Newport Show diary – April 2019

Jo Ford, the new President of Newport Show
Jo Ford, the new President of Newport Show, highlights the best of the rest at this year’s event

I’m always amazed by how much we have going on at the show – testament to the hard work and imaginative thinking of our team who put the programme together each year.

I sometimes wonder if our visitors get the chance to see everything on offer at Chetwynd Deer Park, there’s a lot of entertainment to take in for a one-day event, but that is part of what makes Newport Show so special.

We all have different tastes and it’s our aim to ensure there is something to interest everybody.

Once again this year we will be putting on an extensive and varied programme on July 13 and you’re going to need… well, a programme, to plan your day.

You will already have read about some of the things on show in the press, some you won’t have – so now is the time to highlight a few attractions people might not expect or might not know too much about.

The Inter Hunt Relay will be an extremely energetic and exciting spectacle in the Main Ring where hunt teams race off against each other, trying desperately not to drop the baton, until we get down to one winner.

Dippy the Clown is great for kids of all ages and will be giving two performances during the afternoon as part of our Village Green Entertainments programme. This very colourful character is always game for a laugh and has that most invaluable of gifts in being able to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Nostalgia will be in the air when the vintage tractors parade in the main ring giving us the chance to compare these wonderful machines with those of today. The parade means we get to see them in action and there is also the opportunity to look at them close up as they will be on display throughout the day.

The Quack Pack will be in the Village Green Entertainments programme at the Newport Show

For animal lovers, Meirion Owen & The Quack Pack have two slots in the Village Green Entertainments programme – a brilliant demonstration of duck herding which is something not to be missed, there will be a birds of prey display and an open dog show which always proves a big hit with showgoers.

The Stafford Morris Men will be doing their thing, Burton Borough School Band will be entertaining the crowd with their own unique brand of music and pupils from Sheriffhales School are learning Maypole dancing especially for a performance on the day.

Another thing not to be missed is what promises to be a thrilling display by Airborne Gymnastics – a group affiliated with British Gymnastics and committed to providing opportunities for youngsters to take part in the sport.

Bolddog Lings will feature at this year’s show

When you factor in the headline acts such as the Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross display team and the Mountain Bike Aerial Display (M.A.D.) team, as well as Joseph’s Amazing Camels, celebrity chefs, a festival atmosphere of live music,  hundreds of trade stands and 140 cattle and sheep classes, livestock, horses and dogs – including qualifying events for both the Horse of the Year Show and Crufts – and so much more, you will see why we are proud to call Newport Show THE event of the year.

For more about this year’s show and ticket information, call 01952 810814, email or visit