Saturday 5th September
The Cotswolds is an agricultural area, with farming at its heart. If you want to learn a little more, see an authentic farming show – and have a very good day out, a visit to Moreton Show is a winner. ‘Traditional but always changing’ is how they like to describe it. You’ll be amazed at how much it’s possible to fit into one day. The event runs from 9am to 6pm.
On the traditional, agricultural side of things, the day is a delight for horse lovers – more than a thousand horses are gathered for showing and jumping. The action takes place in a grand arena – in the course of the day there are mounted games, fancy dress, displays of ‘heavy horses’. Across the site, you’ll see the very best of livestock and rural life demonstrations under the banner of ‘Farmtastic’, a celebration of farming and rural life. Demonstrations are wonderfully varied: Clumber Spaniels, vintage tractors, terrier racing, Welsh axemen and falconry are all recommended.
Moreton Show is entirely family-friendly and children have the opportunity to see and hear how farming produces the food that they eat. They can also listen to storytellers and even experience some opera from the local, Longborough Opera. Over at the Cotswolds Food Market, there’s a great deal of pride taken in ensuring that only the best Cotswold food and drink is on offer.
The day includes a series of cooking demonstrations in a Warner Budgens sponsored arena:
9.45 – 10.15 Sarah Dugdale, Masterchef 2019 Semi-Finalist: Smoked haddock, Welsh rarebit with buttered leeks, parsley & cream
10.30 – 11.00 Children’s Gingerbread Challenge: Come and decorate gingerbread to celebrate 70 years of Moreton Show.
11.15 – 11.45 ‘Chef-Off’ between Martin Burge and JonIngram
12.00 – 12.45 Cheese & Beer Matching – James Clarke, Hook Norton Brewery & Adrian Fowler, Fowlers Cheesemakers. Taste some of the delicious beers produced by Hook Norton Brewery and learn why they match with local cheeses so well
1.00 – 1.30 Cooking Demonstration – Sarah Dugdale, Masterchef 2019 Semi-Finalist – Thai chicken satay.
1.45 – 2.15 Meet the Producer – Sally Booth from Sixteen Ridges Vineyard, Ledbury
2.30 – 3.15 Cheese & Beer Matching – James Clarke, Hook Norton Brewery & Adrian Fowler, Fowlers Cheesemakers
3.30 – 3.45 Cooking Demonstration – Sarah Dugdale, Masterchef 2019 Semi-Finalist
4.00 – 4.30 Children’s Gingerbread Challenge
4.45 – 5.15 Meet the Producer – Libby Elswood from Goffs Brewery, Winchcombe
Finally, for just one day, Moreton Show becomes one of the best places for shopping in the Cotswolds, with over 350 stands trading country clothing, books, food and basically all things rural.
The climax of the show is at 3.50, a Grand Parade of cattle and sheep. You get to see the finest livestock and see what winning a category at Moreton Show really means to local farmers and growers.
A very full day, head back to the Broadway Hotel afterwards for a drink in the bar and dinner in Tattersalls Brasserie confident in the knowledge that you’ve experienced a very ‘real’ part of Cotswold life.