Hurst Show and Country Fayre - calling all earlybirds and hobby horses

Hurst Show and Country Fayre - calling all earlybirds and hobby horses

Visitors to this year’s Hurst Show and Country Fayre are being offered the opportunity to save money by booking their tickets online ahead of the weekend’s festivities.  

This is the first time that ‘earlybird’ tickets are being offered to the annual event with £5 for a day ticket, making a saving of £1 per head, as opposed to the £6 entry on the gate.

Vikki Randles, a spokesperson from the show, said there are other savings and perks on offer as well.

 “We have also introduced a Weekend Flexi ticket. This allows people to come and go as often as they’d like over the whole weekend and is just £7.50 for adults when bought online.

“Visitors with online tickets will also be able to skip any queues at the entrance.” 

This year’s Hurst Show and Country Fayre runs on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 and will be located across various landmarks around the village, notably Martineau Green, St Nicholas Primary, the Village Halls and Scout Hut.

Back to its former glory, the full gamut of special events will return such as the popular dog shows, petting farm, classic vehicle and vintage bicycle display and more.

There will be maypole and Morris dancing, a demonstration by the Hurst Karate Club, a tug of war competition plus other thrilling displays in the live arena as well as plenty of craft stalls, games, food stalls, a music tent, barbecue and more.

The volunteer-run Hurst Show and  County Fayre is a non-profit community event that donates thousands of pounds to charity each year.

Profits raised go towards local good causes such as: 1st Hurst Air Scouts, Alexander Devine Children's Hospice, Berkshire Search & Rescue Dogs, Hurst Guides, Just Around the Corner (JAC), Red Diamonds Association for the Disabled, St Nicholas Primary School, Pre-School, St Nicholas Church. 

Something to certainly draw the crowds and boost the charity donations is another new feature to this year’s show: an attempt to break a Guinness World Record by holding the 'Largest Hobby Horse Parade’ ever documented.

The show’s organisers are asking everyone to buy or make and bring along a ‘hobby horse’ and join in the jaunt around the village.  

Ever since 2017 there has been a connection between the show and the traditional children’s toy.

Due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease of that year, live horses couldn’t be used and the wooden-poled, woolly-headed stand-ins were given legs instead. Now in this post-lockdown world the idea is to make their involvement well and truly official.

Vikki is urging all to join in the spirit of the show and take part:  

“The current record stands at 250 people so we’re calling on all adults, children, friends, family and ‘neigh’-bours to take part and exceed that."

A well-wisher has sent a big parcel to help the record-breakers get out from the gate.

Hobby horse fan, David Ryan, 86, from Lancashire sent 13 beautifully made hobby horses to his daughter Elizabeth Howard and her husband Philip who live in Wokingham.

The attempt takes place on June 26 at 2pm. Fancy dress is encouraged.

To buy online tickets, and find out more details on the World Record attempt, visit:

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