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Kent County Show 15-17 July

PUBLISHED: 14:28 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:36 20 February 2013

Kent County Show 15-17 July

Kent County Show 15-17 July

Your essential guide to planning a great day out at the 82nd Kent County Show and behind the scenes with the people who make showtime an annual success

Kent County Show 15-17 July

Your essential guide to planning a great day out at the 82nd Kent County Show and behind the scenes with the people who make showtime an annual success

This year the Kent County Show will feature even more farming exhibits. The extensive Why Farming Matters in Kent area at the main entrance to the showground will tell the story of fruit in a county that produces world-class strawberries, raspberries, apples and pears.

The area will give visitors a chance to talk to farmers and growers, see cookery demonstrations, take part in interactive quizzes and get up close to some of the cutest farm animals youre ever likely to see.

The agricultural area of the Show welcomes back a large poultry and egg show, an indoor livestock ring, examples of modern farming equipment and demonstrations, including sheep sheering.

The new Clive Emson conference centre will become the cattle show rings and allow visitors ringside spectating in this new modern building. The livestock will be housed in huge marquees outside in the agricultural area.

Plan your day

Building on the success of last years Show, the Agricultural Society has commissioned a new web innovation and visitor feature. Visitors will be able to Plan their Day with a new itinerary tool, as well as following the build up to the Show through Facebook and Twitter.

The feature, which already has the majority of displays and competitions listed, will enable Kent County Show visitors to see what events are happening and at what time. You will be able to print out your own special itinerary ahead of your visit.

Village Green

The Village Green, new for 2010, will be returning and will feature even more attractions that reflect village life. Back this year is The Living Statue Company's Human Tree characters - The Living Topiary, plus village fte stalls, a coconut shy, swing-boats and much more.

Titan the Robot

Back by popular demand and following Titans visit to the final Big Brother house, the Kent County Show is delighted that the famous Robot is making an appearance. Have your photo taken with this giant and join the ranks of the rich and famous who have met him; Will Smith, Davina McCall, Jackie Chan and Rihanna!


One of the main ring attractions this year will be Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team, which first performed in July 1949. The unit is referred to as the Flying Gunners and volunteer soldiers drawn from across the Royal Regiment of Artillery man the team. Once a rider makes the team he is trained in numerous motorcycle skills, from precision riding to motor cross jumping.

Another main-ring attraction will be The Devils Horsemen, a highly skilled team of riders who have spent years training horses to complete complex and jaw-dropping stunts. Performing in the main ring on all three days, their main performances are Cossack and Wild West .


On Saturday evening The Greatest Take That Tribute band will perform, plus Show newcomers Los Salvadores, a local group whose songs draw on Kents rich history and folklore, providing traditional tales with a modern soundtrack on Saturday and Sunday. Fred Clark, a young, talented acoustic singer/songwriter from Maidstone, will take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday.


What: The Kent County Show is the largest three-day event in the country, with around 100,000 visitors each year

When: 15, 16 and 17 July

Open: 8am-6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Kent Showground, Detling, nr Maidstone ME14 3JF

How: Enter via the Main Gate off the A249 at the top of Detling Hill (between junction 7 of the M20 and junction 5 of the M2)

Parking: Ample free parking (including disabled). Nearest rail station is Maidstone East. A shuttle bus will run from the station to the Showground via Somerfield in King Street at half-hourly intervals from 8.30am.The last shuttle leaves the Showground at 6pm. Arriva service 333 also runs at hourly intervals from the Bus Station in Maidstone past the Showground.

Ticket prices: Book tickets online or via the ticket hotline (01622 633060) and save up to 52 per cent on the gate price. Adults can apply for up to two complimentary child tickets for every adult ticket purchased.

Pre-booked (before 8 July): Family (2 adults + 4 children): 35, Adult (two children): 17.50, Adult 17.50; Child (age 5-15): 6, Child (age 4 or less): free, OAP 12, Wheelchair user: free

On the gate: Family (2 adults + 4 children): 66, Family (2 adults + 2 children): 49,

Adult: 19.50, Child (age 5-15): 8.50, Child (age 4 or less): free, OAP: 13, Wheelchair user: free.


Jeremy Sutton

Head Groundsman, Kent Showground

Jeremy was born in Maidstone and has lived in Kent his whole life. He has been Head Groundsman for 12 years, but has worked at the Showground for 34 years. The role of the outside event team is varied and at times challenging, they are responsible for getting the showground in to tip-top condition, marking out ready for exhibitors and dealing with the dozens of contractors and services that are needed to hold a successful event.

Jeremy oversees the siting of all the additional services that are needed to cater for the 80,000 visitors each year. His team puts up all the signage, organises all temporary machinery, prepares the livestock areas, erects the ticket booths and carries out a multitude of other tasks essential to the smooth running of the County Show.

Jeremy enjoys the pressure of the job, problem solving and meeting people, the excitement and adrenalin keep him focused and he is looking forward to the livestock being in marquees for the first time in several decades - which no doubt will throw up new challenges.

His most memorable Show was when a catering van caught fire and he had to deal with the ensuing hysteria

Roz Day

Honorary Director, Chief Steward Flower Tent, Chairman of the Education Committee

Roz lives at a fifth-generation family Farm in Headcorn and has been in Kent her whole life. Her role as Chief Steward of the Flower Tent is to create an outstanding exhibition that showcases the floral diversity, talent and creativity of the horticultural and floral exhibitors.

As Honorary Director, she helps ensure the smooth running of the build-up to the Show, which she has been part of for 30 years. Each year she looks forward to teaching future generations about farming the land and promoting the Show.

Roz is a keen gardener herself, passionate about flowers and with a wide knowledge about plant and the specialists who grows them. She has run the Flower Tent for 18 years and has been Chairman of The Education Committee and Honorary Director for three years.

Roz, who is looking forward to promoting the schools competition and the display gardens, says her most memorable Show was 1977 when she became engaged to her future husband Will Day while in a Steam Engine Living Van.

George Jessel, DL

Chairman, Kent County Agricultural Society

Georges family has lived in Kent since the mid 1800s and George currently farms at Brabourne. As Chairman of the Agricultural Society he is responsible for the success of each annual event and plays an important part in inviting distinguished guests and overseeing all areas of the Show.

George is a Show Ambassador, with enormous passion and belief in the value and purpose not only of the Show but also of the Agricultural Society and more recently the new Kent Event Centre.

George loves wearing his bowler hat, a symbol representing the tradition of a County Show, and enjoys being part of a well-oiled process that puts together Kents largest outdoor event. He takes delight in the faces of visitors when a Spitfire flies overhead or when they see a well turned-out animal in the Livestock rings.

Chairman for six years and Vice-Chairman for four, he is looking forward this year to welcoming Rt Hon. Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Societys Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent.

George is famous for his quirky agricultural ties and donned his favourite for the visit in 2001 of The Count and Countess of Wessex. However, while showing the Countess the goat exhibits he discovered that his tie had been nibbled by one of the goats; needless to say, the Countess found it highly amusing.


For further information email info@kentshowground.co.uk or tel: 01622 630975

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