Visitor Information – FAQ
Where is Ayr County Show held?
The Show is held at The Racecourse, Craigie Road ‘Gate’ Ayr. The postcode to use is KA8 0HA; the event will be signposted!
What time does the Show start and finish?
Gates open to members of the public at 9.00am and the Show normally runs until around 5pm or whenever the last event finishes!
How much does it cost to get into the Show?
Admission is FREE for children aged 15yrs of age & under accompanied by an adult; Early bird adult tickets cost £16.00 plus booking fee if purchased online (up until 30th April) then £20 plus booking fee if purchased online thereafter. Tickets will be available to buy at the gate. Why not become a member of Ayrshire Agricultural Association – as well as supporting the Association and gaining other benefits, you’ll get into the Show free of charge!
Is there car parking on site?
Absolutely, the Car Park within the Show Field is £5 per car! We have experienced people on hand to guide you to a spot just a short walk away from the entrances. If you have a “blue badge”, please show it to our parking attendants on your way in to the field and you will be directed to disabled parking near the main entrance.
Is there a cash machine on site?
No but RBS customers can withdraw from the mobile unit on the show field. Nearest cash machine is Tesco.
Is the Show suitable for disabled visitors?
We are delighted to welcome all visitors, but please be aware that the event takes place in fields so individuals must make their own assessment as to how easy it will be for them to navigate the Show Field, especially during wet weather when there may be some mud…….
If I leave the event, can I come back in?
Yes, of course. Just make sure you are wearing a wristband or your hand is stamped before you leave, or I’m afraid you’ll have to pay again.
What events does the Show have?
Have a look at the “A Day at Ayr County Show” – it will give you lots of useful information about what goes on during the day and where.
Can I bring my dog?
Absolutely! We love the whole family to visit including your dog. Please bear in mind though, that the show can get very busy with both people and animals – so please make sure you know your dog will be comfortable in this type of environment. Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times within the show field, and we kindly request that you clean up after them. Dogs should not be left in cars on hot days – bring them in with you! Dogs won’t be allowed in the Cattle or Poultry Marquees.
Are refreshments available?
An emphatic yes! We have a great range of stalls, many local, selling all manner of food, drink and snacks. Prepare to go home feeling full.
What if it rains?
We all know what the weather in Ayr can be like in May….. Some of the exhibits are in tents – but the Main Ring and most of the action takes place outside, whatever the weather. Bring your jacket and a pair of wellington boots and you’ll be all set!
“A Day at Ayr County Show”
The gates at The Ayr Racecourse will be opening on Saturday, 11th May for the spectacle that is the Ayr County Show. This year being the 179th Show in their 188th 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 fun-packed, good value day out. The event includes exhibition & competition of many types of animals, Trade Stands, Crafts, Vintage Tractor Display, SWI Competitions, Young Farmers Competitions, Family Entertainment, Music, Children’s Marquee and ‘TT Ayr’ (Trucks & Tractor) 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 9.00am & Clydesdale Horse classes at 10.30am. 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 Clydesdale Horse Ring at approx. 1.00pm. The individual Champion animals from each section meet in the main ring around mid-afternoon for The Rowan Crystal Supreme Champion of Champions to be judged and the winner be presented with the £1000 Prize and each of the runners-up’s a £200 prize kindly sponsored by Jim Craig (Ayr Mart.) in memory of his late wife Rowan. This, along with the Grand Parade of Livestock, are sights to behold.
The Goats section is not held at the Racecourse, but we will be 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.
The local Ayrshire Young Farmers District organise a Tug of War competition, this will take place in The Main Ring at 9.30am. The Ayrshire Tug of War Club will be hosting a STOWA’s competition; there will be two 8 aside weights a ladies 560kg and a men’s 640kg. This will take place after the Ayrshire Young Farmers District Tug Of War Competition.
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.
Come along and visit our ‘Children’s Marquee’ where we will have Hannahston Alpacas, The Wearable Art Company Face Painters, Rainbow Twisters – Balloon Twisters & Airbrush Tattoo’s, Daffy Dill Entertainment, Ayrshire Beekeepers, Craigievern Poultry Display & Pigs, Blackstone Valais Blacknose sheep, SmartSTEMS, Cookbook Kids and the great Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) with lots to see & do including a fab teddy cow & lamb building workshop with the story of farming!
All of the above plus Sheep Shearing Demo by the ‘well known’ SHEEP GAME, Cammy Wilson, THE DINOSAUR INVASION, Owl Magic, music from Irvine Pipe Band, ‘TT AYR’ (Truck & Tractors), The Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club static display, The Scottish Old Skool Retro Car Club, Catering Facilities, Bar, Children's Bouncy Slide and Funfair rides makes Ayr County Show a great day out for the whole family.
Finally this year in the Main Ring we will have fantastic entertainment from Vander Super Heroes Double Wheel, a huge crowd puller performing spectacular stunts keeping all spectators mesmerised.
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 TT Ayr' (Trucks & Tractor) 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.