Race you to the Spring Countryside Show! Bring the family to celebrate Dorset’s rural life with racing pigs, comedy car acts, equestrian displays, exciting dog shows, free tractor rides, interactive farm exhibits, local crafts and lots of local food and drink. It’s going to a be a Fabulous Family Day out!
Join us June 8th and 9th at Turnpike Showground!
The Spring Countryside Show opens its gates on
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2024.

Click below to see the pre-show magazine: take a peek behind the scenes, see what's happening and plan your day with the timetable for everything that's happening!

 What is happening at the Spring Countryside Show 2024? 

Family is at the heart of the new look show which takes place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June at Turnpike Showground, in Motcombe, SP7 9PL. The two-day event is jam-packed with activities and attractions that children of all ages (and their grown ups!) will love.

Buckle up as the UK’s only Arena Comedy Car Act and Slapstick Stunt Show hurtles into the main show ring on the Saturday and Sunday. Marvel at madcap stunt clowns careering around in crazy cars. Will Dingle Fingle the undercover policeman finally catch up with car thief Slippery Sid? It’s Keystone Cops antics all the way – and watch out you don’t get soaked by the huge water cannon!
We’ve all heard of flying pigs but what about Joseph’s Amazing Racing Pigs? Five rare breed pigs will be hurdling over jumps and honking in a fun hog hoe-down on the Saturday.

On both days, Amanda Sandow will be performing with her troop of beautiful miniature spotted ponies: Trigger, Trampus, Dule and Sonny perform their Liberty Act in the Harts of Stur Rural Ring.

There’s also FREE tractor and trailer rides throughout the weekend, sponsored by Friars Moor Livestock in Sturminster Newton, an amazing array of world-class speakers in The Potting Shed, artisan crafts, aisles of traders and of course you’ll be spoiled for choice among the delicious Dorset foods and drinks.

Buy your tickets HERE – Adults £15, KIDS GO FREE!

(gate price – £17)

Children’s Group Scarecrow Competition

A chance for your school class, guides, brownies or scouts club to enter a competition to win a prize! Entry is FREE but you must be a group to enter. Entries close on the 14th April. All entries must be dropped off at the show office by 19th April at 1pm. 


Trade at the Show!

Trade Stand & Sponsorship Opportunities are available! Whether you are a Craft Producer, Food Trader, Floral Nursery or clothing stand – we have the space and price to suit your requirements. 

Interested in getting your brand noticed at the show?
We've got lots of packages available to fit all sorts of different opportunities. Please get in touch with us at office@gillinghamandshaftesburyshow.co.uk to discuss further!

The Spring Countryside Show opens on both days at 09:30 and closes at 17:00. 

A Schedule of events and times will be released nearer the Show. 

No, all days are valid for either day, but only one day of the Show. 

A timetable of events taking place at the Show will be available in early June. 

You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat after browsing the Show. Turnpike Showground is large enough to find a spot away from the main Show area to enjoy your picnic. Please do take all rubbish home with you or use the onsite bins provided.

We ask if you bring a dog that they are kept on a short lead, and kept under control and away from all Food stands. They will also not be permitted inside some marquees nor in the Farmyard Area of the Show.

There will be lots of hot food options to enjoy at the Show or  alternatively to enjoy at home. We even have some music for you to enjoy while eating the delicious foods you find!

Yes, you can ride your bike to the Showground and lock it to fencing onsite. Just follow the signs for Car Parking. 

The majority of Traders will accept card. However, we advise you bring plenty of cash just in case.

Due to the Showground being a field we cannot always guarantee perfect mobile signals for the card machines to work. 

There is a cash point located beside the Office. However, there is a charge. 

The Spring Countryside Show takes place mostly outside with a number of internal marquees. We do have a number of covered picnic areas in case of wet weather. 

The Car Park entrance is located along the B3081. 

Car Parking is free of charge with a Show Ticket. 

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