The New Forest Farmyard - New Forest Show

You’re sure to stimulate your senses when you visit this bustling area of the showground.

The sights, smells and skills on display in this lively area of the Show, are sure to stimulate your senses.

  • Say hello to farmers competing with their prized livestock
  • Watch cattle and sheep being awarded with rosettes in the rings
  • Taste deliciously fresh food and drink from Hampshire’s finest local producers.
  • Admire first had forestry skills from the country’s best known lumberjack display team.
  • and so much more….


If you want to see a cow being styled with a hairdryer, the cattle section is the place to go. Witness first hand the hardwork, passion and education the competitors have for their cattle as they prepare them for the classes taking place each day. Take the opportunity to ask questions to the farmers, vets and stewards who can be found in the cattle section each day.

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Frequently receiving more than 1000 entries, the Sheep Section is a hive of activity. You can witness sheep in action in the rings, under the watchful eye of judges who travel from across the country to carefully choose the winners of each class. Wander among the many different breeds of sheep in the Sheep Tents and watch them get ready for their time in the ring.

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Local Produce Market

Foodies will be in their element at the Local Produce Market, packed with an abundance of local producers selling food, drink, arts and crafts. The food court provides a peaceful seating area to sit down with a refreshing drink or bit to eat and soak up the atmosphere in the market style area of the showground.

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Forestry Commission Area

The Forestry Commission is celebrating 100 years of forestry (1919-2019). In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s woods and forests following the First World War, and the passing of the Forestry Act. Join them in celebrating their centenary in the Forestry Commission Area this year where there will be lots of activities for visitors to enjoy. This is the ideal place to sit down and enjoy a picnic in the shade too.

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Sheep Show

The New Zealand style team of presenters educate and entertain with their fantastic sheep all over the country. ‘Nobby’ the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums. We learn about each breeds attributes and how wool from the sheep’s back becomes a jumper to wear. The shearing demonstration is well commentated and has the audience captivated. The 30 minute show is cleverly devised and is highly entertaining and extremely informative, a rare combination. The highlight of the show is the “The sheep show Hustle . Dancing sheep!! Don’t miss the Sheep Show in the Food, Farming and Forestry Zone at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show!


The Adams Axemen is the country’s best known lumberjack display team. They are a team of professional showmen who enjoy nothing more than entertaining a crowd. The Adams Axemen were founded in 1966 as the New Forest Axemen, making them the longest running lumberjack display team in Great-Britain. Members of the Adams Axemen have competed around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and Europe.

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New Forest Weavers & Spinners

The New Forest Spinners and Weavers have chosen for their theme this year at the New Forest Show a celebration of British wool. Working with local breeders we are aiming to give an idea of the versatility of wool and its many uses. Our display will feature examples of the fleece from local breeds and the many way in which it can be used, including how we would process a fleece from shearing to spinning.
Visitors to our display will have the opportunity for taster sessions in spinning, different forms of weaving and knitting Guild members will be demonstrating these skills throughout the day . In our children section there will be an opportunity for them to spin, weave on peg looms and take it home with them.