The Kent County Agricultural Society invites you to celebrate the best of Kent at the county’s showcase of farming, food production and rural life in the ‘Garden of England’, as the Kent County Show returns on 5, 6 & 7 July 2024.

Over three days, livestock, horses, vintage vehicles, retail stands and much more, will converge onto the Showground for a festival of the best of Kent. Discover fascinating aspects of rural life as you make your way around each of the show’s educational and interactive sections. 

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Livestock remains a core part of the show, and a favourite amongst visitors. Hundreds of cows, sheep and goats of all sizes, shapes, and colours converge to the showground from across the South East and beyond with their handlers, competing to take home the prize for ‘Best in Show’. 

Opposite the Cattle rings, you will find the Living Land Village, an opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about food, farming and the environment. Discover how food is produced in the Garden of England and catch the famous dancing sheep in The Sheep Show, returning to the Kent County Show in 2024 by popular demand!

The Equine Village is a stunning display of horses and riders competing in classes ranging from showjumping to in-hand showing, and not forgetting the incredible carriage driving in the Double Harness Scurry! But no trip to the Equine Village would be complete without stopping by to greet the gentle giants in the Heavy Horse Village.

In the Kent YFC section, which has been a major section of the Kent County Show since at least 1955, discover the incredible work of hundreds of young people aged 10-28 from around Kent as they go head-to-head in livestock classes to show off their knowledge, handling skills and passion for what they do.

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The Garden Life section, housed in the Maidstone Exhibition Hall, is an opportunity to marvel at incredible displays from schools, community gardens and individuals alike, whilst a short stroll from here to the Heritage area offers a chance to see stunning classic vehicles of all ages and types, lovingly preserved and cared for by their passionate owners.

In it’s new location next to Gate 4, discover the new Countryside Village. Featuring longstanding favourites such as the dog agility demonstrations and K9 Aqua Sports’ deck diving, the Countryside Village will also play host to an array of displays and businesses to give visitors a taste of the rural pursuits on their doorstep.

The Woodland Area showcases the skills and crafts of the woodland and forestry industry and is the perfect place to discover more on the county’s woodlands and the work needed to maintain and conserve them. 

Whilst rural life is at the very heart of the Kent County Show, no trip would be complete without a little retail therapy and a stroll around the main shopping avenues offers visitors the opportunity to discover local businesses of every variety! Be sure to stop by the fabulous Produced In Kent section, where you can sample Kent’s finest produce and show your support for our local makers and growers.

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The Village Green provides the perfect sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the show, an opportunity to rest your legs and enjoy a picnic, or perhaps try something delicious from an array of cuisines on offer from independent catering units from Kent and beyond. Enjoy live music from great local acts with a cool drink in hand, or head to the public bar and restaurant for refreshments and to try your hand at a round of mini golf.

Last, but by no means least, the Astor Ring is the place to be for the pinnacle of the Kent County Show’s schedule! Catch the Grand Parade of Livestock on Saturday afternoon, as all the winners from the intense schedule of breed classes are led out to the main ring, adorned with their rosettes and, for the lucky few, Champion’s Sashes. Twice a day throughout the show, catch the incredible display from Ben Atkinson and his team at Atkinson Action Horses! A highlight on any show’s schedule, this amazing equine team put on a show like no other and are certainly not to be missed.

Make memories to last a lifetime at the Kent County Show this summer. Book your tickets online today to take advantage of the pre-booking discount! 

Pre-booking rates: Adults – £22; Children (5-13) – £2.50; Children Under 5 – FREE

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