Around the showground

Everything else to see and do!

As well as all the animals on display, there’s so much to see and do around the showground. If you haven’t been to our show before, the video below showcases all the highlights from our 2018 show. If you were there, can you spot yourself?

Our thanks go to Ribble Valley Movie Makers for this wonderful video.

Here is what else there is around the showground for visitors to enjoy:

Trade stands

A wide range of products are on sale around the showground including from agricultural, outdoor and equestrian businesses. Browse the many stalls at your leisure which are mainly located around the main arena. We have a dedicated craft marquee, filled with stalls of locally produced craft items and handmade goods.

Pet Dog Show

Our charity Pet Dog Show is always a very popular event. With show and novelty classes there’s something to suit everyone. Bring your dog along for a day out at the show and help raise money for RNLI and East Lancashire Cat Rescue. Rosettes to all placed competitors and prizes donated by Harvest Animal Feeds. All first prize winners are in with a chance of winning ‘Best in Show’ held at the end of all the classes. Check out the schedule here or on the entry forms page.

Food and drink

We aim for both high quality and wide variety in our range of foods and drinks, so as many of our stands as possible provide locally-produced foodstuffs, catering for all diets, including vegetarian, vegan, diabetic and gluten-free. With the huge choice of meals and snacks on offer in the food court, there is always something for every taste.

To eat on the go, there are traditional breakfasts, bacon butties, black peas, black puddings, chips, curries, samosas, filled baked potatoes and hog roasts. You may even like to try ostrich, bison, kangaroo or camel T-cakes!

To take home, we always have locally made Lancashire pies, cheeses and home-produced and rare breed meats, and a large selection of world food, savoury and sweet,from Asia to the West Indies, taking in China, Germany, Italy, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Spain, and Poland!

There is also a large range of home made honey and preserves to enhance them.

For those with a sweet tooth, there are pancakes and doughnuts, candy floss and fudge, home made ice cream, cakes and biscuits and a huge choice of traditional, old-fashioned sweets.

For the thirsty, a cup of freshly ground coffee, chocolate or a refreshing cup of tea is always available, as are fresh fruit juices and soft drinks, traditional home produced natural cordials, and of course a cold glass of something stronger for the adults, from one of our specialist stands or the public beer tents, supplying a large range of local real ales, lagers, ciders, and spirits. 

Children's Crafts

We have free, supervised, ‘make on the day’ craft activities, with all the materials you need and help provided. For 2022, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we will be making crowns! Find the craft activities in the Community Marquee.

Other activities for children

  • Junior handling competitions in most of the livestock competitions
  • Children’s games in the main arena – free to enter on the day. There will be different age categories and games include: welly throwing, sack race and egg and spoon race. Sweets for all participants!
  • Fairground rides
  • Birds of Prey
  • Donkey rides
  • Face painting
  • Have a go at dog agility
  • Egg catching competition in the main arena

The Mini Pony Show

Equestrian Razzle Dazzle in Miniature!

Meet Rolo and Sprout, the sweetest little duo you never knew about! Throughout the day these little chaps will be entertaining you with their antics, everything from playing the piano to honking a horn – and have you ever seen a pony who can count?! With jingle bells around their legs and feather plumes on their heads, these fancy little miniature ponies are sure to delight everyone they meet!

Be sure not to miss their performances throughout the day followed by meet and greet sessions.

Classic and Vintage Vehicle Section

Sheep Shearing Display

Come and learn all about sheep shearing, including different breeds of sheep and see demonstrations of the different techniques used throughout the years. Look out for demonstrations throughout the day.

Bowley Hill Trail Race

 

Kindly run by Trawden Athletic Club, the trail race sees runners from around Lancashire tackle the famous ‘Bowley Hill’. The race is a terrific route around 5.8 miles (9.3km) of mixed scenic paths and trail bridleways. 

 

If you don’t fancy taking part yourself, watch the runners set off from the main arena at 11am. The finish line is near to the main pedestrian entrance.

 

Entry information to the race is available here

Accrington Bonsai Club Display and Demonstrations

Our dedicated bonsai marquee is where you can find the bonsai trees and demonstrations by Accrington Bonsai Club.

 

Accrington Bonsai Club are a small friendly society, some of whose members have just started to explore the world on bonsai, while others have many years of experience and own some fine specimens.