All about the 2019 Hertfordshire County Show - and WIN tickets!
PUBLISHED: 13:34 29 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:26 02 May 2019
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Two days of family fun, Hertfordshire County Show is a huge food and craft fair, an animal show, an arena spectacle, concert venue and celebration of the best of Herts
More than 30,000 people can't be wrong – roll up to the biggest event in the county calendar, the Hertfordshire County Show, for two days of fantastic family fun. This year the show celebrates even more of our fabulous county over the weekend of May 25 and 26 at the County Showground in Redbourn. There's more entertainment, more food and drink producers and more of Made in Hertfordshire.
There really is a huge amount to see and do, including the big crowd draws – the Jubilee Arena attractions. This year there will be displays by Atkinson Action Horses whose incredibly skilled horses have featured in Victoria, Poldark and Peaky Blinders. Sticking with horses, the scurry racing this year features the heads of six schools battling it out, so expect lots of excited schoolchildren cheering them on, while the Dinky Derby is a spectacle not to be missed.
On two wheels, there's the jawdropping stunts of Extreme Bike Battle, and on four, the dancing forklift trucks and hay bale racing of the Hertfordshire Farmers' Display.
A major draw in the arena on Sunday is a world record attempt tractor pull with the World's Stongest Man team.
Over on the Village Green, Classical Chorus and Rock Choir will perform show songs and classics on Saturday (they are in the Jubilee Arena on Sunday), and there's great local musical talent provided by Todd in the Hole. Here you can also check out the BMX displays, have a go at scaling the climbing wall and listen to the HIT Theatre's stories.
No-one will go hungry. Arrive early for a delicious breakfast or come later for pizza and prosecco. Enjoy everything from vintage cream teas and British bangers through to veggie Indian dishes and French crepes. The new Farmers' Bar and Kitchen led by top chef Anthony Horton-Tilley and his Harpenden company Gusto is a rustic hub of delicious food where he's promising 'casual dining with a modern twist'.
The food hall is bigger. Find homemade cakes and loads of varieties of cheese, bread and pastries to tempt you, as well as boutique whiskeys, gins, rums, cottage cider and fizz. Craft beers are served at Hertford's McMullen's pop-up pub and at Farr Brew's tepee bar. And look out for the Pimm's Teapot on the Village Green and the prosecco horsebox.
With its roots deep in Herts' agriculture, animals are of course a major attraction and there are four marquees of them. You'll find unusual varieties including red pole cattle, Leicester longwool and Kerry hill sheep.
See top class show jumping events and horse classes in the Horseworld Area and look out for the gentle giant heavy horses and the cheeky beagle pack in the Countryside Area. New Zealander Richard Savoury is back with his hilarious sheep show plus his new dog and duck show.
Little ones will love getting up close to the animals, especially the lambs, piglets (don't miss the piglet racing!) and other babies in the Farmyard Area. Here you'll also see machinery from the past and present, including a huge combine harvester, and learn just how our food gets to the table. This year there's even the opportunity to make your own lunch – from grinding grain into flatbread to adding locally-grown toppings. A farmer will be on hand to talk you through it.
Head for the Made in Hertfordshire marquee and new Etsy Hertfordshire marquee to find gifts galore that you won't find on the High Street. And enjoy some of the many demonstrations around the show of rural skills such as thatching, spinning and stonemasonry. New this year will be a forge where a farrier will be creating horseshoe artwork.
You can also get your pooch pampered and photographed (all well behaved dogs are welcome to the show) at The Secret Life of Pets 2 stand. While thanks to the new Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire's Entrepreneurs' Challenge, the event will showcase the cream of the county's great new talent.
Don't forget to visit the Hertfordshire Life stand too, we will be on the Village Green with loads of great prizes to give away plus we promise to get you on the front cover!
Sarah Moreland, show executive director, said, 'Every year we strive to make the show a bigger and better celebration of Hertfordshire. This year with the Etsy Hertfordshire Marquee and Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire's Entrepreneurs' Challenge, we've taken even bigger steps to promote the talent and trade within the county.
'We know it's going to be the place to be on the May bank holiday weekend for anyone who's not only looking for a great day out, but who wants to shop local and support the Hertfordshire community.'
Tickets to Hertfordshire County Show on May 25-26 are available from hertsshow.com
Q&A: show president John Humphreys
Have you a long history with Hertfordshire County Show?
Our seventh generation family farm machinery business, AT Oliver and Sons, has been serving agriculture in Hertfordshire since the 1820s. During that time we have greatly appreciated our involvement with the show as sponsors, exhibitors and supporters of the society. I joined the family business in 1969 from a farming background and I am very proud, both on behalf of myself and Olivers, to have been invited to be show president for 2019.
What does the show bring to the county?
It's become more and more a focal point for the meeting of 'town and country' – an occasion for the thousands of visitors to see a wonderful collection of farm animals, the latest hi-tech farm machinery and a full range of rural activities. It's also an opportunity to see all that is best in Hertfordshire, particularly with a visit to the Made in Hertfordshire marquee – one of the most popular trading sites and a credit to all who show off their wares.
What are you looking forward to most at the show?
It's a marvellous family day out organised by a dynamic and forward thinking leadership team. But without doubt it would be nowhere without the huge army of volunteer stewards who represent the heartbeat of the show. I'm looking forward to meeting and thanking as many of them as I can. I'm also looking forward to visiting as many areas of the showground as I can and being part of another entertaining and enjoyable two days viewing all that is best in our county.
Win family tickets to the show!
We have five family tickets to the show to give away worth £44 each (advance price). Tickets (two adults, three children) can be used on Saturday or Sunday. For your chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'County Show comp' in the subject field and your full name, address and contact number and answer this question: What's the name of the new not-on-the-high-street craft and gift marquee at the show? Closing date is May 7. Archant terms and conditions apply