Swallowfield Show 2022

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Swallowfield Show 2022

Following a two-year gap resulting from Covid19, our plans are now taking shape for this year’s Swallowfield Show which will be held in Swallowfield Park on Sunday and Monday, 28th and 29th August.

All of the favourite attractions from previous shows will be there, together with some new entertainers and activities for you to enjoy. Our aim is to bounce back from the disappointments of the last two years to make this the best ever Swallowfield Show!

Our annual event is organised and run by volunteer members and friends of the Swallowfield Horticultural Society. The show is run for the benefit of the community and we aim to provide good quality traditional family entertainment and to raise money for local charities. We rely on the help and goodwill of a large number of local people, who all give whatever time they have available to make the show a success. If you would like to become involved, please contact Graham at chairman@swallowfieldshow.co.uk

Our horticultural marquee is at the core of the Swallowfield Show. It is the longest standing and one of the most popular attractions, where gardeners, crafters, artists, photographers display their products and compete for the long list of prizes. We encourage anybody and everybody to submit entries for display – there are entry classes suitable for experts and beginners, young and not-so-young, across a wide range of crafts and activities. Entry schedules, including details of the classes and how to enter, will be published online in the Spring.

Online booking forms are available for trade stands, food and craft stalls, and, as usual, we will be offering a discount for early booking. Classic vehicle entries will be on line soon, but contact details can be found below:

Trade Stalls can book HERE

Food & Drink  stall can book HERE.

Craft Stalls can book HERE

Please e-mail Rod at swallowfieldwheels@outlook.com for the Classic Wheels entries.

Opportunities are also available for local businesses to advertise and promote their companies through sponsoring our show this year. Please contact Carolyn at treasurer@swallowfieldshow.co.ukfor more information.

MOBILITY INFORMATION

For those visitors with mobility issues we have a disabled parking area right next to the Showground entrance.

Throughout the Showground there are seats available for your comfort.

Please note that whilst we make every endeavour to make the Showground a flat surface to walk on, it is nevertheless a field and may have areas of uneven ground. Care must therefore be taken.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW

Despite the difficult weather for gardeners we still had a good number of entrants for the 2019 Show.  After not holding the Show for a couple of years we are hoping for a bumper crop of participants at this years Show!

CRAFT MARQUEE

The Craft Marquee remains an absolute favourite among returning visitors.

DOG SHOW

Not another Dog Show we hear you ask?

Yes it is, but with a difference as this is for the local people and their dogs where everyone has fun, a real FUN & FAMILY Dog Show!

FOOD HALL EXHIBITORS

Wow, this area gets better each year!  The number of complimentary comments about the Food shows we are getting it right!

CLASSIC VEHICLES

Classic vehicle shows saw a bumper surge in attendance during the last half of 2021 (no pun intended!) and the indications are that the 2022 show will be returning bigger and better than ever.

HORSE SHOW

As soon as we have more information to publicise on this event we will do so.

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    Equipment & materials list
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