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Thoresby Country Show

Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EH
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Thoresby Country Show


March 11th-12th
Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, Notts, NG22 9EH

Adults £12 – Over 65s £11 – children (5-15) £4

Arena Attractions

Three dedicated arenas with a whole variety of exciting and informative displays, from Jonathan Marshall’s ‘Free Spirits’ show – an astounding display of horsemanship and falconry to exhilarating horseboarding. Something for everyone all day long, so bring a deck chair and make yourselves comfortable.

Andy Singleton Arena

Horse-boarding – the first heats of the 2017 UK season. Thrills and spills as this year’s dramatic season gets underway.

Parade of Hounds – Burne Bloodhounds and Oakley Foot Beagles

Scurry Trials and Driving – the first heats of 2017, some of the best scurry driving teams in the UK

Man Vs Beast – scurry and pony Vs the mighty Isuzu. Who will you cheer for?

Falconry – watch our amazing birds of prey in action

Chase the Bunny – a fun competition for all dogs who like to chase (*not a real bunny!)

Gun Dog Displays – Paul Makepeace and his team demonstrating how a gun dog is taught from puppyhood to trialling, and typical day on the shoot

Countryside Arena

Johnathan Marshall – Free Spirits Show – horsemanship and falconry

Working ferrets – Simon Pakefield shows you how he uses ferrets in the wild

Harvey’s Shires – magnificent working giants with their carriages

Stuart Barnes and his amazing working sheepdogs – in action

Falconry and Gun Dog Displays – a working partnership with handlers Chris Neal (birds) and Paul Makepeace (dogs)

Chase the Bunny – a fun competition for all dogs who like to chase (*not a real bunny!)

Junior Casting Competition – with Peter Johnston

Pinxton Puppets – Will Red Riding Hood escape the big bad wolf again?

World of Dogs

A specialist full time arena dedicated solely to dogs, with displays of all types, from working gun dogs  to fire jumping obedience.  Surrounding this are a variety of activities your dog will love, from gun dog multi scurries to a fun dog show.  Something for every dog and every dog lover! (please be aware however that with the shooting and dummy launching there are some loud bangs all day, so if they are nervous it might be kinder to leave them in the kitchen with a big bone!)

Arena displays:   Paws for Thought Dog Display Team, Gun dog training and Walk Up Shoot (Paul Makepeace), Stuart Barnes and his amazing working sheepdogs, Hounds, minor breed parade, Chase the Bunny, Support dogs…

Fun Dog Show (Gillies Leap) – all welcome: classes for any size, age, breed or non breed. Putting the fun back into dog shows

Lurchers (Lure Crazy) – racing, coursing and showing

Gun Dog Multi Scurries (Scurry Bandits) – if your dog loves to retrieve, come and have a go against the clock!

Gun dog training clinic, run by Nat Cannon

Gun Dog Working Tests – Mickie O Hanahan

Minor Breeds: Cesky Terriers,  huskies, Glen of Imal Terriers and more tbc

Hounds – Burne Bloodhounds and Oakley Foot Beagles


Come and watch our magnificent birds of prey in action – and meet them in our dedicated falconry area.


Chris Neal

Ray Pickup

The Falconry Centre

Family Entertainment

Lots of fun and entertainment for children and families dotted all around the showground. At Thoresby Country Show some of the highlights are;

Racing ferrets – have a flutter on your favourite

Moment in Time Living History – history re-enactors taking you back in time

Falconry Village – meet our birds of prey and see them in action

Hamsters – Cute and furry, come and meet the hamsters and their expert handlers

Children’s entertainments – all the fun of the fair, donkey rides, panning for gold and more

Pinxton Puppets – Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs (two shows)

Food, Glorious Food

A mini festival within the main show. The food halls will feature a line up of local and regional speciality food and drink producers, with particular focus on British food provenance.

The Piazza is that special area where you can come to eat and relax in the main catering marquee and real ale marquee or the smaller food specialist vendors.

Chainsaw Carving

We generally have six to eight chainsaw carvers on site to entertain you. Over the weekend they will carve a main piece, and also take part in thirty minute speed carves.  It’s amazing to see what can be achieved in just half an hour, and all these pieces are immediately sold off at auction, so you could go home with a very special feature for your garden or conservatory.

Featuring at Thoresby Country Show:

Quint Hughes

Mark Earp

Dinius Parsons

Joh Roberts

Lorraine Botterill

Matt Crabb

Fishing and Field Sports

Interested in fishing or field sports, but never quite got round to it? Take part in free 20 minute fishing sample sessions with our instructors from the Angling Trust and Salmon and Trout Association; or have a go at archery or air rifles

Archery – field archery with Adrian Caddy

Air Rifles – ATEO

Salmon & Trout Conservation U.K.

Angling Trust – free twenty minute one to one lessons

Rod Maker – Peter Johnson

Angling demonstrates with Ian Grantham and Ian Kilgour

Fly Tying Competition

Fly Casting Competition


A series of marquees form the Craft Village, a popular area of the show where artists, designers and craftsmen exhibit, demonstrate and sell a wide variety of handcrafted items and gifts.  Always plenty of working demonstrations, and at Thoresby Country Show we have:






The Shopping Experience

Around the arenas are rows of individual trade exhibitors selling a range of items, country clothing and accessories, footwear, garden, home and leisure products, country sports equipment and accessories. Always nice to go home from a show with something, and you will be spoilt for choice

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