Frequently Asked Questions
16/03/2020 – CANCELLED. The National Shire Horse Show 2020 is now cancelled owing to the Coronavirus. Those who purchased online tickets will be refunded in due course. Those who purchased their tickets direct from the office and require a refund please send the tickets to the office.
We look forward to welcoming our visitors to the 2020 National Shire Horse Show. The Show dates are 20th-22nd March 2020 and will be held at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 OBD.
Some of the questions we are asked are listed below. Please note the office and telephone will be unmanned from the Thursday prior to the Show owing to staff being on site. The office will re-open the following Tuesday.
Q. Is the Show going ahead?
A. The Show is going ahead (13 March 2020).
Q. Is the Show held indoors?
A. Yes the whole Show including the ring, trade stands, museum and the stables are all indoors.
Q. Can I bring my trade stand to your Show?
Q. Can I purchase tickets at a discounted price in advance?
Q. I’ve purchased my tickets online but now I cannot find my e-ticket email.
A. No problem please click here to obtain this information.
Q. Can I purchase tickets on the gate?
A. Yes tickets can be purchased on the gate by cash only.
Q. Can I pay on the gate by a card payment?
A. Only cash sales can be taken on the gate.
Q. Do you offer carer’s tickets?
A. If a visitor has a full-time carer or attendant, that carer can have access to the event free of charge by applying before Friday 13th March 2020 with supporting documentation to: The Shire Horse Society, The Old Dairy, Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8TH.
Please note that advance tickets will only be provided upon satisfactory proof that the attendant is a carer.
Q. What are the prices for children?
A. Children under 5 years of age are admitted free of charge. Ticket price for children aged 5 – 13 is £8.00 in advance and £10.00 on the gate. A family ticket is available too. Please note children under 13 yrs gain complimentary admission on Sunday but not on Friday or Saturday.
Q. Can I sponsor part of the Show?
A. Sponsorship starts from just £100.00 and comes with many benefits. The Society is grateful to those that help with this. Please call the office on 01536 771611.
Q. Where can I find local accommodation.
Q. Is there car parking?
A. Yes the Showground has plenty of parking spaces and the parking charge in 2020. £2.00 for all cars entering the Showground.
Q. Can I bring my dog to the National Show?
A. We welcome all well behaved dogs on short leads and ask their owners to clear up after them.
Q. Can I book in advance a place on the popular stable tours (Saturday/Sunday)?
A. Unfortunately not, bookings can only be made on the day via the Shire Horse Society’s office in the main entrance. Booking is advisable on arrival.
Q. Is there a cash machine at the National Show?
A. No sorry we don’t have one on site but the nearest can be found at the Co-op Supermarket, Brereton Way, Stafford.
Q. Can I bring my caravan/camper van and stay for the period of the Show?
A. We do offer a number of spaces with or without electricity on the Showground and full details are available in our Caravan Section or simply call the office on 01536 771611 to reserve your space.
Q. I am staying on the caravan field are there showers and toilets?
A. Yes there are clean and well equipped facilities located next to the caravan field and inside Bingley Hall.
Q. I am not a member of the Society, but would like to attend the Annual Dinner on the Friday evening and the Party Night (ticketed event with entertainment) on the Saturday is this possible?
A. Yes we welcome both members and non-members to the Annual Dinner and Party Night. Please email the office for an application form. Alternatively please download the form from our Forms and Downloads page.
Q. I am staying on site, where can I eat on site in the evening?
A. The Drayman’s in the Pavilion will be open on Friday, 20th March from 5.15pm and will offer hot food and a bar. Alternatively come and join us at the Annual Dinner (see above).
Q. What is the postcode of the event?
A. The postcode is ST18 OBD
Q. Where can I find a taxi?
A. Please try calling Stafford Taxis on 01785 500123
Q. Is there WiFi at the Show?
Q. What is the best day to come?
A. A ring programme is available to download here.
If your question hasn’t been answered, please do call us on 01536 771611 where we will be very pleased to assist you or simply send us an email. Please note that the Shire Horse Society’s office will be unmanned from Thursday, 19th March through to Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 (9.00am) as all staff will be at the Show.