Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Connect with the countryside

SINCE 1891 the Henley Show has been one of the largest events in the area and is one

SINCE 1891 the Henley Show has been one of the largest events in the area and is one of the few remaining one-day agricultural shows in England

It is a fun, family day visited by thousands of people every year, many of whom return annually because they have enjoyed it so much.

The show is organised by the Henley and District Agricultural Association, a local charity supporting other agriculturally-related organisations.

This year’s show is tomorrow (Saturday) at the Henley Showground, near Hambleden.

To celebrate the show’s 125th year, children aged 16 and under are admitted free with a ticket-holding adult or senior.

There are five show rings and the main one will be showing 125 pieces of agricultural machinery spanning 125 years as well as showjumping, light trade driving, livestock, classic car and tractor parades and the Corunna Band, among other attractions.

Elsewhere is a wonderful display of heavy horses, Richard Savory’s popular Sheep Show in ring five, a gun dog display and falconry as well as the horticultural area with experts available to answer visitors’ gardening questions.

Sheep classes made a welcome return in 2013 and there will be many interesting rare breeds to be seen this year.

A visit to the poultry tent is recommended to see a large variety of chickens and ducks.

The interactive food and farming marquee is a fun place for children, where they can learn where their food comes from and take part in various activities.

There is also a companion dog show with entries on the day. Well behaved dogs on leads are  welcome. Many visitors return to the Henley Show year after year to do their Christmas shopping from the various trade stands, the craft and shopping marquees and the food and wine tent.

The highly competitive produce tent is full of lovely cakes, flowers, fruit, vegetables and art.

More than 150 classic cars and vintage tractors are on display and the winning exhibitors will take part in a grand parade in the main ring in the afternoon. There is free parking at the show and free buses run from Marlow and Henley.

This year there are discounts on tickets bought online in advance. The cost for an adult on the gate is £15 (£10 in advance), concessions £10 (£7). Children 16 and under go free.

For more information, call (01491) 410948, email or visit

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