Welcome to the Moreton-in-Marsh Show
The 2013 Moreton-in-Marsh Show - Saturday 7th September - is going to be a wonderful event for all the family and one we’re sure you won’t want to miss, so round up all your friends and family and come along on Saturday 7th September to enjoy a true Cotswold countryside event like no other.
You’ll quickly discover there’s far more to the Moreton-in-Marsh Show than you imagined.
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show is a traditional one day Agricultural and Horse Show which is held on the first Saturday in September each year. It is one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the UK and attracts over 20,000 visitors each year.
The Show is held in a parkland setting with no permanent buildings, so is built up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving a true country show atmosphere.
What you can see at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show?
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show has all the charm of a traditional country show and offers something for everyone. Competitions are held for horses, cattle (including the National Show of Poll Hereford Cattle), sheep (including the National Show of Cotswold Sheep), goats, poultry, dogs, crafts, flowers and even scarecrows.
There are also over 300 trade stands selling everything from farm equipment and gardening gear to designer clothes and toys, as well as a wide selection of food and drink in our Country Larder Food Hall.
All of this is complemented by a full day of family entertainment.
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show aims to promote horses through education and competition. Horses have been an important part of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show for many generations. The show offers a diverse range of classes in recognition of the many types of horses within the county and is leading the way on the showing circuit.
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show is renowned for its friendly approach, and offers competitors the chance to qualify for national championships and also the prestigious Horse of the Year Show. We expect to see around 950 entries in the showing classes each year, plus another 100 entries in Show Jumping.
Livestock are a vital feature of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show. The show hosts the National Shows of Poll Hereford Cattle and Cotswold Sheep - the former, although based in the next county, usually attracts entries from as far away as southern Scotland and all over England and Wales; the latter is more locally based but is still likely to produce over 100 entries.
These are supported by a full range of classes for Dual Purpose and Beef Breeds of cattle and 15 sections of sheep classes, not counting Rare Breeds. Both Dairy and Inspection classes are held for Goats together with 8 classes for Pygmy Goats.
Poultry are housed in their own large marquee where over 100 classes are staged and some stock is available for sale.
Home and Garden
The Home and Garden Section is the one area of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show which allows local people of all ages and skill levels to come and display what they have produced with their own hands during the year. The range of classes includes handicrafts, home cooking, art, photography, floral displays, wines, WI, and an ever-growing and permanently popular children's section.
The Grand Arena Attraction for this year will be Bolddog Lings Display Team whose show features the UK’s top ranked freestyle motocross riders, incorporating the latest heart stopping tricks as usually only seen on TV. The team set the standard 12 years ago and now continues to push the boundaries of FMX and lead the way for all motorcycle display teams
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show also has a dedicated Attractions Arena which this year will feature Jive Pony and their new show which includes Serah Cragg and her pure breed Spanish horse Hidalgo straight from the heart of Andalusia
The Attractions Arena also hosts the Vintage Tractor Parade, Vintage Motorcycles and the ever popular terrier racing.
Alongside the Attractions Arena is a smaller display ring which features our ever popular ‘Mix and Mingle’ acts.
Have you ever seen an Omlet Eglu? (for those of you not in the know it is a ‘funky looking chicken house’ made from recycled polythene!) These days poultry keeping is becoming more and more fashionable and you can find out all about it in our Poultry Tent, which has now been granted Regional Status.
There are more and more traditional breeds appearing at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show, with more than 100 classes including poultry, bantams, ducks, geese, turkeys, eggs and also junior exhibitors. Best of all if you can provide a good home and have a suitable container to take them home in there will be a limited amount of stock to buy on the day - what could be better than your own very fresh eggs!
Farms and Crops
The on-farm competitions organised by the Farms and Crops Committee are at the core of some of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show Society’s aims and values - the improvement of breeding of livestock and of the standards of farming and farm craft.
Competitions run from May to November and range from classes for whole farms to those for green vegetables. There are two principal judging days in mid-June on which there is a mass exchange of judges with another agricultural society and these cover Flocks of Sheep, Dairy and Suckler Herds, Farm Boundaries, Conservation, Farming Competitions, Champion Corn Crops, Pulses, Linseed and Oilseed Rape.
In 2009 a class for organic farms was introduced in recognition of the growing interest in organic farming.
Country Larder Food Hall
The dedicated food marquee gives visitors the chance to sample and purchase a wide range of food and drink products. Food Retail sponsor Warner Budgens encourages local producers to exhibit in the Food Retail Marquee at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show.
The History of the Moreton Show
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show was first held in 1949, on the same site it has occupied ever since - part of the Batsford Estate - although it has been much extended over the years.
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show has involved the local community from the outset and only survives from the support of people from all walks of life willing to sacrifice their time to serve the Show. Its underlying purpose is to improve the standard of farming and farm crafts locally.
This zeal for improvement was at the core of the three societies which merged to form the present Moreton-in-Marsh Show Society - the Cotswold Agricultural Society, The Moreton Shire Horse Society and the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural Society.
The date of the first ever show was fixed for Saturday September 3rd and the show has been held in early September ever since. The Moreton-in-Marsh Show has now grown so large that it attracts visitors from all over the country.