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)
There's going to be loads to see and do at Ayr County Show 2018. Here's a glimpse of some of the attractions:
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. For the second year running we have added for 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.
Our Goats section is not held at the Racecourse, we are running a back to back show with the Ayrshire Goat Club on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May at Craig Wilson Livestock Auction Mart. Please pop along to support them.
We are delighted that our local Young Farmers District have organised this competition once again for 2017. This will take place in The Main Ring at 9.30am.
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.
This year we look forward to welcoming and celebrating one of our Trade Exhibitor’s 150th Anniversary; Pollock Farm Equipment are celebrating their 150th years of which 140 plus have attended Ayr County Show; it is a significant achievement for a company to reach its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary. It is an even greater achievement if that company is a Scottish agricultural implement and machine maker: few of them have reached that milestone. Pollock Farm equipment was run by Andrew Pollock from 1867 until his death in 1904 where his wife Martha and a group of trustees looked after it until her sons Andrew & William were fully trained to run the business. A & W Pollock traded from 1914 until 1981 when the company became John Pollock Mauchline Ltd (William Pollock’s son) and thereafter as Pollock Farm Equipment Ltd with Jimmy McGhee at the helm 150 years later. Jimmy is currently writing the history of the Pollock implement makers 1867-2017 and the book will be on sale at the Royal Highland Show. In its 150 years Pollock Farm Equipment has witnessed huge changes in Scottish agriculture, in the way that the land is managed and used, farming and livestock practices and the implements and machines on the farm. They have adapted to these changes, developing new implements and machines over the years; At Ayr County Show 2017 Pollock Farm Equipment will be exhibiting a large selection of implements from the 1880’s to present day and we look forward to helping them celebrate this significant achievement.
Ayr County Show are excited to announce Lidl Football Zone will be attending the 2017 event. ‘Can you score a peach or bend it like a banana? Come and have a go at Lidl's interactive family football experience at this year's show. As a lead partner of grassroots football, Lidl are working with The Scottish FA to encourage 5-12 year old girls and boys to play more football. All activities are designed with fun and skills in mind, with accredited Scottish FA coaches on hand to offer advice and information about local Lidl Skills Centres.’ Lidl Football Zones for children and families, try the challenges, sample our fresh British produce, win prizes and learn new skills from Scottish FA coaches.
A marquee full of great gifts ideas and many bespoke items, this Marquee is always a very popular place where exhibits from the WRI are staged and Sticks & Crooks Competition takes place.
The Food Marquee will house a variety of food manufacturers & retailers, most of them local and members of ‘Taste Ayrshire’ where they will have a chance to market & sell local produce and promote its importance to buy local. Cook School Scotland will be part of the support supplying a pop up kitchen where demo's will take place throughout the day with local chefs from Cook School Scotland & Ayrshire College demonstrating with local produce.
We will have Ayr & District Bee keepers Association and for the kids The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) children’s corner where we can’t forget RHEETA their fibre glass milking cow will be making an appearance to say a big happy ‘MOO’ to everyone.
For the kids we have FREE Face Painting by The Wearable Art Company and FREE Balloons & Glitter Tattoos by Rainbow Twisters
Unfortunately our *** POULTRY SECTION was CANCELLED *** With the continued suspension of bird gatherings due to Avian Influenza and following consultation, the Ayrshire Agricultural Association have regrettably decided to cancel the Poultry Section of the 2017 Ayr County Show.
If a venue, dates and regulations permit later in the year we will look at holding a Poultry / Young Birds Show.
YOUNG FARMERS ACTIVITIES
YF Handicrafts are set up in SAYFC marquee with the Senior theme being “ABRACADABRA” and the Junior theme being “SCHOOL DAYS”. Also in the marquee exhibits for the Craftsmanship Competition where members will be submitting their handmade Wine Racks along with West Area County Cook Competition and Bake Off Competition. Young Farmers Stock judging competition will take place at 1.30pm in judging rings.”
All of the above plus Owl Magic, Daffy Dill Entertainment, Bunny Luv Mobile Petting Zoo, Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club, The Army, The Royal Scots Guards, Chainsaw Carving displays & demonstrations, Pipers, ‘TRUCK AYR’, Catering Facilities, Bar, Children's Bouncy Slide and Funfair rides makes Ayr County Show a great day out for the whole family.
In the Main Ring we will be holding a BIG BALE CHALLENGE
We are looking to attract both Ladies & Gents Teams in a race to shove a 'STRAW' Big Bale from one end of the Main Ring to the other and then back again.
Heats will be held at around 12 Noon with the grand final taking place after the Rotherwood Furniture Supreme Champion of Champions at approx. 3.30pm.
Teams should consist of 2 people (Fancy Dress if you wish)
Entry Fee: £10 which will be donated to Breast Cancer Charity
Ladies - 1st - £40 / 2nd - £20 / 3rd - £10
Gents - 1st - £40 / 2nd - £20 / 3rd - £10
Please contact Lorraine on 0845 2011460 if you would like to enter a team.
Where to stay
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.