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.

View our full accessibility guide here

What are the dates of the 2024 Kent County Show?

The next Kent County Show will be held on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2024.

What are the opening times?

The Show is open from 8:00am to 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Last entry is 5pm.

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 purchase tickets on the day?

Yes, tickets are available to purchase on the day. We accept both cash and card payments.

What does my entry price cover?

Your ticket provides access into the Show 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?

Yes, you can use your pre-booked ticket on any one day of the Show. Once your ticket has been scanned it will not admit you to another day.

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 purchase Membership, which provides entry on all three days. Membership starts at £60 for the year, and includes tickets to both Heritage Transport Show and Biddenden Tractorfest, allowing you to enjoy all our events!

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 630975.

Do carers come for free?

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 28th June. Orders without documentation or orders made after 28th 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.

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 some other features are on grass. If you would prefer, electric mobility scooters are available to hire from Advanced Mobility Solutions and can be pre-booked.

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.

 

Can I hire a mobility scooter?

Advanced Mobility Solutions will be providing mobility scooter hire throughout all three days of the Kent County Show. Scooters can be pre-booked in advance online here, or by calling 01274 297777.

Scooters will also be available to hire on the day.

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
  • Fully accessible toilet and changing facility
  • 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 to 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 our Village Green next to the bandstand, or by the ringside if you prefer.

What is the policy for lost children?

Lost children found on site should be taken to the security control, located behind the Show Office. If your child has gone missing on site, please report this to a Show Steward or Security team member who will be able to report this to our Control Room. Wristbands which parents or guardians can write their emergency contact number on are available free of charge for all children on entry. Please ask a team member on the gate when you arrive to get your free wristbands.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome at the Kent County Show, but must be kept on a lead. We have lots of activities for dogs to participate in. Dogs are unfortunately not permitted inside 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 no matter what the weather conditions.

Is there a shuttle bus?

Nu-Venture (01622 882288) will again provide a shuttle bus to and from the County Show – dates are Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2024. 

Bus service x33 picks up from Maidstone Town Centre (Maidstone East Station outside County Hall and King Street opposite Boots) direct to the main entrance to the Kent County Showground at Detling.

Times and fares: 

TO THE SHOW: Maidstone East Station (pick up) 0915, 1030, 1145 

Maidstone King Street (pick up) 0920, 1035, 1150 

RETURN from Kent County Show (near Entrance 1) at 1500, 1630 and 1815

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

Nu-Venture – Telephone 01622 882288.

What do I do if I feel unwell?

Qualified first aid staff will be available around the Showground at all times during the Show. If you feel unwell, please report it to one of our friendly stewards, or to the Show Office, and a first aider can be alerted.

Are there any baby changing and feeding facilities?

There are baby changing facilities in the toilets in the Clive Emson Exhibition 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