Ayr County Show is held annually in May at The Racecourse, Craigie Road ‘Gate A’, Ayr, KA8 0HA and offers a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. Click here to see the location on Google Maps
The Show opens at 9.00am
Adults - £12
Children (aged 14 & under accompanied by an adult) – FREE
Car Park - £3 per car
Last year was one of the busiest and most successful shows we have had for many years. This brought its own problems though and we are very aware the excessive delays in exiting the showground were common. We have fully addressed this issue and for this year’s show we are employing the services of a specialized traffic management company. They will be controlling the traffic on Craigie Road with their own stop/go system and also manually controlling the traffic lights at the crossroads on both sides of the exit from the showground.
Priority will be given to keeping traffic moving out of the showground.
Although we cannot guarantee that there will be no queues this year it should be a big improvement.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at Ayr County Show (except in the Poultry Marquee)
There's going to be loads to see and do at Ayr County Show 2015. Here's a glimpse of some of the attractions:
Hundreds of animals of a wide variety of breeds will be judged throughout the morning. The Light Horse & Pony classes will start at 8.00am, BSJA classes at 8.45am& Clydesdale Horse classes at 10.00am. While the Cattle & Sheep classes start at 9.30am, Poultry at 10.00am and Sticks & Crooks at 10am. For 2016 a new class has been added for The Clydesdale Horse Section; a Stud Cart Mare or Gelding driven by a Lady or Gentleman, this will take place in the Main Ring at approx. 1.00pm. The individual Champion animals from each section meet in the main ring around mid-afternoon for the Champion of Champions to be judged and the winner be presented with the £1000 Prize sponsored by Rotherwood Furniture. This, along with the Grand Parade of Livestock, are sights to behold.
We are delighted that our local Young Farmers District have organised this competition once again for 2016. This will take place in The Main Ring at 9.30am.
Trade Stand Exhibitors are major contributors to the show’s success; Agricultural shows are still significant business days and continue to offer a great shop window to the rural economy, we welcome companies large and small to continue their support of this event in the Scottish Agricultural Calendar.
A marquee full of great gifts ideas and many bespoke items, this Marquee is always a very popular place where exhibits from the WRI are staged and Sticks & Crooks Competition takes place.
The Food Marquee will house a variety of food manufacturers & retailers, most of them local and members of ‘Taste Ayrshire’ where they will have a chance to market & sell local produce and promote its importance to buy local. Cook School Scotland will be part of the support supplying a pop up kitchen where demo's will take place throughout the day with local chefs from Cook School Scotland& Ayrshire College demonstrating with local produce.
We will have Ayr & District Bee keepers Association and for the kids The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) children’s corner where they will be running a ‘Thank a Farmer’ theme. The competition to all Ayrshire Schools for Ayr County Show will be designed to ‘Thanking a Farmer’ for all he/she does to produce the food that we eat. We can’t forget RHEETA their fibre glass milking cow will be making an appearance to say a big happy ‘MOO’ to everyone.
For the kids we have FREE Face Painting by Face Paint Fairies & FREE Balloons & Glitter Tattoos by Rainbow Twisters.
YOUNG FARMERS ACTIVITIES
YF Handicrafts are set up in SAYFC marquee with the Senior theme being “RIO CARNIVAL” and the Junior theme being "Once Upon a Time". Also in the marquee exhibits for the Craftsmanship Competition where members will be submitting their handmade Trophies along with West Area County Cook Competition and Bake Off Competition. Young Farmers Stock judging competition will take place at 1.30pm in judging rings.
Another very popular marquee with lots to see in it. Admire all the many and varied exhibits.
All of the above plus Owl Magic, Daffy Dill Entertainment, Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club, Chainsaw Carving displays & demonstrations, Pipers, "TRUCK AYR", Catering Facilities, Bar, Children's Bouncy Slide and Funfair rides makes Ayr County Show a great day out for the whole family. Come and join us on Saturday 14th May 2016, regardless of the weather, there's plenty to see and do.
Where to stay
The Ayrshire Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA) - Website: www.ayrshirebandb.com.
Inverlea Guest House - 42 Carrick Road, Ayr, KA7 2RB – Tel: 01292 266756. Website: www.inverlea.co.uk.
Burnside Guest House - 14 Queens Terrace, Ayr, KA7 1DU. Tel: 01292 263912. Website: www.theburnsideguesthouse.co.uk.
Craigie Guest House – 46 Craigie Road, Ayr, KA8 0HA. Tel: 01292 282175. Website: www.craigieguesthouse.co.uk.
Laigh Tarbeg Farm - Ochiltree, Cumnock. Tel: 01290 700242. Website: www.laightarbeg.co.uk.
Smithston Farm - Patna, Ayr - Telephone: 01292 531211. Website: www.smithstonfarmhouse.co.uk.
Grange View Bed & Breakfast – 3 Carrick Road, Ayr, KA7 2RA - Tel: 01292 266680/07500 663889. Website: www.grange-view.co.uk.
Western House Hotel at Ayr Racecourse - Craigie Road, Ayr - Tel: 01292 294990. Website: www.westernhousehotel.co.uk.
Malin Court - Turnberry, Ayrshire - Tel: 01655 331457. Website: www.malincourt.co.uk.
Kirklandholm Farm, By Ayr - Self Catering Farm Cottages – Miss Janet Erskine. Tel: 07931 581977. Website: www.kirklandholmfarmselfcatering.co.uk.
Premier Inn Ayr – Wheatpark Place, Ayr, KA8 9RT. Tel: 0871 5279416. Website: www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/AYRWHE/ayr-a77/racecourse.