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Postponed countryside show rescheduled for June

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: April 3, 2024 | Updated: 3rd April 2024

A mere 18 hours after being forced to postpone the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Spring Show, the organisers have announced new dates of the 8th and 9th of June.

The show, which was set to be the first countryside show of Dorset’s rural calendar, had to be put on hold due to waterlogged conditions at Motcombe’s Turnpike Showground.

This left show organiser Cat Harris and her team needing to work tirelessly to find a new date on which all the main ring attractions, including the UK’s only arena stunt clown comedy act, heavy horses, dancing ponies, racing pigs and the incredible Dorset Axemen, could still appear.

Cat Harris said: “In a delightful turn of events, we’re thrilled to share some wonderful news about our beloved Spring Countryside Show!

“After the recent announcement regarding the necessary postponement due to the unseasonably heavy rainfall, our team has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to find a solution. And we’ve done just that!

“We are overjoyed to announce that the Spring Countryside Show has been reorganised for the 8th & 9th of June this year. This decision comes with a renewed sense of hope and excitement and what promises to be an unforgettable celebration of countryside life, traditions and vibrant culture.

“Our team is fully committed to making this year’s show not just a return, but a remarkable experience for all our participants, vendors, volunteers, and visitors.

“The safety, well-being, and enjoyment of our community remain our top priorities, and we believe the new dates will provide us with the opportunity to host the show under the best possible conditions.”

She added: “We want to reassure our traders and ticket holders that bookings and tickets will automatically be transferred to the new dates or a full refund will the given.”

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