musical Drive – such a special mix of sight and sounds to behold, there isn’t an adjective to do it justice, suffice to say it regularly prompts tears of emotion and is almost guaranteed to delight all ages.

Also not to be missed are the livestock parades and the top class show jumping, and great for the children is the opportunity to literally “meet the hounds”, and this year the tractor tug of war too.

Family entertainment at the Show

See more below in our top tips but as well as the usual (and very popular!) Family Fun Area and Discovery Zone, there are a couple of new entertainments this year including a canine arena with dog agility racing - own dogs welcome to take part but bear in mind it’s a long day out for a hot dog!

Our personal top tips for seeing as much as possible and having a great day out

new forest show pony club 600It’s a big show, it would be easy to miss something you want to see unless you have a bit of a plan.

Ours is to have a good wander in the morning and try and cover as much of the Show as possible  - including a walk through the livestock area early on when all the classes are taking place, and for families (and some adults!) a visit to the show farm where there’s the opportunity to hold chicks and stroke rabbits!

For both families and child-free a walk through the shady Forestry Commission corner is a very special experience.

Then in the afternoon we like to allow some time to just sit, watch and enjoy what’s going on in the main arenas.  We love the show jumping in which top national horses and riders compete along with the aspiring, and the action packed pony club mounted games. Whichever day of the Show you attend don't miss the heavy horses musical drive!

For those so inclined there are lots of opportunities to “get involved” (e.g. baking, cooking workshops...) Meanwhile the flowers are fabulous (especially the Fairweather’s Agapanthus displays), the enormous vegetables astonishing.

Later on a visit to the countryside area affords a chance to watch demonstrations and displays you'd wouldn't normally get a chance to see: not just gundogs and terriers but falcons and ferrets too, and a wander through the craft tents often introduces locals and visitors alike to something new, incredibly creative and desirable which one would never otherwise have discovered.

It just remains to say that we hope you all enjoy your day at the New Forest Show, however you decide to spend it!

July 2019

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