Dorset County Show

Dorset County Show

The Dorset County Show is a much-loved annual attraction and the only agricultural show in the South West to fall over a weekend. It has grown in leaps and bounds since it was first formed in 1841 with visitor numbers at their highest ever in 2012 – 60,000 people came to see what the show had to offer.

2015 show dates: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September

The Dorset Agricultural Society, organisers of the show, are anticipating that around 40,000 people will be attending  the 2015 show.

Around 2,000 animals are expected to be on the ground too, including more rare breeds than you will see anywhere else in the County. There will be all creatures great and small for the public to see – from massive burly bulls to miniature rabbits.

This year, the Dorset County Show will be celebrating its 175th anniversary. It’s an unbelievable milestone and has given the Society plenty of opportunity to learn how to entertain a large and diverse crowd with a unique blend of Dorset agricultural tradition as well as contemporary family attractions.

What is it about the Dorset County Show that makes it so special?

• It’s the largest major event on the agricultural calendar which gives it a distinctive party atmosphere
• It coincides with the Harvest Festival which ensures the cream of the crop in the horticulture tent
• The most delectable food from Dorset with a little help from our friends at Dorset Food & Drink who really know how to put on a Wessex Feast
• A homecraft tent which attracts more exhibits than any other show in the County
• Your one-stop shop for a garden shed, a shiny new car or a pair of ducks (so don’t forget your wallet!)
• An incredible collection of rare breeds including Greyface Dartmoors, Oxford Sandy & Blacks and Norfolk Horns

This year’s must see and dos:

• The White Helmets Motorcycle Team will rev you up with their full-throttle, daredevil stunts in the Main Ring.

• Four legs can be as thrilling as two wheels, as demonstrated by the terrier and ferret racing in the Countryside Arena.

• Love shopping? The show is a cornucopia of stands and stalls, selling everything from tractors to tiaras, windows to wellies, clothing to cupcakes.

Need to Know:

The Dorset County Show takes place in 2015 on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September. Gates open at 8:30.


View photos from a previous Dorset County Show

To find out more about this year’s Dorset County Show and to book tickets, visit the website at