New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Not quite sure why the idea of going to the show appealed to us so much, probably something tied to the amount of times we’ve read Charlotte’s Web, but the idea really appealed to both boys and me too).

And we had a fantastic day 🙂 Apologies for the ridiculously long post but there was so much to see and do!

We got to see (and climb on) some farm machinery

picture of Sam on a tractor
Sam on a tractor
Picture of Jack on a tractor
Jack on a tractor


We saw some old fashioned machinery and farm equipment.

Picture of Jack, Sam and a Traction Engine
For Grandpa Bob - Jack, Sam and a Traction Engine
Picture of Jack, Sam and some old fashioned milking equipment
Sam liked the old milking stuff


There were displays to watch, including Falconry.

picture of Jack and Sam Watching a display
Watching a display
picture of a Kestrel
a Kestrel
picture of a Spectacled Owl
a Spectacled Owl
picture of a flying falcon
A flying falcon


There were nice things to eat

picture of Sam eating strawberries and cream
Sam eating strawberries and cream


We had a surprising amount of fun in the Vegetable tent, exclaiming over ridiculously big onions and cabbages. Although itchy nose and eyes meant we skipped the flowers

picture of a vegetable display at county show
One is Sam and ones a scarecrow not sure which...


There were lots of animals to see.

picture of rabbits
Pic of Chickens at the county show
picture of ponies at the county show
Ponies and Horses - lots of ponies and horses!
picture of pig at the county show
Big pigs...
picture of piglets at the county show
...and little piglets.

This little chap was hilarious, a definite trouble maker.  All the other piglets and mum were asleep, and he spent a good 5 minutes running about, jumping on and climbing over the other pigs and nosing them up the bum until they were all awake and running around.  Reminds me of a younger Jack, once he was awake it was necessary that everyone else in the house was asap. Even to this day he has a tendency to wake Sam up…  Sam loved it and spent 5 mins squealing like a pig himself in joy and amusement, like only he can.

There were also lots of sheep, cattle and even some alpacas that I couldn’t be bothered to photograph.

There was a ‘Discovery’ area for kids where they got to…

Light fires,Picture of Sam lighting a firepicture of sam having lit a fire

And make things from wood

picture of jack and sam making pencils
carving pencils
picture of Jack and Sam testing pencils
and testing them.
picture of Jack drilling
Drilling a hole
picture of jack with a wooden necktag make a nametag.


They could play in dens

Picture of sam and den

And handle skulls and other natural items

picture of Sam and a skullThere was loads more activities, such as minibeast hunts, that we didn’t do.

There were loads of tradestalls with very tempting items to buy and further things to do.

Sam had a go at spinning which I am quite jealous about and am wondering if I can set a session up for the HE group (so I can have a go!).

picture of Sam spinning wool

Picture of Sam with his spun wool
Sam with his spun wool wrapped around a wooden sheep.


There was also the obligatory fun fair

picture of jack and sam on the teacup ride

On the bus back to the station we got to spot lots of New Forest ponies to round the day off.

picture of Food from the county show
My treasures - all from the Food Hall, Pork pies and porks scratchings for Pete, flavoured cheese for me and some bread and cake mixes for everyone 🙂
picture of Sam's soft toys
Sam not surprisingly ended up with a load of soft toys, bear from a lucky dip and 2 Jack won for him playing darts.
picture of Jack and sword
And Jack also won a plastic sword 🙁


Fabulous day out and surprisingly easy by public transport.  Suspect we may well be going back next year.

2 thoughts on “New Forest and Hampshire County Show”

  1. Oh i’m SOOOO envious!!! My mum and sister went on thursday and had such a good time, and now you have all those amazing pictures of the show – Dean is definitely taking us next year!!

  2. Yes definitely worth a trip. Hannah will love it. Take lots of money though, loads of horsey bits for sale 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *