What's On

Did you know that Devon County Show 2020 will be our 125th Show?  To mark this momentous milestone in our history, we've got lots of exciting plans.  Read on to find out more....

 

The Main Arena

Every day there's a packed programme of entertainment in the Main Arena.  This year, taking centre stage, will be the Dancing Diggers, a collection of JCB Diggers and Robot Skidsters performing daredevil antics and formation dancing.  

Get up close and personal with over 2,000 animals!

At Devon County Show we are proud of our amazing livestock competitions.  With over 1,500 sheep, 500 cattle, 100 pigs, 150 goats and 75 alpacas you can wander the through the livestock area and find over 100 rare and minority breeds.  We are extremely proud also to play host to the South Devon Herd Book Society's National Show at our 2020 event.   

The biggest Food Fair in Devon

Enjoy the most mouthwatering food and drink the West Country has to offer at this year's Show.  With an incredible array of food to snack on, food to take home, food to try and food to watch, foodies will not be disappointed.  Many of our food stands cater for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free diets.  Visit the Food & Drink Pavilion for the best of the west and wander down the new Food Walk for something a bit different.  A full list of food and drink exhibitors can be found on our Tradestands page.

For all things crafty and gardening head to the Crafts & Gardens Pavilion

Bigger than a Premier League football pitch this giant marquee is home to an array of craft stands, a floral art competition, home baking competitions and flower and gardening stands. This year, it will also be home to our world's longest ever knitted bunting which will comprise 32,000 flags and will be 8kms long!  Look out, too, for the Gardening Roadshow, a new feature which will be hosted by gardening writer and broadcaster Martin Fish.  

Get hands on with our award winning Children's Farm

Mill some flour and bake a bread roll - Watch chicks hatch - Enjoy the antics of the piglets - Press apples and enjoy a glass of fresh apple juice - Plant some seeds and take away the pots to see the plants grow at home - Sit on a tractor!

Horses and Ponies in all shapes and sizes!

From the magnificent heavy horses to the super cute Shetland ponies, Devon County Show plays host to over 1,000 equines over the three days.  Don't miss the top class Showjumping in the Main Arena, fast and furious scurry racing, inter hunt relay competition and shetland pony racing!  See our timetables for sull details

Get inspired by our line up of amazing chefs

A host of Devon's acclaimed chefs will be cooking up some culinary masterpieces in our demonstration theatre in Food and Drink Pavilion.  Performances will take place on each Show day - check out our timetables for more details.

 

Vintage Tractors & Steam Engines

 

Our incredible display of Vintage Tractors and Steam Engines dates back to 1900's with over 100 exhibits.

Make a beeline for the fantastic bees & honey marquee!

Find out all there is to know about keeping bees and making honey!  Live demonstrations, honey tasting, candle making and don't forget to search for the Queen Bee!

The best selection of craft beers and ciders - probably - in the country!

The Devon County Show has a bigger and better range of real ales and ciders than you will find at any other agricultural show.  Visit the Food & Drink Pavilion, our Avocet Bar in the picnic area, the Contented Cow off Road 8 or wander down the Food Walk to explore tipples from over 30 different producers.

Rabbits & Cavies

 

Meet over 200 rabbits and 450 cavies (Guinea Pigs) at this year's Show.  With so many different breeds on display you will be wowed by their complete gorgeousness!

One of the biggest dog shows in the West County

Welcoming over 600 dogs, 130 different breeds and a chance to qualify for Crufts, our dog show is a must see part of the day.  Watch the pampered pooches compete for Best in Show.  See our timetables to find out what breeds are on which day.

WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT PLANNED FOR 125TH DEVON COUNTY SHOW

 The Devon County Show 2020 marks the 125th in the Show’s history.  

To celebrate this milestone, as well as the Women’s Institute’s 100th anniversary and the Exeter Knutty Knitters 10th anniversary, the Show organisers are planning an ambitious Guinness World Record attempt - to beat the Longest Knitted Bunting World Record. 

Deborah Custance Baker, Chief Steward of Crafts & Gardens at the Devon County Show, the Show Committee member behind the challenge, is confident of achieving the target of 31,200 flags, the amount required to smash the existing record and giving the Devon County Show its first ever Guinness World Record.  

Deborah, who was responsible for driving the celebrated knitted poppy initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, is not someone who does things by halves.  Nor is she daunted by the challenge. She’s already got 1,000 pieces of bunting in the bag, with only another 30,000 to go. 

‘We’ve got nine months before the Show starts and with the WI and the Exeter Knutty Knitting Group behind us, we’ll get there, no question.

‘The completed bunting will be displayed in the Crafts & Gardens Marquee.  We estimate that the record-beating display will be 8kms long and will go around our 3,000m2 marquee 26 times. A representative for Guinness World Records will be attending the Show to adjudicate and confirm the record. 

The bunting will be auctioned off both during and post the show at various events to raise money for the Devon County Show’s nominated charity for 2020 – the Addington Fund dedicated to providing homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own, and by doing so will lose their homes.  Sections of the bunting will also be offered for decoration at local care homes, particularly those participating in the attempt. 

ANYONE can participate in this World Record Attempt.  If you’re a knitting pro, you don’t need to follow a pattern, though you do need to work to the correct size of no more than 8” along the top and 9” on the diagonal.

For those who would prefer to follow instructions, we have a foolproof pattern from the Exeter Knutty Knitters below:

World Record Attempt Bunting Instructions

Bunting –  basic,  no eyelets

DK 4mm (size 8) needles

(psso  -  pass slip stitch over)

 Cast on 31 or 41 stitches

  1. Knit 4 rows
  2. K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit to last three stitches, K2 tog, K1    
  3. Knit 3 rows
  4. K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit to last three stitches, K2tog, K1
  5. Knit 3 rows
  6. Continue this way, knitting 3 rows between each decrease row until 5 stitches remain
  7. Knit 3 rows
  8. K1, slip 1, K2 tog, psso, K1   (3 stitches)
  9. Knit 3 rows
  10. Slip 1, K2 tog, psso

Fasten off and cut yarn

Bunting with eyelets

Cast on either 31 or 41 stitches

  1. Knit 1 row
  2. Knit 1, yarn over, K2 tog, yarn over, K2 tog to end
  3. Knit 2 rows
  4. K1, psso, knit to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1
  5. Knit 3 rows
  6. K1, psso, knit to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1
  7. Knit 3 rows
  8. Repeat this decrease pattern until 5 stitches remain
  9. Knit 3 rows
  10. K1, slip 1, K2 tog, psso, K1
  11. Knit 3 rows
  12. Slip 1, K2 tog, psso

Fasten off and cut yarn 

Finished?

Please send bunting to Hayne House, Silverton, Exeter  EX5 4HE  or   Devon County Show, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ where a team of people will thread them on to tape.
Don't forget to add your name / organisation so we can list you as a contributor to the record! 

KNITTING IS GOOD FOR YOU AND IT CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE!

Evidence based research* shows knitting has positive health benefits, physical and mental.

Knitting can:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Slow the onset of dementia
  • Be as relaxing as yoga
  • Distract from chronic pain
  • Provide an opportunity for creativity (at a time of reducing capacity)
  • Increase sense of wellbeing
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Increase sense of usefulness and inclusion in society

*Source Knit for Peace

Where do you do yours?

The Devon County Show is appealing to knitters to let them the most unusual place they have ever knitted.  In a stable, on the loo, in labour, on a horse, in a cupboard.  We’d love to know.  Direct message your knitting secrets to us on Facebook @creamofdevon.