Kent County Show – FAQ

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 2020 Kent County Show?

This year’s Show will be on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2020.

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 at advance sale prices can be purchased online until midnight on Thursday 9 July 2020. These are automatically emailed to the customer for printing at home. On Show days, you can still buy tickets online at the on gate prices.

What does my entry price cover?

Once inside the Showground you don’t need to spend another penny if you don’t want to. All demonstrations, exhibitions and ring entertainment are free for all to enjoy. You may need to buy something to eat or drink, enjoy a visit to the fairground or be tempted by all the shopping!

Is my advance purchase ticket valid for any day?

Tickets bought in advance can be used on any one day i.e. any one of the three days (Friday to Sunday).

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 allow you access to the Show for all 3 days. This will offer you a chance to see all the different and exciting exhibits that make up the County’s largest outdoor event as well as access to our members’ areas. 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 at the Members Information Tent next to the Food and Farming Area.

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 exactly?

The Showground is on the A249 at the top of Detling Hill between junction 7 of the M20 and junction 5 of the M2.

Is there a charge for car parking?

No, car parking is free of charge

Where is the nearest railway station?

The nearest railway station is Maidstone East.

Is there parking for disabled people?

All entrances at the Kent County Show are accessible by disabled visitors. There is parking for the disabled which will be clearly signposted. 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.

Can I use my wheelchair at the showground?

The Showground is wheelchair friendly with many surfaced roads; the marquees and many 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.

Wheelchair/scooter hire will also be available from Safehands Mobility. For pre booking contact Safehands Mobility on 01303 274574 or for more information please visit their website: www.safehandsmobility.co.uk/hire-k-c-s

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.

The Spitfire Public Restaurant can be found in the Clive Emson Exhibition Hall, next to the Food Hall and will be serving food and drink every Show day.

Can we bring a picnic?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. You can sit in Murrain Wood, next to the bandstand or if you prefer by the ringside. In addition, there is a great choice of food on sale at the various catering points and there is a public restaurant opposite the cattle building. There are also bars of various types around the Showground, including cider, real ale and milk.

What is the policy for lost children?

Children’s wristbands will be given out at the gates for parents and guardians to write their emergency contact number on so if the child is lost they can be contacted.

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.

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.

Can I hire a wheelchair / mobility scooter?

Wheelchair/scooter hire will be available from Safehands Mobility. For pre booking contact Safehands Mobility on 01303 274574 or for more information please visit their website: www.safehandsmobility.co.uk/hire-k-c-s

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 cash points available on Show days?

Yes, there are cash machines in the centre of the Showground behind Alan Day House.

Are there any camping and caravan sites on the Showground?

Yes, there are both caravan and camping facilities adjacent to the Showground, bookable in advance. Please visit our Caravan Park website at Oak View Caravan Park.