Lustleigh Show gears up for 130th year

Lustleigh Show is gearing up to celebrate their 130th year, with their annual August Bank Holiday Monday celebration of everything that is great about Dartmoor.   The first show was in 1887, and has been a constant feature in the local calendar ever since.

The show has gone from strength to strength over the years, growing from a simple produce and flower show, to add a popular dog show, a 10k run, live bands, dozens of stallholders, and last year, for the first time, even the Red Arrows!

Show Chairman, Cynthia Sedgman, says “We’ve managed to put together a great schedule of attractions for 2017, from a horse that thinks he’s Michael Jackson, to traditional rural skills, and from watching falcons at work, to giving your dog a go at terrier racing.  We’re sure that the whole family will have a great day out.”

New attractions for 2017 include a climbing wall, circus skills workshops, and an even better Lustleigh Showtime music stage, featuring four great acts.   This complements old favourites like sheaf tossing, animal encounters, and a live jazz band.

You can enjoy priority entry when you book tickets online at www.thelustleighshow.com, where you’ll also find a full list of all the attractions, stallholders, food, and music.

Show Secretary, Carol Lucas, adds “It’s amazing to be involved in such a popular local occasion.  Last year we had fabulous weather and a record number of visitors, and we’re hoping to do even better this year.  Thanks to all of last year’s visitors, we were able to donate over £8,000 to a wide range of local good causes.”

Notes for editors

The Lustleigh Show is an annual event, held in Lustleigh, inside the Dartmoor National park. It is held on Bank Holiday Monday, this year falling on Monday August 28th.

Lustleigh is often named as one of the best villages to live in the country, and the show is often mentioned as a key factor in making the village so special (The Times, Twenty Best Villages in the UK, March 2017).

The show has been held since 1887, and has been on its current site at Kelly Farm since 1947.

The show is non-profit making, and awards any surplus to local good causes.  The 2016 show disbursed over £8,000 to ten local projects, including replacing aged equipment in the Lustleigh playground, and supporting a local rural transport scheme.

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