Attractions and Events

2024 Theme Area

The theme for 2024 is ‘Grow it – Cook it – Eat it’, chosen by our President who, this year, is Mandy Rix.  The Theme Area will include the cookery theatre, with demonstrations throughout the day.

Open Air Shopping

with over 250 exhibitors booked there will be something for everyone at this year’s Show.

Art and Lifestyle Marquee

The Art and Lifestyle Marquee returns with tradestands selling everything from bespoke furniture, fabrics and rugs to designer clothing and gifts. The Art Exhibition will have original works of art and sculptures available to purchase.  If you would like to submit art work for the exhibition and sale, a copy of the entry form can be downloaded here.

Military Village

We are delighted to welcome the military back this year, they will be joined by our cadet forces to form a Military Village.

“From suppliers to signallers, come and meet local soldiers at the military village.  Suffolk and Colchester-based Army Reserve units will be displaying the vehicles and equipment they use in training and operations in the UK and overseas, alongside stands showcasing the work of military charities.”

Shoppers’ Marquee

Don’t miss the Shoppers Marquee, with crafts and unique gifts ranging from handmade quilts to wood turned toys.

Food Pavilion

Filled with fresh local produce as well as more exotic foods, the Food Pavilion is a popular destination at the Show.

Education Tent

Check out all the exhibits from over 30 local nursery, primary and secondary schools and see what our students have been up to this year!  Please see the Education page for more information.

The Farming and Countryside Area

This area will bring you in close contact with nature, and provide information about how humans influence, use, manage and protect our natural environment.  Displays include ferrets, working dogs, terrier racing, ecology dogs, birds of prey and fly fishing on the pond.

Many More Attractions and Events

Plus, don’t miss these other exciting activities:

  • Cobweb Donkey Rides
  • Tendring Dog Agility
  • Debbie Millar Dance Troupe
  • Happy Tailwaggers Dog Team
  • The Sheep Show
  • Hasty’s Adventure Farm including Petting Area
  • Heavy Horses
  • Donkeys
  • Equestrian Classes
  • Goat Show
  • Pigeon Show
  • Poultry Display
  • Rabbit Show
  • Fancy Rat Show
  • Colchester Beekeepers’ Marquee
  • Sheep and Cattle Classes
  • Vintage and Classic Car Show
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Carousel

And much more!


The timetables for the 2024 Show will be available shortly.