June Country Show Preview

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