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Dorset County Show

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The Dorset County Show returns this year with a range of attractions and activities for attendees of all ages. It has become one of the county’s largest annual outdoor events, attracting 60,000 visitors and is the flagship event for the Dorchester Agricultural Society. Agriculture sits at the core of the Show alongside rural trade, crafts and food; the traditional livestock judging, equine competitions and horticulture classes maintain the Show’s ethos and atmosphere while new ways of promoting farming have been introduced. 

The show hosts various displays and sections where the public can witness farming practices such as milking or shearing. In 2018 a brand-new education area was launched, Fabulous Food & Farming, full of hands-on learning stations about farms, food and heathy living. Additionally, the public enjoy a variety of attractions and 450 trade stands.

New for 2019 is the 'Dorchester Street' retail area, where the organisers will be showcasing all the different local suppliers that the county town has to offer. 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£18.00 per ticket
Camping (Tent/Caravan)£30.00 per ticket

Children under 16 free.

Dogs on leads welcome, not allowed in marquees or livestock areas.

Dorchester Showground
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Tel01305 264249

Opening Times

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Show will be sign posted from the Dorchester Ring Road. If you are approaching Dorchester from Yeovil (A37), Wimborne (A35) or Wareham (A352) follow the yellow signs. The Dorchester Showground is approximately 1 mile from the town centre inside the Ring Road. Turn towards Dorchester Town Centre at the Kingston Maurward College roundabout and take the first right. The Showground is on the left.

Public Transport Directions

By Train

Dorchester has two railway stations (South and West) and the Showground is approximately 20 minutes walk from either, alternatively a bus service will be available from the stations on Show days.

By Bus

A 'round robin' bus service will be available on Show days provided by Damory Coaches. It will pick up and drop off from various locations around Dorchester.

On Foot and By Bicycle

The Showground is accessible from both Greys Bridge (at the bottom on High West Street) and Blue Bridge (at the bottom of the Grove) footpaths. The footpath from Greys Bridge provides reasonable access for those in wheelchairs, motorised scooters and with push chairs.

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