As the show season comes to an end, I couldn’t resist popping back to my home county of Essex for a day full of animals, food and shows! The Orsett Show is on a much smaller scale than other local shows, such as the Essex Young Farmers and the Kent County, but if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the larger events but still enjoy the countryside events and stalls, then this is the perfect day out for you.
And if you are a horse lover, then the Orsett Show is DEFINITELY for you, the Horse Ring is busy with competitions all day, both in hand and ridden. The skill of the horses and riders visible from the majority of the showground.
In between watching the horses, we were able to take part in a lot of the fun ourselves, including axe throwing, dog agility classes, circus skills and of course, the obligatory shopping and eating. There was a good mix of local charities, products for sale and eateries (and due to the heat we spent most of the time at the ice-cream van!).
We were also amazed at the amount of steam engines that turned up, there were so many in fact that I was able to put together this quick video for the Steam Apprentice Club, just highlighting a few of the fantastic machines on display that day. Their display in the main show ring towards the end of the day drew the crowds in and the children just loved watching them chug along with cheers and waving!
My favourite element of the show however was the hobbies & handicrafts competition marquees, a forgotten element in most of the larger country shows, I love to see the skill and dedication included in the entries. This show had a huge range of items on display from potatoes to oil paintings, christmas decorations to wildlife photography. The items were all hugely impressive and all the competitors should be very proud of their entries.
We had a great time at the show and I am definitely going to be spreading the word to my fellow Essex-ites. I cannot wait to see what their 2019 programme looks like! Roll on next show season!