On with the show
Stunt riders, livestock, arena displays, shopping, music,
trade stands and local produce are all on offer at the Kent County
Nothing captures the spirit and essence of Kent better than the
three-day extravaganza that takes place in the county each
The Kent County Show – now in its 82nd year – seems to get
bigger and better as the years pass, and this year’s bumper event,
over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 15 to 17, is no
Visitors are promised a host of attractions, from the awesome
Devils Horsemen to Titan the Robot, a Spitfire flypast to the
challenging climbing wall.
Taking place as ever at the Kent Showground, Detling, there are
also adrenaline pumping displays in the main arena through to
trails around beautiful, budding orchards – home to England’s most
One of the show’s biggest draws will be the Royal Regiment of
Artillery Motorcycle Display Team which first performed in 1949.
Over 50 years later and the Flying Gunners are still going strong.
The team is made up of soldiers drawn from across the Royal
Regiment of Artillery with many of the soldiers having served in
Iraq or Afghanistan.
The Devils Horsemen are an exciting arena attraction. They are a
highly skilled team of riders who have spent years training horses
to complete complex and jaw-dropping stunts. They will be
performing in the main arena on all three days of the show.
For the shopaholics there will be the traditional mix of
shopping trade stands where you can buy anything from a car to a
tractor, a conservatory to an overseas property or quality food to
luxury clothing items. There will also be a large number of
catering outlets, once again supporting Kent farmers. Keep an eye
out for the Village Green which made its show debut last year and
returns with even more attractions that reflect village life.
This area incorporates the floral art classes and flower show
exhibitors in the majestic marquee located by Murrain Wood. Outside
visitors can see the show gardens and displays including lots of
trade stands selling everything from a humble garden spade to a
From renewable energy and electric cars to skin care and garden
furniture, take a glimpse of the future at the Eco Village. At the
picnic area Riverford Organic will be demonstrating how to cook
with organic vegetables, and Wildside Organic Grill will be there
for those who like their organic food cooked for them. The
EcoVillage is a great place for visitors to come and learn about
living a greener lifestyle.
Titan The Robot
The giant robot returns by popular demand following an epic
visit to the final Big Brother house. At 8ft tall, he will amaze
you with his singing abilities and flattering comments. There’s
also the chance to join the likes of Will Smith, Davina McCall,
Jackie Chan and Rihanna and have your photo taken with Titan.
There will be more farming exhibits than ever this year. The
large Why Farming Matters in Kent area at the main entrance to the
showground will tell the story of fruit in the county. It gives
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 you are ever likely to see. Also
returning will be the Poultry and Egg Show, the indoor livestock
ring and demonstrations of sheep sheering.
On Saturday night, The Greatest Take That Tribute are
performing. Making their show debut will be local group Los
Salvadores whose songs draw on Kent’s rich history and folklore,
providing traditional tales with a modern soundtrack. They will be
playing on Saturday and Sunday. On the same days will be Fred
Clark, a singer-songwriter from Maidstone.
Society patron, the Duke of Kent, will visit the show on the
Friday. He will arrive by helicopter at 10.20am to be greeted by
the Lord-Lieutenant, Allan Willett.
The Kent County Show takes place on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, July 15 to 17 at the Kent Showground, Detling, near
The show will open to the public at 9am on Friday and 8am
other days. It closes at 6pm with last entry at 5pm. For more
details go to www.kentshowground.co.uk.
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