Dorset County Show has joined forces with Damory Coaches once more to provide a new fast-track route from Dorchester town centre to the showground as part of its shuttle service.
With less than a month to go, Dorset County Show will take place on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2, at Dorchester Showground. Organised by Dorchester Agricultural Society, the two-day annual show attracts more than 60,000 people each year since it began in 1840, and boasts a variety of attractions, livestock, and fun for all the family.
For just £1.80 each way visitors to the show can get to the showground in around 15 minutes due to a new fast-track route which has been introduced to help manage the increase of traffic that is expected during the weekend. Damory Coaches has also provided an additional bus into the system, which means there are three in rotation during the event.
The shuttle bus will be available over the course of the weekend, running every 40 minutes from 7.50am to 12.30pm leaving Mansell Square in Poundbury on both days. Other stops include Maud Road, Celtic Crescent, South Station and Trinity Street in Dorchester. The returning service from Dorchester Showground will also be running every 40 minutes from 1.30pm to 6.10pm.
Adam Keen, general manager of Damory Coaches, said: “Having worked closely with the Dorset County Show organisers, we have been able to make some changes to the way that the shuttle bus operates this year, which will result in easier access to the event site. The shuttle bus represents an environmentally friendly and hassle-free way of accessing the show, at a very reasonable fare.”
Will Hyde, show secretary, added: “We are really pleased to be working with Damory Coaches for the sixth year to provide a shuttle bus to take visitors to the showground. We want to make every aspect of the show, including travel, as enjoyable as possible for our visitors so we listened to the feedback we received from last year, and put these improvements in place.
“This service encourages people to use public transport which reduces the number of cars on the road and is also an easy travel option for all the family.”
During the show, competitive classes will be taking place for more than 20 different types of cattle, over 30 different types of sheep, goats and pigs, as well as in homecraft, horticulture and sheep shearing.
Camel racing will be the main ring attraction for 2018 along with show jumping, a funfair and more than 450 trade stands including Shopping@theAvenue and Dorset Artisan Craft Marquee.
Also new for 2018 is The Fabulous Food & Farming Education Area which will provide visitors with information on where our food comes from before it is sold in the supermarkets.
Please visit dorsetcountyshow.co.uk or call 01305 264249 to find out more details on what’s planned for the weekend and to book tickets. Children under 16 go free and tickets are £15 until August 25 when the price rises to £18. Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the show.