Newport Show Diary – March 2019

Jo Ford, the new President of Newport Show

It can be easy to take the beauty of the Shropshire countryside for granted but it has few equals – with the picturesque Chetwynd Deer Park one of the finest examples.

The park is home to Shropshire’s top one-day show every July – and has so much more going on all year round.

Newport Show President Jo Ford today takes us on a grand tour, focusing on the delights of the Chetwynd Deer Park surroundings and why it is perfect for a family day out.

“I never cease to be amazed by the park and its idyllic setting in some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen – it’s simply impossible to imagine a better location for our wonderful show,” he said.

“While everything around Newport Show is geared to one day, the park plays a leading role in day-to-day life throughout the year.

“Newport & District Agricultural Society bought it in 1988 and a great deal of work has been done over the years to restore it to its former glory, ensuring we can maintain its place at the heart of our community.

“The fallow deer are legendary and are looked after by our park warden Fred Fallows who will be retiring this year after many years loyal service.

“The park plays host to more than 120 educational visits each year, a popular destination for school trips, other youth groups and organisations, where the park is ideal for a range of activities including all things wildlife, orienteering, photography and environmental studies.

“Education is a vital part of what the society is all about and this is something we continue to focus on at the annual show with our Education Hub hosting a range of hands on activities which entertain and educate both children and parents alike.

“In the brochure this year you’ll also find pictures taken of the beautiful surroundings by local school children as part of a competition – skill and ability better than I could muster!

“The traditional agricultural roots of Newport Show see 140 cattle and sheep classes take place, the cream of the crop with a dog show which is a qualifier for Crufts and the Shire horse classes are a qualifier for the Horse of the Year Show.

“Chetwynd Deer Park continues to be an integral part of the community and we’re proud to host our 110th Newport Show there on Saturday, July 13.

“This year’s show will feature everything you would normally expect, plus a number of new things as well. One thing is for sure, it’s not to be missed and promises to be a great day out with something to suit all ages.”

For more about this year’s show and ticket information, call 01952 810814, email or visit To keep up to date with show news, like the Newport Show Facebook page or follow @NewportShow on Twitter for regular updates.