130th Dean and Shelton Country Show
1:00 pm, Saturday 7th September 2024
What better way to enjoy an English Summer’s day than a traditional village show set in the beautiful countryside of the borders of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire set in the ancient Hundred of Stodden. The Dean and Shelton Country show offers fun for all the family young or old, with a range of fun-packed attractions including stalls, a Silver band, a dog show, a classic vehicle rally, etc. There is also the opportunity to enter your homegrown flowers and vegetables, cakes, crafts, and photography in The Produce show. The aim of the Dean and Shelton Country Show is to bring the people of Lower Dean Upper Dean and Shelton together to provide a fun-filled event that helps to raise funds for charities. Continued success helps ensure that this event will remain on the calendar for many years to come.
It is likely to have been village fairs or fetes held in the Huntingdonshire village of Upper Dean since medieval times these would have been held on Butt field off Shay Lane once the village green and used initially for archery practice. Village fayres are also known to have been held in local village churchyards, where beer is likely to have been sold. The historic Dean and Shelton Country Show is now one of the country's longest-running village shows and was founded by the Headmaster of the Old Dean School in 1885, and in 2019 held its 125th show. Originally just known as the Dean Flower Show, this was held at the old school and adjacent field. In the 1930s the show became known as the Dean and Shelton Flower Show and was held every Tuesday after the August bank holiday, the show was quite an event with teas and sandwiches, 50 pens to keep livestock, music, provided by local brass and silver bands, evening supper and dance held after the show.
The committee is dedicated to ensuring that this Great British Village Show is continued for at least another 128 years. In the 1980s the show moved from the Eileen Wade Lower School to the Dalton Hall, the show is still held at the Dalton Hall, every first Saturday in September. The Dalton Hall is filled with flowers, and local produce from homes and gardens in the same way that the original shows of the 1880s had done. Today the Dean and Shelton Country Show is like a country fair and still has a live band, a beautiful produce show, a juggler, a glorious tea tent, stalls selling crafts, foods and toys, demonstrations, and exhibitors like the Royal British Legion and the Dean Dog Show are now all part of this historic event. Classic vehicles including a rally of cars, commercials, motorcycles, tractors, military and steam are now all included. When possible the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also provide a flypast or a display.
With your help, the show will continue for another 129 years.
A Traditional And Historic Village Show For Everyone
This year’s Show includes classes for Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers. Village Flower Shows have been part of rural life for many years and the Dean and Shelton Country Show dates back to 1885. Whilst Flowers and Produce are the heart and soul of the Show, there are also classes for Household plants, Floral Art, Photography, Craftwork, Baking, Eggs and Preserves. For children, there are also classes including handwriting and model making. Why not try your hand in one or more of the classes. There is something for almost everyone and simply having a go is a lot of fun. There are also eleven trophies to be won.
Some images of the 2018 Dean and Shelton Country Show
Dean and Shelton Classic Vehicle Display
Begun in 2008 the Dean and Shelton Classic Vehicle Display has now reached its 10th year starting with local village cars and tractors the odd motorcycle and even a Routemaster Bus, the display now reaches nearly 100 vehicles of all types and ages.
If we have a completed application form returned to us and have your address we will post you a new form to remind you, however you can just turn up but be sure that you are in position by midday, the tea tent, hog roast, Bells and Whistles bar and Ice cream van will also be on station should you need sustenance.
Trade stands and Stall Holders Dean and Shelton Country Show
You are able to bring along your own gazebo and tables for a fee of £15.00, multiples of a 3 X 3m pitches are also available, Trade stands or stallholders can apply for a space using our form DSCS 1, this entitles you to a 3 X 3m space. However, if required oversize spaces are also available at £25.00.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide gazebos this year.
We now will require each stallholder or trade stand to provide their own employers and or public liability insurance. For food and drink stalls, we will require a copy of a minimum of a level 2 Food Hygiene for food retailers certificate for retailers and a local authorities licence for alcohol when required.
Cancelled Dean Dog Show Cancelled
The Dean Dog Show is intended as a fun event and has been held at the Dean and Shelton Country Show since 2017. There is no need to enter beforehand just turn up pay your entry fees and then take part. The Dean Dog Show is open to all dogs small or large. There is a new start time for the Dean Dog Show which now starts at 1 pm. Sadly, this year, the dog show will not be part of the show.
Show attractions include the following: Traditional Village Show Tea Tent, the historic Flower and Produce Show, Children's rides, Classic Vehicles, including tractors, classic cars and motorcycles, Military Vehicles, Juggling and Circus skills, Corby Silver Band, Livestock, Hog Roast, Food and Craft stalls, Educational exhibits, The 'Bells and Whistles' licenced bar, Ice Cream and more.