Penrice Castle Park, Reynoldston, Gower
Sunday 4th August 2013, 9am to 6pm
The annual Gower Show traditionally takes place on the first Sunday in August and this year’s show will be held on the 4th August 2013. The show is held in the beautiful grounds of Penrice Castle Park, Reynoldston, by kind permission of the Methuen-Campbell family.
The show has something for the whole family. If you enjoy the countryside, or are looking for a really great day out, you will enjoy The Gower Show – it is a day not to be missed.
This Year's Show
- Adult £10
- Seniors/Child £5
- Children < 5 yrs FREE ENTRY
A full programme of displays and events will take place throughout the day, including the exciting return of the spectacular South Wales Police Dog Team.
Making their first appearance at the show are Savage Skills – the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team with a jaw dropping array of impressive tricks, jumps and stunts.
Also for the first time, there will be a chance to see Jerusalem, an 18 hands high Clydesdale horse – the only Drum Horse in Britain outside the Army - transform into a heavy working farm horse in full harness! Jerusalem will not be the only heavy horse at Gower Show, as once again there will be an opportunity to watch the Shire Horses in their showing class.
Local farmer Colin Gordon will show us quacking good fun when he works his amazing and brilliant sheepdogs with Indian Runner Ducks. He usually needs some help from the audience and children often make the very best helpers!
There will be spectacular falconry with amazing flying displays, and a chance to watch working gundogs enjoy their training exercises.
However, most importantly, as expected in a traditional agricultural event, this year’s show has numerous classes for livestock, horses, show-jumping, poultry, honey, cookery, horticulture, crops, stick making and vintage engines. There’s sure to be some classes that you can enter! Have a look at the schedule section for details of the classes and downloadable entry forms.
As many will remember, we sadly, couldn’t have cattle at last year’s show. We are so pleased to say that for 2013 plans are still on course to have a full selection of the very best Cattle, Sheep and Pigs from Gower and surrounding areas. It really is a fantastic opportunity to get a really close look at the very best livestock. We are once again lucky to have the assistance of Mr John Eirian Davies for commentary who describes so well what the judges look for in the prizewinning animals. The classes conclude with a Grand Parade and presentations at the end of the competition.
Horses are always a highlight at the Gower Show and attract a high standard of competition throughout all the horse showing sections. This year, the secretary for this section, Kathy Bowdler, has put together a schedule of over 80 classes. The competition in the rings will commence at 9.00am.
There are classes for every type, shape, size & colour of horses and ponies so there will be a chance to come along and see if your favourite is the one who catches the judges eye.
There will be the ever popular Children’s Fancy Dress held early afternoon where the children and their ponies will parade their costumes in the main ring.
The day will conclude with the presentation to this year’s Horse Show Champion
*Welsh Section’s C & D - Change of Judge – these classes will now be judged by Mr I J Everitt ( MERIONETH)
We welcome all exhibitors to join us this year to compete in a wide selection of classes. If you have any enquires please telephone Kathy on 01792 873514.
In addition to the showing, there will be unaffiliated Show Jumping for both juniors and seniors. We are very grateful to The Gower Riding Club as they have kindly agreed to allow us to hire their show jumps to enable us to do this competition. The show jumping this year will take place in the main ring and will start at approx 4.30pm after the vintage vehicle parade.
There is a full range of classes in the horticulture section so whether your interest is in the vegetable garden or the beauty of flowers there will be classes for you to enter. Classes are held for both children and adults and all items entered will be on display in the flower tent. We are always really happy to receive entries from new competitors so even if you have not tried before why not give it a go? Bring your friends along to come and see your work displayed. This marquee always smells so fresh and is full of beautiful colours and floral art. Have a look at the Horticultural Schedule for full details or contact Liz for further info on 01792 371222.
Cookery and Handicrafts
Classes in the Cookery and Handicraft section always include photography, painting and needlework. Recipes for the cake entries are detailed in the schedule. Again there is a full range of children’s classes too and the children really do enjoy creating their works of art to show off in this section. Have a look at the schedule and see what classes you can enter as a family. Contact Daphne, on 01792 390754 for more information.
There is such a lot to see and do in the honey section. You will be able to go into the bee tent in protective clothing and look through a beehive with experienced beekeepers. This is very popular with both children and adults, so remember to call in to reserve your space early on the day. You will also be able to watch bees busy at work behind glass in our observation hives and look at the display of bee-keeping equipment and bee-related products. There will be a sales counter with honey, beeswax candles, polish, honey fudge and honey cakes etc. available for purchase.
There is also the Honey Show to look at. Competitive classes include honey, wax, mead and other related items. You do not have to be a beekeeper to enter some of the classes! If you would like to enter have a look at the Honey Schedule and for more info please contact Gill on 01792 233169.
John Pritchard Memorial Bursary
The Society is again offering a bursary to a young person involved with agriculture locally to further their education in agriculture. Details and application forms available from John Furneaux 01792 390754.