About the Kent County Show
The city of Maidstone sits just off the M20 in the ancient county of Kent. Evidence of a stone age settlement has been found, and the town is mentioned in Ian Fleming's 1955 James Bond novel, Moonraker. The villain Hugo Drax passes through Maidstone and stops at the Thomas Wyatt Hotel. Had Fleming been a steam enthusiast, he might have put Drax on a vintage tractor and Bond on a steam roller to do battle during the Kent County Show held every summer just up the road off the A249 at the County Showground.
The ladies will be disappointed to hear that a suave, handsome, internationally known British spy will probably not make an appearance at the Kent County Show. There will, however, be plenty of displays, entertainment, and good food to make them forget about that for a while.
The Kent County Show is a showcase for all things agricultural. Animals, food, fun, and excitement are the focus with many activities and displays the whole family can enjoy. This is a three-day Friday through Sunday event with cattle, sheep and goats looking to be the Supreme Champion. There will be a parade of vintage vehicles in the Heritage Ring. You’ll be tapping your toes and maybe even dancing at the music and entertainment that will be happening each day. Equestrian shows and displays of Beekeeping will be both entertaining and educational. And ladies, sorry about James Bond not being there but the Wine and Cheese tent should provide a pleasant diversion.
Kent County Show
Not much is known about the first Kent County Show held in 1923 except that all agreed that the show must continue. And it has continued, except for the years of the Second World War, through good and bad weather, cattle disease outbreaks that might cause other shows to close and everchanging economic conditions. Members of the Royal family have been semi-regular attendees, including the Queen in 1989. The Kent County Agricultural Society is the registered charity which organises the annual Kent County Show. The society offers scholarship awards as well as recognition awards to those whose hard work and dedication are often overlooked. They also support the Kent Young Farmers Clubs.
Entry To The Event
Each day the show runs from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Adults over the age of 15 will pay a £24.00 admission at the gate. Children 5 to 15 years will pay £8.00, and there are three family packages offered with two-parent and 1 child at £48.00, 2 children at £55.00 and 3 kids at £64.00. Kids under 5 are admitted at no cost. Exhibitors will need to fill out a downloadable 'Expression of Interest' form.
Somewhere to Stay in Kent
While the Thomas Wyatt hotel is still in Maidstone, the part which was the inn back then is now a pub. There is a Premier Inn attached to it for those seeking hotel accommodations. There are many other fine hotel or B&B options in the city of about 115,000 people. Campers, 'Glampers', and Caravaners can find pitches mostly to the west and south of the city.
Getting To County Showground
If you can find the A249, then you are almost there. Drivers approaching from the M2 will exit at the A249, also called Sittingbourne Road, and head southwest for about 5 miles to the showground. From the M20, take the roundabout to Sittingbourne Road and head northeast for about two and a half miles to the destination. A bus service from Maidstone where the A249 connects with the A229 will take you to the show at 9:00 a.m., 10:00, a.m., and 11:00 a.m. and back from the show at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. each day. The cost is £5.00 roundtrip and £4.00 one way. Note that parking at the event is free.
Other Things To Do Around Maidstone
Those looking for some medieval history, where Henry VIII stayed with Catherine of Aragon presumably before Anne Boleyn caught his eye (and eventually cost Boleyn her head), will enjoy spending a day at Leeds Castle, one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. If you don’t mind driving about 50 miles, the White Cliffs of Dover and the Dover Museum are along the eastern coast. Another, more obscure, choice for a side trip is the Queenborough Guildhall Museum, about 20 miles northeast of Maidstone on the Isle of Sheppey.
★★ You can bring 'Fido' to the show but keep your pet on a leash and remember that pets are not allowed in the Maidstone Exhibition Hall, the cattle marquees, sheep lines, and the goat marquee. The Show is very wheelchair friendly. James Bond may be a no-show, but look out for Miss Moneypenny or 'Q' strolling around the fair looking for new gadgets to foil the likes of Hugo Drax. ★★
When is the next Kent County Show?
The Kent County Show is planned to take place at County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF, Friday 10th July, 2020. This is a Weekend County Show.
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