Archive for the ‘Country Shows’ Category

Country Shows were the birthplace of our Heritage brand ‘Ratcatcher’. Following on from our early Spring 2014 guide to Country Shows  here is our event preview for June.

Useful information mixed with our own comment and experiences from previous years. We hope you find it helpful.

Country Show Events: June

5th to 7th June  South Of England Show, Ardingly, East Sussex

Adult entry £20, Family £40

Hidden gardens at Wakehurst

A first class venue, offering quality facilities and a great combination of livestock, horticulture and country crafts.

The showground mainly consists of tarmac avenues which ensures the event survives in the worst of weather, of which there has been a good mix in the last couple of years.

We always arrive a few days early to this show and enjoy visiting local attractions. Last year we spent a day at Wakehurst Place, which is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Wakehurst features natural woodland and lakes, formal gardens and an Elizabethan house. It is a real gem especially when the sun shines, but please note dogs are not admitted with the exception of guide dogs. Free to National trust members.

19th to 22nd June The Royal Highland Show, Ingliston Edinburgh

Royal Highland Country Show
Cattle at the Royal highland show

Probably the biggest agricultural show in the UK and a display of equipment like no other.

This is a show with lots of atmosphere and a constant buzz. It is one big party for the Scottish farmers at which a river of beer is consumed along with the lake of whiskey! Not even the worst of Scottish weather can spoil the fun and 2012 certainly tried its best.

For us this is real work, with our marquee open for business from 7.30am till past 9 at night.

25th to 26th June The Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich

Royal Norfolk Country Show
Judging in the main ring at the Norfolk show

For the last three years we have had superb weather and along with the thousands of visitors, thoroughly enjoyed the event. Our marquee is in the perfect position at the end of the main arena to see fantastic entertainment all day.

The Norfolk, whilst being one of the premier agricultural shows, also offers a very high standard of Equestrian competition and a great mix of all things country in a relaxed and laid back atmosphere.


We hope to see you at one of these shows. Please come and say hello.


Did you know the meaning of our brand Ratcatcher? We still receive calls over the phone from desperate housewives who can hear scratching in the attics, but actually Ratcatcher is the name of a dress code for hunting, where tweed jackets and moleskin trousers could replace  hunt coats on informal occasions. The brand was created in the Seventies by our original owners under their name at that time of Cambrian Fly Fishers. Over the last 40+ years Ratcatcher has become well known for high quality country clothing and today the range of styles continues to grow.

Browse the Ratcatcher collection here.

Best regards,

Jon Wall

A scene from the Devon Show

With a new spring upon us we are making final plans for another country show season under our famous Country Heritage brand Ratcatcher. Did you know the first Agricultural show was held by the Salford Agricultural Society in 1768?

Ratcatcher is one of the few Iconic Country Heritage brands that has been available at country shows for over 40 years, initially under the ownership of the famous Cambrian Flyfishers of Wales. Whilst there is new ownership of the brand, the quality and originality of the product is as it was all those years ago.


Country Show Events

April To May

12 to 13 April – BASC Gamekeepers show Catton Park, Derbyshire

The abbreviation BASC ( British Association for shooting and conservation) was introduced in 1981. Prior to this it formed part of WAGBI ( The Wildfowlers Association of Great Britain) which had been founded by a Geordie named Stanley Duncan in 1908, at a meeting in his Wildfowling hut near Hull. In 1975 the Gamekeepers Association of the United Kingdom had joined WAGBI. Today BASC has a membership of over 132000 and has its own offices throughout the UK.

20 to 21 April – Kelmarsh Game and Country Fair Northamptonshire. Open from 8am to 6pm daily

Advance adult tickets are £13.00. There is a full range of the usual country activities and entertainment. Our favourite would be the Sheep Show, which combines laughter and information in equal shares. Great for the kids and there is even a dancing sheep section!

26 to 27 April – East Anglian Game Fair, Norwich Show ground.

Advance adult tickets £12  8am till 6pm

A great showground for this time of year with plenty of tarmac! Two years ago our van was up to its axle in mud and we had to be towed out by a very busy tractor. Plenty to see and do and very good value for money. The kids are kept busy allowing you to buy your new Ratcatcher tweed.

8 to 11 May – Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire

The event was established in 1949 for the purpose of training for future Olympic games due to the poor performance of the British team in 1948. Initially it was an all male event. Today Badminton forms part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing along with the Kentucky and Burghley. The 2013 event attracted huge crowds and the weather was perfect for both rider, horse and spectator. We were pleased to welcome into our Marquee shoppers from all over the world including many relatives of the riders themselves. It almost feels like the event is one big family as everyone is so friendly and accommodating. Whether you want a fantastic shopping experience, a serious look at eventing or just a great day out with like minded country lovers, this is an event not to be missed.

22 to 24 – May Devon County Show

The show was launched back in 1872 by the Devon County Agricultural Association. There were several locations up to 1990 when it moved to its present permanent show ground at West point in Exeter. Devon is definitely one of the best agricultural shows in the country and reminds us very of our local show the Great Yorkshire. Our marquee is almost opposite the BBC tent which ensures regular crowd swells from celebrity visits. We are also close to one of the best food halls on the circuit. Whether it is local British beef or artisan cheese the quality is simply stunning.

28 to 31 May – Royal Bath and West

Last year was the 150th show and our first. Opens 9am till 6pm daily

Earlybird adult £17.00

We loved this show last year. Great weather and superb entertainment meant lots of happy smiling people coming into our Marquee to stock up on their country wardrobe. Very well organised and a well laid out showground.


We will have our usual stand at all these shows but you are most welcome to browse and shop online now. Click Here.

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Tell us about your favourite shows and experiences in the comments below.

We will publish June and July country show guides at the end of March.

If you wish to track our progress and personal experiences at the various shows then please follow us on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Best regards,

Jon Wall

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