What not to miss this year


The 2023 G&S Show is bigger than ever – and alongside some exciting new attractions, there’s a return of some much-loved old favourites

NEW: The Squibbfreestyle motocross arena stunt show
We are thrilled to announce that the adrenaline-pumping SquibbFreestyle Motocross Arena Stunt Show will be headlining both days of the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show this August! Prepare to be amazed as Jamie Squibb and his team of talented riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts mid-air right before your eyes.
Hailed as the ultimate UK & International indoor or outdoor arena show, known for their jaw-dropping acrobatics, the team of riders is set to bring their high-flying skills to the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show this summer, promising an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Get ready for a heart-stopping performance that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

  • SEE THEM – Gritchie Brewing Co Main Ring:
    Wednesday 11am and 2:10pm
    Thursday 11:15am and 3:40pm

NEW: Sheep Shearing Competition
For the first time in its illustrious history, the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show welcomes the age-old craft and competition of sheep shearing. This isn’t just about trimming some wool; it’s about tradition, of course, but even more than that, a shearing competition is about skill and speed. As blades meet fleece in a rhythmic dance, both novices and seasoned professionals will showcase their talent, aiming not only for precision but also the care and well-being of their woolly partners.
Come and be entranced by the mesmerising swirl of wool, the hum of the shears, and the palpable tension of competitors vying for the title of the show’s first-ever shearing champion.
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 G&S sheep section.

  • SEE THEM – The Wool Village:
    Both days, from 10am onwards through the day
    (*TOP TIP – Don’t miss the fancy dress shearing at 4pm on Thursday!)

The Lightning Bolts Army Parachute Display Team
Following the excitement of last year’s display, one of the world’s most experienced operational deployment teams – the Lightning Bolt Army Parachute Display Team – will once again be jumping into the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show!
They had just one day’s space in their schedule, so Wednesday visitors will have the treat of seeing the dynamic military freefall team – watch them fly into the ring with smoke and flags!

  • SEE THEM – Gritchie Brewing Co Main Ring:
    Wednesday 1:45am

The Grand Parade of Livestock returns to the Main Ring!
Agriculture has always been the heart of the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, and following it’s reintroduction last year after a 15 year absence, the Grand Parade of Livestock, sponsored by Strutt & Parker and the Environmental Farmer’s Group, will proudly return to the Gritchie Brewing Company Main Ring this year.
At 3pm watch as all of the days champions, prize-winning livestock parade around the ring – and this year the Heavy Horses will be joining in!
We promise it is a spectacle not to be missed.

  • SEE THEM – Gritchie Brewing Co Main Ring:
    Both days, 3pm
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