First held on 14 August 1954 and still going strong, the Brompton Regis Show continues to attract local families and people from afar to take part in the many events and have some good wholesome family fun!
Back in 1954, carthorses were still one of the mainstays of farming and at the early shows carthorse races were a big attraction. This traditional real country show has lost none of its atmosphere and welcoming charm. It continues to be run entirely by the community in order to raise funds for local charities and good causes… and, just as importantly, to provide a good day out for all the family.
The horse show and gymkhana are major attractions, with riders and horses from a wide area competing in 35 different classes in showing, show jumping, fancy dress and the gymkhana, including special classes for Exmoor ponies. All classes have an attractive perpetual trophy and colourful rosettes to be won and competition is friendly but tough.
The dog show is one for family pets that anyone can enter on the day and, if the number of waggy tails is anything to go by, everyone enjoys it. There are several Pedigree Classes including ‘Best in Show’ and some popular Family Classes where owners can show off their dogs or the dogs can show up their owners!
You will be able to download the schedules for both the horse show and dog show from the village website www.bromptonregis.com/show when they are available.
Some high-quality exhibits can be expected in each of the Handicraft, Cookery, Flower, Vegetable and Egg Shows which are entered by members of the local community. Something new at this year’s Egg Show will be the newborn chicks on display.
Among some new attractions, the West Somerset Morris Men will be helping the show to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The organisers are also hoping to have a police dog demonstration but this has yet to be confirmed.
Alternatively, take a quiet moment to look for bargains at each of the produce, plant, white elephant and book stalls, all of which will have a lot on offer. Also, new this year will be a Kidz R Us stall where we will have toddler’s toys, books and clothes for sale. The stall-holders are always a very friendly bunch ready to offer you a welcoming smile and tempt you with a real bargain.
If you have children, there will be plenty to occupy them. They can have their face painted and make themselves a hat, have a go on the bouncy castle or coconut shy, try their skill at the football penalty challenge or skittles and have a go at the children’s games… not to mention a chance to take part in the children’s races. Adults can try their luck on the show raffle and tombola, the bottle stall, the skittles and coconut shy, making a bid at the auction of some very attractive pledges or just taking their time to look round the Second World War vehicles that will be on display and some other attractions that have yet to be finalised. There will also be the traditional parade of the West Somerset Foxhounds.
Throughout the day, the refreshments tent will be open where you will be able to enjoy freshly made tea or coffee, a great range of home-made sandwiches and cakes and some hot food from the BBQ.
At the end of the day, there will be a grand auction (sell off) of exhibits from the Show Tents followed by the announcement of raffle and auction winners. Don’t miss it!
They entrance fee is just £2 each with FREE parking and FREE entry for children.
The show starts at 10am at the Cricket Field, Brompton Regis (follow the signs). Post Code TA22 9NJ.