Advance tickets for the 2012 Kent County Show, July 13, 14 and 15, go on sale from April with superb discounts and free child entry for early bookings.
Pre booked tickets also have the advantage of allowing visitors to decide at the last minute which day they attend. And new for this year is a student ticket priced only £11.
From April 1, tickets for the event at the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone, Kent, can be bought online 24/7 at www.kentshowground.co.uk and via a booking hotline 01622 633060 during office hours.
Prices are £17.50 for adults, a saving of £2.50 compared with tickets bought at the gate. For families, the saving is even more significant as every advance adult ticket bought includes two free children’s tickets. An additional children’s ticket (aged 5 to 15 years) is £5, and under fives go free. Pre-booked seniors and student tickets are £11.
Organised by the Kent County Agricultural Society, the show attracts more than 80,000 visitors keen to enjoy one of the UK’s best countryside, farming and produce events. The range of animals is a major draw and its equine and livestock judging attracts entrants and spectators from far and wide.
The show, now in its 83rd year, features an extensive food hall showcasing the county’s varied bounty. There will be an EcoVillage, historic vehicles parades and the chance to meet 7ft 6in robot Titan who returns by popular demand. There will also be a variety of interesting trade stands, refreshments and entertainment.
The show is famous for its spectacular arena displays and they don’t come much more dare-devil than the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team, which will be amazing crowds with its gravity-defying acrobatics.
Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be visiting the show on the Friday. BBC TV presenter Adam Henson will be making an appearance on the Saturday, to present prizes to winners of the Grown In Kent initiative, which encourages schoolchildren to grow fruit and vegetables. TV legend John Craven will visit on the Sunday.
Access to the showground is easy as it’s positioned between the M2 and M20 motorways on the A249. There is plenty of free parking and a dedicated area for disabled motorists. A shuttle bus operates from Maidstone East railway station every half hour.
A new traffic management system, implemented for the first time last year, will quickly and efficiently improve movement to and from the showground.
Roger Moore, executive manager at Kent Showground, said: “The Kent County Show is a wonderful showcase for Kent’s farmers, Kent producers and Kent businesses. We hope everyone planning to attend will take advantage of the savings on the pre-book any-day tickets introduced this year.”