BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS
3rd – 7th May
When it comes to horse events Badminton is the cream of the crop. It’s where you’ll see some of the world’s finest steads show jump at the home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort in south Gloucestershire. There’s a festival like feeling to this sporting event i.e. leave the car at home because it’s best enjoyed with a couple of jugs of ice cold Pimms. The darlings of the horsey world will be out in force and you might even spot a royal if you’re lucky.
The Badminton Estate, Badminton, South Gloucestershire, GL9 1DD
ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW
22nd – 25th June
All that we know and love about Scotland under one roof. Expect everything from Aberdeen Angus beef, Scotch eggs and Scottish salmon, to cheese, whiskey, ales, shortbread and men in kilts. Over 900 competitions will be taking place including livestock, sheep shearing and the Scottish Ice Cream, Butter and Cheese Championships. Spend all day sampling them and judge for yourself.
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW
11th – 13th July
The Great Yorkshire Show is widely considered the daddy of country shows – and we’d expect nothing less from the biggest county in the UK. This is the land that invented the Yorkshire pudding so alongside lots of pedigree livestock there’ll be food galore including a Big Cheese Auction where you can buy a year’s worth of prize winning fromage. This is a grand day out in Harrogate that’s not just for farmers.
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
THE GAME FAIR
28th – 30th July
If you love shooting, you’ll love The Game Fair. Clay, rifle and airgun shooters unite at this annual event. It moves around England’s finest country estates – this year it’s at Hatfield House – so a handsome setting is guaranteed. You can even make a weekend of it and glamp in a plush luxury bell tent.
Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS
31st August – 3rd September
See the show jumping season out in style at this major four-day horse competition over the bank holiday weekend. It’s one of the most respected in the calendar and the eventing is nothing short of first class. Dressage, cross country and show jumping will all be on the agenda as well as a parade of foxhounds on the Sunday. Go shopping for a new saddle and swing by our stand.
Burghley Park, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY