Ayr County Show is held annually in May at The Racecourse, Craigie Road ‘Gate A’, Ayr, KA8 0HA and offers a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. Click here to see the location on Google Maps
The Show opens at 9.00am
Adults - £15
Children (aged 14 & under accompanied by an adult) – FREE
Car Park - £4 per car
Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at Ayr County Show (except in the Poultry Marquee)
The gates will be opening on Saturday, 12th May for the spectacle that is the Ayr County Show. This year being a special year for the show with it being their 175th Show in their 181st Year, with its winning formula of celebrating the traditional and embracing the future the Ayr County Show has earned its place as a ‘ must do’ event on the calendars of both the farming community and families looking for a good value day out. The event includes exhibition & competition of many types of animals, Trade Stands, Crafts, Vintage Tractor Display, Sticks & Crooks, SWI Competitions, Young Farmers Competitions, Family Entertainment, Music, Children’s Marquee and Truck Ayr Lorry Show. Food & Drink is very much part of the event creating the very important link ‘Field to Fork’. The Ayrshire Agricultural Association are committed to keeping this event going forward with a good range of attractions throughout the show field whilst not losing the true agricultural roots of Ayr County Show.
Hundreds of animals of a wide variety of breeds will be judged throughout the morning. The Light Horse & Pony classes will start at 8.00am, British Show Jumping classes at 8.45am & Clydesdale Horse classes at 10.00am. While the Cattle & Sheep classes start at 9.30am and Sticks & Crooks at 10am. Within the Clydesdale Horse Section; a Stud Cart Mare or Gelding driven by a Lady or Gentleman, this will take place in the Main Ring at approx. 1.00pm. The individual Champion animals from each section meet in the main ring around mid-afternoon for the Champion of Champions to be judged and the winner be presented with the £1000 Prize sponsored by Rotherwood Furniture. This, along with the Grand Parade of Livestock, are sights to behold.
The Goats section is not held at the Racecourse, will be running a back to back show with the Ayrshire Goat Club on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May at Craig Wilson Livestock Auction Mart. Please pop along to support them.
The local Ayrshire Young Farmers District have organised a Tug O War competition once again for 2018. This will take place in The Main Ring at 9.30am. Young Farmers Handicrafts are set up in the Scottish Association of Young Farmers marquee with the Senior theme being “Lights, Camera, Action” and the Junior theme being “80 Years of SAYC”. Also in the marquee exhibits for the Craftsmanship Competition where members will be submitting their handmade Kist’s in 2018. The Young Farmers Stock judging competition will take place at 1.30pm in the judging rings.”
Trade Stand Exhibitors are major contributors to the show’s success; Agricultural shows are still significant business days and continue to offer a great shop window to the rural economy, we welcome companies large and small to continue their support of this event in the Scottish Agricultural Calendar. With over 100 trade stands each year ranging from agricultural dealerships, machinery, services and specialists, food, crafts, bespoke goods, clothing and gifts, equine and livestock products, there are just too many reasons to mention for you to attend our show.
A new addition to the show this year will be a designated ‘Children’s Marquee’ where we will have The Wearable Art Company Face Painters, Rainbow Twisters – Balloon Twisters & Glitter Tattoo’s, Daffy Dill Entertainment, Bunny Luv Mobile Petting Zoo, Ayr Beekeepers, Hannahston Alpacas, Craigievern Poultry Display and the great Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) with a focus on all things woolly on their stand this year!
We welcome back to the show in 2018 our Poultry Marquee which is a spectacle to see with between 300 & 400 birds being presented and showed and many plates of eggs on display.
All of the above plus Owl Magic, Donkey Rides from Jenny’s Donkey’s, Chainsaw Carving displays & demonstrations, music from Irvine Pipe Band, ‘TRUCK AYR’, Catering Facilities, Bar, Children's Bouncy Slide and Funfair rides makes Ayr County Show a great day out for the whole family.
Ayr Show are excited to host ‘The PINK TRACTOR’; local company John M Paterson have chosen Breast Cancer care as their nominated charity donating 20% of any earnings, taken from the Pink Tractor Hire, to the charity so come along to Ayr County Show and have a seat in it and help raise some funds for Breast Cancer Care.
Finally this year in the Main Ring fantastic entertainment from James Dylan Stuntworld; a Motorcycle Stunt Show performed over two thirty minute motorcycle shows that include Ramp Jumps, Wheelies, Stoppies and many more remarkable motorcycle stunts that need to be seen to be believed. All this around a central core of hilarious banter from the commentator. This show always draws the biggest crowds and there is nothing the riders like more than hearing the audience cheering, clapping and shouting for more!
The show is packed full of motorcycle action and comedy routines making it a brilliant family entertainment.
Where to stay
Holiday Lettings - Ayr - Website: www.holidaylettings.co.uk/ayr/.
The Ayrshire Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA) - Website: www.ayrshirebandb.com.
Inverlea Guest House - 42 Carrick Road, Ayr, KA7 2RB – Tel: 01292 266756. Website: www.inverlea.co.uk.
Burnside Guest House - 14 Queens Terrace, Ayr, KA7 1DU. Tel: 01292 263912. Website: www.theburnsideguesthouse.co.uk.
Craigie Guest House – 46 Craigie Road, Ayr, KA8 0HA. Tel: 01292 282175. Website: www.craigieguesthouse.co.uk.
Laigh Tarbeg Farm - Ochiltree, Cumnock. Tel: 01290 700242. Website: www.laightarbeg.co.uk.
Smithston Farm - Patna, Ayr - Telephone: 01292 531211. Website: www.smithstonfarmhouse.co.uk.
Grange View Bed & Breakfast – 3 Carrick Road, Ayr, KA7 2RA - Tel: 01292 266680/07500 663889. Website: www.grange-view.co.uk.
Western House Hotel at Ayr Racecourse - Craigie Road, Ayr - Tel: 01292 294990. Website: www.westernhousehotel.co.uk.
Malin Court - Turnberry, Ayrshire - Tel: 01655 331457. Website: www.malincourt.co.uk.
Kirklandholm Farm, By Ayr - Self Catering Farm Cottages – Miss Janet Erskine. Tel: 07931 581977. Website: www.kirklandholmfarmselfcatering.co.uk.
Premier Inn Ayr – Wheatpark Place, Ayr, KA8 9RT. Tel: 0871 5279416. Website: www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/AYRWHE/ayr-a77/racecourse.