Headlining the main Bathurst Arena will be Moto Stunts International – the only stunt team to include Cars, Quads and Motorcycles in their thrilling displays. Visitors are promised thrilling jumps, wheelies and high speed cross over routines.
The Scurry Driving Arena Challenge is also featured – carriage driving in miniature for a fast and furious spectacle of ponies, drivers and obstacles.
The Apsley Arena will once again be the centre of countryside pursuits including rare breed displays, Reedlands Retrievers gundogs demonstrations, dog agility and a sheep shearing competition with new equipment versus traditional shears.
Also on the 100 acre site will be a Traditional Rural Skills area showcasing countryside crafts and activities – an important element to the Show and close to host Earl Bathurst’s heart. He says: “It’s important to us that we can show what happens and why in the countryside. Many traditional skills are being lost as new technology overtakes them but our display shows many are still being used every day.”
The Show’s original ethos “where town meets country” is still adhered to 27 years on with masses to see and do for the whole family throughout the weekend, from clay target shooting and archery, to new attractions such as the Mountain Bike stunt team Zero Gravity and the high speed Skyfall Zip Wire.
Children’s entertainments are plentiful again with free circus skills lessons as well as a fun fair, donkey rides, a climbing wall, bouncy castles and lots more.
Dogs are once again welcome to the Show and even have their own activities including an agility course and a fun dog show which will be judged by TV Vet Joe Inglis.
The Food Festival element of the Show continues with a new Cookery Theatre featuring chefs form Cotswolds hotels and restaurants such as Barnsley House, Eat Wild, The Kings Head and The Potting Shed. There will also be around 50 food producers in the food hall with in total around 200 tradestands on the site making for a great shopping experience.
Earl Bathurst says: “It really will be a bumper year for us – we have won the Cotswolds Tourism Event of the Year award but we’re not resting on our laurels – it will be a tremendous Show again this year.”
Tickets for the Show are on sale via the new website www.cotswoldshow.co.uk which is constantly being updated with new attractions as they are confirmed.