A true celebration of rural life

THE Melplash Show is the showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life, and brings together the very best of West Dorset with animals, food, fun and entertainment.

With agriculture still very much at the heart of the show, there is an extensive range of competitive events for local farmers to showcase what they do in the numerous cattle, sheep, pigs and farm produce classes. For the equine lover there is also an outstanding selection of horse and pony classes.

For the rest of the community there is a host of horticultural, home produce and handicraft classes for the whole family to enter, including lots of children competitions which are free to enter.

For the aspiring chef there are numerous cookery competitions including the new burger competition, which is to be sponsored and judged by the team from SWIM, Lyme Regis’ newest café bar. Schedules are available to view on the website www.melplashshow.co.uk. Entries close on August 13.

In the Toolstation Main Ring this year, the society is excited to welcome The Cavalry of Heroes. Marking the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, they will be performing a special show remembering the role that the horses and soldiers played in The Great War.

Other main ring attractions throughout the day include heavy horse classes, horse jumping, the parade of hounds and beagles and, of course, the highlight, the grand parade of winning animals and the presentations of the top prizes.

For the younger generation there is a packed programme. In the Discover Farming marquee children can milk a cow, hold baby chicks, grind wheat and make pancakes. The new Explore Farming tent is full of experiences: put on a Virtual Reality (VR) headset and be on a tractor, combine harvester or in a milking parlour, fly a drone simulator, build a mini steel framed barn or look down a microscope at creatures that devastate our crops or harm our animals. Tractor Ted is also visiting for the first time.

Many of the firm favourites are back too. In the Kitson and Trotman countryside area there will be falconry, ferret and terrier racing, ducks and rural crafts, while the Porter Dodson Food Hall will once again be bursting with local foodie treats.

In the cookery theatre, local chefs will be cooking up a storm, including Alan Fryer from The George and Philip Frampton from Frampton’s Butchers, who are joining forces to show how to prepare and cook cuts of meat for the table.

Alongside there will be over 350 exhibitors and trade stands offering a wide range of products and produce, from locally-produced food and crafts to tractors – and plenty in between.

With the gates opening at 8.30am and closing at 6pm visitors of all ages are guaranteed a full day of entertainment! To keep up to date visit www.melplashshow.co.uk or follow Melplash Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Organisers of the Melplash Show are offering LymeOnline readers the chance to win four family tickets to this year’s event – each giving entry to two adults and an unlimited number of children up to 16 years old.

Simply answer the following question: Which equestrian display team will be appearing in the Toolstation Main Ring to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War?

Send your answer to Francesca Evans at LymeOnline, Unit 5 Uplyme Business Park, Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3LS or email francesca@lyme-online.co.uk. Closing date for entries is Friday, August 17. Please include your name and contact details on your entry.

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