There are more animals gathered together here for close encounters with visitors than at almost any other event in the entire South East. Meet the water buffalo in our livestock section and see how many other animals you can spot around the showground. We'll have alpacas, a bearded dragon, bees, cattle, chinchillas, cockroaches, dogs, donkeys, falcons, ferrets, goats, guinea pigs, hawks, horses, llamas, meerkats, mules, owls, pigs, ponies, poultry, rabbits, scorpions, sheep, snakes and spiders!
See more of life in the countryside
Our Country Sports zone includes a lake for fishing tutorials and demonstrations, 'have a go' archery and masterclasses and competition for some of the most accomplished gun dogs in the country. Meet the hounds with footpacks and fox hounds, learn about mole control and falconry from experts in their field.
Competitions for farriers and blacksmiths continue throughout the weekend and the terrier racing on Monday is an absolute must-see event - enter your short or long-legged terrier for a chance of glory!
Enjoy a refreshing local ale as you watch hedgelayers, hurdlemakers, stickmakers and woodturners at work and browse the specialist country sports shops.
If dogs are your passion then the agility section will be running competitions, demonstrations and 'have a go' sessions if your pet pooch wants to try their paw at a fun new skill.
Horses are a huge part of country life, from the smallest children on board the miniature Shetlands through to the most magnificent Shires in their colourful finery. Enjoy the thrills of the show jumping classes with top name competitors and the skills of the side saddle display. Many of our classes are qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show.
One of our horsey highlights is the coaching 'four in hand' competition. A team of four elegant equines lead their historic coaches in a display that brings to life the glamour and traditions of time gone by. Not to be missed!
The competition isn't restricted to horses and dogs though - we're one of just a handful of shows that puts the hard work of Britain's livestock farmers and smallholders in the spotlight. Our Show is time to shine for well over 1,000 cows, sheep, pigs and goats. Get up close to see how they're preened and polished to perfection for their big moment in the show ring.
The great and the good of more domestic pets are part of the action too in our rabbit, poultry and guinea pig zones. From standard breeds through to the very exotic - they're all on display at the E&O Show. Look out for the 'skinny pigs' this year!
With more time at home through lockdowns, many have discovered the joy of gardening to enhance the beauty of our outside space and to produce fresh veggies for the table. Our Flowers & Vegetables marquee is the place to be for those who like to admire displays by both professional and amateur plantspeople. There's always excitement in this marquee as entrants compete for the title of Master Gardener 2021. Beautiful floral art creations mix with exotic orchids and dahlias for the various silverware on offer.
Food & Drink
With all these things to see, you're going to need some nourishment to sustain the fun. We've been working to make sure that the Show this year reflects what we know our visitors want - top quality food from local farmers and producers at great value prices.
We've more bars and local ales, ciders and wines to offer refreshment and to showcase the many drinks producers of Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
The Food Hall returns with its huge array of meat, fish, cheese, pies, oysters, cakes, breads, chutneys and fudge. It's full of gift ideas - many people start stocking up on delicacies for Christmas!
Let's get vintage!
Balance out the fast pace of our cracking arena displays with a gentle wander through our vintage sections. Our exhibitors' cars date back to 1907 and there's everything from the sporty to the majestic. Our vintage tractor and commercial vehicles section will be joined by a variety of buses in 2021, with working farm machinery there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy.
Shop til you drop
We'll never forget our farming roots at the E&O Show, with agricultural machinery sales and services for farmers and landowners well-represented all around the showground. There's a huge range of country clothing on offer, with superb deals to be had on well-known brands. Quality, innovative products for homes and gardens, for pets, people and poultry are all to be found at the E&O Show.