Let’s start with a bit of History - This year the show begins its 175th year, formed in 1840 the year that Thomas Hardy was born, Cunard Ships launched a transatlantic Shipping Line, the Penny Black Stamp came out and a group of local farmers advertised the 1st Annual Exhibition on 6th August 1840; forming The Dorchester Agricultural Society.
So little has changed and yet everything has changed – it is still mainly run by farming families and those with an interest in farming, horticulture, food and the countryside. Competitions bring out the best from the area to challenge for the cups, trophies and awards. Food and Drink are abundant in all corners of the showground, entertainment is laid on and best of all it becomes one big social event for Dorchester and Dorset; nothing really has changed!
This year we've launched a brand new website to mark the start of our year of celebrations. It's been designed and developed by Dorchester-based web design and digital marketing agency, Alacrify. We hope you'll find it easier to use, more informative and even better than ever! If you've time to let us know what you think of it, we'd love to hear your comments and feedback.
Dorset County Show
1st July 2015 09:00:00
Early bird tickets for this year's Dorset County Show go on sale this week at just £12 for adults.
Commercial, pedigree and rare breed sheep farmers will once again be battling it out at this year's Dorset County Show Flock Competition.