10 things you need to know about the Somerset County Show

PUBLISHED: 15:31 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 08:52 25 September 2019

Visit the alpaca village

Visit the alpaca village


Here is our pick of some of the things to know about this month's event, being held on September 21 and 22

1. Equestrian enthusiasts alert

The top main arena events include a Shetland Pony Grand National to be held on the Saturday, which will be fast paced, full of action and bound to delight the crowds. There will also be the British scurry and horse driving trials on both days. Equine classes can be entered via the website.

2. Three floors of artisan food and drinks from the South West

Sample the vast array of local jams, pickles, cheeses, olives, ice-creams, pies, jams, cakes, drinks, fresh and cured meats and more - perfect for shopping early for Christmas. There will also be an array of street food from hog roast, vegan delights , Asian, posh fish finger burgers, crepes, morrocan, venison burgers and plenty more to taste and enjoy

3. Local crafters and retail therapy stands and gardeners row

There will be plenty to choose from when looking for a unique local gift whilst supporting your local businesses at the same time.

4. Cooking demonstration area

This will be situated in the winners enclosure area and will be hosted by celebrity chef Lesley Waters, who will also be cooking. There will be other Somerset chefs cooking and this will take place on both days from 10am-5pm. Enter the cooking competition via the website and if you win you will cook with Lesley on the Saturday afternoon and win a free signed cookbook and a family ticket to the show.

5. Classic cars and vintage vehicles

If you own a classic car or vintage vehicle the show is still accepting entries and owners get free entry on one or both days.

6. Children under five can attend for free

Children's tickets for those over five are only £5 as well. There is plenty on offer for children to enjoy, including falconry display, alpaca village, childrens cooking demo area, climbing pole and interactive games.

7. Fun dog show

This will take place on both afternoons and is being organised by Ferne Animal Sanctuary in the countryside arena. Dogs on leads welcome and no need to pre-register. Just turn up and enter.

8. Meet 40 Commando

See their gun display and also enjoy the countryside pursuits area with have a go archery, clay shoot and much more.

9. Enjoy local beer and ale

Enjoy local brews and and be entertained by groups, individuals and bands taking part on the community stage.

10. Disabled facilities

There will be excellent facilities for those bringing disabled friends or family members as the racecourse is very level and has disabled facilities including parking, scooter mobility hire on both days for £6 and free entry for carers with disabled badge holders. Berry's coaches is also putting on a bus service four times per days from Mecca Bingo Taunton to the racecourse and back .

For more information, and to book tickets, visit somersetcountyshow.co.uk.

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