Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about the Kent County Show you may be able to find an answer here.

If you can’t find an answer to your question, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

What are the dates of the 2022 Kent County Show?

The next Kent County Show will be held on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July 2022.

What are the opening times?

The Show is open from 8am to 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Who organises the show?

The Kent County Show is run and managed by the Kent County Agricultural Society. As a charity,  the Society have the following charitable objectives and in addition make a number of awards each year.

  • The improvement of agriculture, forestry, horticulture, allied industries, rural crafts and the breeding of livestock.
  • The demonstration of improved methods connected with the above.
  • The holding of an Annual Show in Kent.
  • The encouragement of agricultural and horticultural education, research and experimental work.
    Find out more here.

Can I still purchase tickets before the Show?

Yes, tickets can be purchased online and are automatically sent to your inbox. You can print these at home or show the QR code on your phone upon entry. On Show days you can purchase tickets online, or on the gate, but they will be at a slightly increased rate.

What does my entry price cover?

Your ticket gives you access into the Showground for the whole day. All demonstrations, exhibitions and ring entertainment are free for all to enjoy. Once inside the Show you don’t have to spend another penny if you don’t want to, but our enticing food and shopping stands may tempt you!

Is my advance purchase ticket valid for any day?

No, you must purchase the ticket of the day you wish to attend. You will not be able to swap days unless first agreed by the Society.

Can I buy a ticket that is valid for all three days?

The best way to see all that the Kent County Show has to offer is to become a member which will get you tickets for all three days. Membership starts at £45 and is valid for a whole year.

To become a member, please click here. If you have already bought your general entry tickets for this year’s Show, you can upgrade to a membership by calling 01622 633058.

Are there concession tickets?

The Kent County Agricultural Society does not wish to discriminate against visitors with disabilities, so the full pre-paid admission price will be charged. However, if a visitor has a full time carer, a free ticket will be allocated to the carer at the time of purchasing a standard price ticket.

This concession is available when purchasing tickets in advance, by post or email (online ticket purchase will not be available) or at Entrances 1 and 4 on the day of the Show. Supporting documentation such as Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Carers Allowance must be provided.

For tickets purchased in advance, evidence must be sent or emailed (info@kentshowground.co.uk) to the Society with your ticket order number and cheque or credit card details by Friday 1st July. Orders without documentation or orders made after 29 June will not be accepted and tickets will have to be purchased at full price on Show day.

For tickets purchased on Entrances 1 and 4 on Show days, evidence and photo identification must be provided. Orders without documentation will not be accepted and all tickets will have to be purchased at full price.

If there are circumstances that mean visitors with disabilities are unable to attend on the day due to their disability and the ticket is not used, a full refund will be provided. Please note a request must be made in writing within one month of the Show and tickets will need to be returned to us prior to a refund being issued.

Can I pay by credit card at the entrance?

Yes, there are credit card facilities on all gates.

Is there a reduction for afternoon/evening entry?

No, the price is the same at all times. Last entry is at 5.00pm each day.

Where is the Showground and how I get there?

The Showground is on the A249 at the top of Detling Hill between junction 7 of the M20 and junction 5 of the M2. You can get directions here.

 

Is there a charge for car parking?

No, there is plenty of car parking and parking is free of charge. Please note that parking will be on grass.

Where is the nearest railway station?

The nearest railway station is Maidstone East. Additional transportation will have to be arranged to get to the Showground.

Is there parking for disabled people?

All entrances at the Kent County Show are accessible by disabled visitors. There is also a designated disabled car park, which you will be directed to from the Main Gate (A249). We recommend that you approach the show from the M20 J7 and display your blue badge to the parking stewards.

Can I use my wheelchair at the showground?

The Showground is wheelchair friendly with many surfaced roads, however, the marquees and other features are on grass.

An induction loop is available in some buildings on the Showground. Toilets for the disabled are provided and will be clearly marked on the Show Map.

At the moment we do not have a company offering Wheelchair/Mobility Scooters for hire at the Show and we recommend you make your own arrangements if these are required.

What facilities are there?

We aim to make a visit to the Showground accessible, comfortable and enjoyable for all visitors.

  • Designated disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Tarmac roads
  • Electric scooter and wheelchair accessible
  • Assistance dogs welcome (restricted access for some areas)

Can I get something to eat and drink?

There are lots of places to eat and drink, in fact the Showground is bursting with the very best of local produce for you to taste, try and buy.

Public catering units are sited throughout the Showground and there are a number of picnic areas where families can relax.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

We try our best to cater for a number of dietary requirements where possible and many of the food units provide vegetarian/vegan options. If you have any specific allergies please make sure you speak the member of staff in the catering unit.

Can we bring a picnic?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a picnic. You can sit in Murrain Wood, next to the bandstand or by the ringside if you prefer.

What is the policy for lost children?

Lost children should be taken to the security control, located behind the Show Office.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome at the Kent County Show, but must be kept on a short lead. We have lots of activities for dogs to participate in. Dogs are unfortunately not permitted inside the Maidstone Exhibition Hall, the cattle marquees, sheep lines and the goat marquee.

Please think about the well-being of your dog in extreme weather conditions. If hot, provide plenty of fresh water and seek shade where possible. Do not leave your dog in your vehicle, dogs die in hot cars.

Is there a shuttle bus?

We will be working with Nu-Venture to offer a shuttle bus service from Maidstone.

Buses will leave Maidstone East Station (bus stop O outside County Hall, opposite Maidstone East Station) on each day of the Show at 0900, 1000, 1100. Buses will then call at Maidstone Town Centre, King Street (bus stop K1 opposite Boots) at 0910, 1010, 1110.

Buses will return from the Kent County Show (Main Gate Car Park) to Maidstone East Station and Maidstone Town Centre at 1500, 1600, 1700 and 1815.

Flat fare for all adult passengers: £4 single, £5 day return. Children up to 16th birthday travel free. (No other tickets or discounts valid).

Nu-Venture – Telephone 01622 882288.

What do I do if I feel unwell?

The Kent Showground has a permanent St John Ambulance facility in the centre of the Showground, behind the Show Office. Qualified first aid staff will be available around the Showground at all times during the Show and will have two mobile units at Entrance 1 and at the Countryside Ring.

Are there any baby changing and feeding facilities?

There are baby changing facilities in the toilets in the Clive Emson Exhibition Hall next to the Food Hall. For our members, there are additional baby change facilities in the members toilets.

Are there any camping and caravan sites on the Showground?

Caravan and camping facilities are available within walking distance at Oak View Holiday Park, opposite the Showground.

Oak View Holiday Park, Scragged Oak Road, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3HB

Call 01622 470067 or visit www.oakviewholidaypark.co.uk