Tendring Hundred Show

Attractions & Events

2017 Theme Area – Farming for Life

See how farmers preserve and sustain our soils and our water so healthy crops can be grown alongside a healthy environment. Find out how the Environment Agency are working with farmers in the Colne Catchment area to improve water quality, and see live examples of what lives in our local waterways. Join a Suffolk farmer who is using his underpants to find out how healthy his soils are. Meet the famous worm lady and cuddle some of her worms. Taste and experience local crops being milled and baked on site.

Open Air Shopping

with over 250 exhibitors booked (click here to see our list of exhibitors) 

Lifestyle and Art Show Marquee

Following the continued success of Lifestyle & Art Show Marquee, it returns again in 2017, with even more exhibitors and original art on sale. Housing everything from bespoke furniture, fabrics and rugs to designer clothing, shoes and gifts. This year the marquee will be doubled in size to incorporate the Art Show, with over 250 original works of art and sculptures. It will certainly be worth a visit.

Shoppers Marquee

Don’t miss the Shoppers Marquee, with crafts and unique gifts ranging from handmade soaps to wood turned toys, with over 30 exhibitors.

Food Pavilion

Filled with fresh local produce as well as more exotic foods, the Food Hall is a popular destination at the Show. Our Chef, Malcolm Long will provide cookery demonstrations throughout the day.

Education Tent

Check out all the exhibits from over 40 local primary and secondary schools, and see what our students have been up to this year! Student performances throughout the day. Back again this year, is the large Outdoor Zone to walk through.

The Countryside and Conservation 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.

Essex Guild of Craftsmen Marquee

We are delighted to have over 29 members of the Essex Guild of Craftsmen exhibiting at this year’s Show, in their own Craft Marquee. Within this large marquee you will find Glass Painting, Ceramics, Hand Painted Porcelain, Pottery, Woodturning, Millinery and Fine, so well worth a visit on the day.

For the eighth year running, the NHS will be at the Tendring Show, in its 100ft-long marquee!

Come and see the innovative stands from the Trust that runs Colchester General and Essex County hospitals. There are 20 stands and more than 80 staff and loads of new stands for 2017, including:

  • Get a selfie at the 12ft long, 8ft high flower wall in the Time Garden.
  • Don’t miss the operating theatre staff in “Cutting Edge!”
  • Get “fresh and fruity” at the back of the marquee
  • Venture inside the giant inflatable colon
  • Get yourself checked out at health check corner – thanks to ACE (Anglian Community Enterprise).
  • #colchesterproud recruitment stand all about the jobs on offer at the Trust.
  • There are fun competitions, free teas and coffees, and some surprises!

The NHS marquee is near Gate D – look for the Emergency ambulance and the Hospital Radio van.

Many More Attractions and Events

Plus, don’t miss these other exciting activities:

  • The Dorset Axemen
  • Gate & West Donkeys
  • RPM Trials Bike Displays
  • Tendring Dog Agility
  • Ecology Dogs
  • WOW Water Experience
  • Hasty’s Adventure Farm inc. Petting Area
  • Ridden Heavy Horses
  • Farming on the Move Demonstration
  • Cavy (Guinea Pig) Show
  • Equestrian Classes
  • Goat Show
  • Pigeon Show
  • Poultry Show
  • Rabbit Show
  • Rat Show
  • Sheep and Cattle Classes
  • Vintage Car Show
  • Vintage Engine, Historical Vehicles & Tractor Display

And much more!

And let’s not forget the animals…

Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Heavy Horses, Ridden Horses, Donkeys, Chickens, Geese, Pigeons, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Fancy Rats, Ferrets, Hounds, Working Dogs and birds of prey, as well as more exotic animals on the Feathers and Fangs stand!

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What they're saying about us

  • We have been supporting the Tendring Show for over 50 years and see it as our main shop window to  promote both the NFU and the NFU Mutual locally.

    Philip Breary, NFU Mutual, Colchester
  • Come rain or shine this friendly show still has the wonderful atmosphere it’s always had since I first attended the Show back in the 1970s

    Mark Gates, A Touch of Silver
  • The Tendring Show is one of our local shows and it is good to support them as they treat us as part of their very large team and we feel part of the family it is nice to see all the familiar faces.

    Angie & Rick, Colchester Bird of Prey Display
  • I just wanted to email to say that we really enjoyed being a part of your event on Saturday. We had many repeat customers through the day and lots of compliments on our set up. We would love to come back next year!

    Caroline Butler-Bird, Hempland’s Coffee
  • Just to say well done to you and your team – excellent Show. Thank you for letting us extend our PR around the goat show – think the organisers like the extra people and upbeat day’s experience around them!

    David Boyden, Boydens
  • I always look forward to the Tendring show for no matter what your interests you will find something for you and as far as the Colchester Vintage Club is concerned it is the only event in the year that we attend as a static Show.

    P. Pearson, Colchester Vintage Motor Club
  • We have used the Show as a PR tool to show new technology for over 15 years and see many of our existing customers year after year. It’s a great day out and we always seem to generate new leads and we will continue our support to the Show for years to come.

    Paul Dewing, Managing Director – GCS Alarms
  • A lovely, traditional agricultural show, lots to see, plenty to do, entertainment for all the family.

    Nicki Firth, Colchester Poultry Club
  • I had such a lovely time on Saturday, it was a fantastic show and the children loved it!

    Emma Wraight, Birkett Long LLP
  • The day at Tendring Hundred Show simply is not long enough to see all the different attractions that this Show offers

    Keith, Owls r us