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Animals

Animals are at the heart of the show. Come and see the best of the Island’s farm animals: cattle; sheep; pigs; and poultry. 

Children

Children under 16 years old who are accompanied by an adult have free entry to the show.  There is plenty to see and do for children of all ages.

Country Pursuits

All welcome in the Country Pursuits area, showcasing teh best in the Isle of Wight's field sports. Have a go at Clay Pigeon shooting, meet the Isle of Wight Farmers Bloodhounds and the Isle of Wight Foot Beagles. Also including the Isle of Wight foxhounds and Isle of Wight Gun Dog Club.

Cyclists

Probably the best way to the show is on bicycle via the beautiful Red Squirrel Trail, a family friendly cycleway on old railway lines along the medina estuary from either Cowes or Newport. Click here to see a map of the route showing how to get into the show and for other Bicycle Island information. Why not ride the whole Red Squirrel Trail across Bicycle Island to the Islands beachside bay area http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island/red-squirrel-trail

Disabled facilities

The show ground is not level, but stewards are there to lend a helping hand.  Disabled toilets are available.

Dogs

Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome, but please note that dogs must not be taken into the livestock areas. Of course, all dog owners are asked to make sure they clean up after their dogs.

We will be holding a Fun Dog Show. So bring along your fun dog and enter on the day.

Eating

We have a variety of local food concessions to suit every taste - from burgers and hog roast to fish, vegetarian options and cream teas. You can find this area next to the Southern Co-op Food Pavilion on the Village Green.

Members can reserve tables in the Members Pavilion for lunch, or enjoy the new area in the Members' Enclosure for light refreshments.

First aid

A first aid post is provided .

Fun Dog Show

Entry on the day, this show begins at 2pm. There is also a 'Fastest Bonio' eating contest all day.

Garden & Outdoor Living - sponsored by Jewsons

This new area is an exciting addition to the Show and has something for everyone, from gardening to outdoor activities, for every pace of life, and lots of advice on how to get more out of life in our beautiful countryside.

Taking inspiration from the world's best gardening shows there will be seven inspirational Show Gardens created by local designers, organisations and charities to showcase their skills and inspire us all.

Horse Showing

Horse and pony classes will be taking place all day in two separate rings, starting at 9am.

Hygiene (re livestock)

Enjoy your visit and stay safe.  Farm animals even those that look clean, carry infections that can be harmful to people.  Washing your hand thoroughly with soap and water immediately after you have had contact with animals will reduce the risk of infection.
You will see signs and posters around the show reminding you to wash your hands.  Please use the wash hand basin near the livestock area, or the wash hand basins in the lavatories.

Wash your hands with soap and water after you have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal areas.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating or drinking.

Carers and Parents:  You must ensure that the children/people in your care wash their hands thoroughly.

I Love Wight Makers' Market

The stalls in the Makers' Market showcase the best of the Island's makers and designers with everything made right here on the Isle of Wight. There is also a workshop area so you can get involved in the making! Workshops start at 10am.

Island Arts Area

The Island Arts Area is showcasing the work of 20 local artists based on, and inspired by the Isle of Wight.

Lavatories

There are lavatories at the showground.

Livestock - sponsored by the NFU

LIvestock is at the heart of the Show as we celebrate farming on the Isle of Wight. Come and meet sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry in their respective marquees.

Livestock Demonstration Area

Throughout the day there will be classes and demonstations taking place to provide an insight into livestock farming on the Isle of Wight. This ring hosts the Jill Cawood Memorial Trophy competition for Young Handlers.

Have a Go at Calf Handling - children are invited into the ring to lead, stroke and learn about handling the animals.

Milking demonstration - come and watch Mary the Cow being milked.

Main Ring - sponsored by WightFibre

From 10.30, enjoy a range of entertainment in the Main Ring. Starting with the Opening Ceremony and marching band, followed by:

  • IW Pony Club
  • Speed Carving demonstration - you can bid on these sculptures later
  • Falconry display
  • Hunter Championship and Parade of Hounds
  • Gun Dogs display
  • IW Riding for the Disabled
  • Isle of Wight Speedway
  • Young Farmers v Old Farmers Tug of War
  • Tractor Display
  • Grand Parade of all championship and class winners

Members Enclosure and Pavilion - sponsored by Rouse Ltd

Members of the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society have access to the Members' Enclosure. Lunches must be booked in advance through the office.

We have introduced a new covered area beside the Pavilion where members and their families can relax and buy food and drinks without booking in advance.

Parking

There is plenty of free parking at the show ground.

Pigs - sponsored by Green, Roberts, Peak & Butler Veterinary Surgeons

Take the opportunity to look in on the Pig Section where showing classes start at 10am. Over pigs have come with their handlers from across southern England.

Show Jumping

A range of classes in the Show Jumping ring for junior and senior riders. There are a number of very talented riders and horses on the Isle of Wight - come and see them at work.

Show Theatre

Situated in the Garden & Outdoor Living Area, this theatre space will be hosting a variety of presentations, demonstations and workshops throughout the day including 'Gardener's Question Time. 

Tickets

Entry to the show is £8.00.
Children under 16 years of age are FREE, when accompanied by an adult

Tickets are available on the gate.

Advance tickets are available for £13.95 for a family (2 adults + children) through The Price is Wight.

Trade

Visit our range of traders around the main Show Jumping ring.

Trade stalls will also be in the Garden & Outdoor Living Area.

This year we have two new areas - the I Love Wight Makers' Market for you to meet artisan craftspeople and purchase their wares, and Island Arts, where local artists will be displaying art inspired by the Island.

Village Green 

The Village Green is a relaxed area at the heart of the Showground where you can enjoy your food, listen to music, watch the Morris Dancers and entertainment from Ryde Extreme Performers. We are also welcoming the Shade Makers carnival team and the Enchanted Isle Princesses.

Village Sports - sponsored by Wight Fibre

Another new area this year is the Village Sports Area, featuring primary school children from across the Island. The aim is to blend a mix of traditionsl village sports with more contemporary activities, including the egg & spoon race and welly wanging! Also in the Village Sports  will be the Cycle Wight track and a mini golf course.

Vintage and Classic Tractors and Commercial Vehicles

A key feature of these area is to highlight the changes and developments between the modern and classic vehicles on display.

Wifi

Free Wifi is provided for visitors by Wight Wireless - just log in with your name, email and postcode.

Wight Marque

Wight Marque members are part of a fully audited scheme so that you can have confidence they grow, rear and process truly local food. Come and meet them in the Food Pavilion.

Womens' Institute

The Isle of Wight Federation of Women's Institutes is once again hosting a marquee space where you can enjoy cream teas and cakes.

Young Farmers

Led by young people, for young people, the Young Farmers provides all members with a chance to develop their skills, work in local communities and travel around the country to meet other Young Farmer Clubs. Throughout the day, the Isle of Wight YFC will be taking part in various classes including the Jill Cawood Memorial Trophy and the 'Young v Old Farmers' Tug of War. Find the IW Young Farmers on Facebook to find out more.


The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.