118th Chagford Show has something for everyone

Eric Partridge

The Chagford Agricultural and Horticultural show is a traditional one day country show that is now entering its 118th year. It is held each year on the third Thursday in August which this year falls on the 16th.

The Show is situated on land adjoining the beautiful banks of the River Teign at Mill End, Chagford, courtesy of The National Trust, Mr M Malseed, Mr P Morrish, Mr H de Ferranti and Miss B Hayter-Hames. There is ample free parking, and free buses run from Moretonhampstead and Chagford all day.

With classes for agricultural produce, horses, sheep, cattle, dogs and a vintage section, the Chagford Show embodies the best traditions of a proper country show. Not too big, not too small, and easy to get around.

There are over 200 trade stands, a rural crafts area, a food hall displaying the best of local producers, a beer tent and lots of live music throughout the day. The main ring is sponsored by Knight Frank and carries a full day of special attractions – this year it’s Joseph and his Amazing Racing Camels and Joseph Peace Fire Stunt Show. There is also terrier racing, a parade of vintage tractors and cars.

This year the Show will be supporting The Sick Children’s Trust which provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation to families with seriously ill children in hospital in the UK. It costs the charity £30 to support a family for one night. The Sick Children’s Trust is working towards a future where every family with a seriously ill child in hospital will be able to stay together, just minutes from their child’s bed during their treatment. To find out more visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org

The Chagford Show has something for everyone and is a great family day out. You can find full details on the Show’s website www.chagfordshow.co.uk

Among the 200 trade stands are local interiors specialist Bluebell Cottage Interiors who are situated in the Market House, The Square, Chagford. They now offer an even larger range of beautiful country-inspired fabrics for curtains, Roman and roller blinds with the addition of Bluebellgray and the latest from Voyage Decoration. Home visit consultations to discuss your curtain and blind requirements are available in Chagford, Tavistock and surrounding areas. Caroline and Charles can be contacted on 01566 783338 or 07980 136248 for advice or a quotation.

Another flourishing local enterprise is Piers’ Sheds & Animal Housing, a small friendly firm near Okehampton who take immense pride in their work. With almost 25 years experience in design and construction of all types of bespoke garden sheds, stables and field shelters, poultry, animal housing and various other large timber buildings, all their products are made from FSC tanalised timber and are constructed to a high standard. Visit them at the Show to discuss your ideas and for a no obligation quote or visit their website www.piersshedsandanimalhousing.co.uk

Knight Frank are proud to be sponsoring the Chagford Show again this year because they wished to link with a local charity. For this reason they are delighted to be working alongside Dartmoor Search & Rescue – Ashburton, a search and rescue team of highly skilled and professional volunteer members that is part of the Dartmoor Rescue Group (DRG). DRG started in 1968 to assist Police with the search for missing or injured walkers and climbers.

For a long time Knight Frank have had strong links to the National Park and everything it has to offer and they have also had the privilege of being involved with some of the most notable transactions in the area.

They believe that while they are a national firm it is important to take an interest in the local community and with the head of the Exeter Office, Mark Proctor also working and living in the area it is an event that is close to his and their hearts. If you would like to visit Knight Frank they would be very pleased to meet you. They are also holding a special raffle where all proceeds will go to Dartmoor Search and Rescue.

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