The 2022 G&S Show is bigger than ever – and alongside some exciting new attractions, there’s a return of a much-missed old favourite
The Grand Parade of Livestock returns to the Main Ring!
Agriculture has always been the heart of the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, and we are proud to announce that for the first time in over 15 years the Grand Parade of Livestock, sponsored by Woolley & Wallis, will return to the Gritchie Brewing Company Main Ring.
At 15:00 watch as all of the days champions and prize-winning livestock parade around the ring – we promise it is a spectacle not to be missed.
The FUEL10K IMPS Motorcyle Display Team
The world-famous motorcycle spectacular! The IMPS Motorcycle Display Team, sponsored by Fuel10k, will be performing their breathtaking dynamic display of skills in the Gritchie Brewing Company Main Ring at the 2022 Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show on Wednesday 17th August!
From the sound of revving engines to the awe of a billowing fire jump and the suspense of a multiple motorcycle combination ‘cross-over’ routine, The Imps will have you mesmerised by an unmissable display of discipline and skill. Furthermore, you will be stunned to learn that the youngest performer in the youth motorcycle display team is only five years old!
Display times – 11:50 and 15:40
NEW: The Lightning Bolts Army Parachute Display Team
One of the world’s most experienced operational deployment teams – the Lightning Bolt Army Parachute Display Team, sponsored by Gavin Dixon Financial Solutions – will be jumping into the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show for the first time!
They are a dynamic military freefall team – watch them fly into the ring with smoke and flags!
Time: Look up at 12:30!
NEW: The Wool Village
Last year we introduced sheep shearing demonstrations – and this year we step it up a bit and have an entire Wool Village, sponsored by Friars Moor Livestock Vets!
“Wool is one of the oldest fibres known to mankind, and also one of the most beneficial.” (His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales).
Wool is not only natural, it is renewable, biodegradable and lasts longer than artificial fibres.
In the Wool Village you can watch sheep being shorn on a raised stage, learn all about wool itself, feel the wool’s texture and see the winners of the Fleece Competitions.
The majority of sheep are shorn in the summer; this does not hurt the sheep and is required for their welfare – no one wants a woolly jumper in hot weather! The sheep are shorn by a ‘shearer’. A professional shearer is skilled and careful – one shearer can shear a sheep in less than 2 minutes!
Read all about sheep shearing and the Wool Village in our interview with Matt Cradock, the local sheep farmer who is chairman of the sheep section at the show.
NEW: Bees & Honey Marquee
We all now know that bees are essential to life on earth. The new Bees & Honey Marquee is in association with the North Dorset Beekeepers Association and will be filled with exciting demonstrations, hands-on activities and even a bee hive! The marquee also features competitions in all bee & honey related cookery and treats.