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Venue Details

Dorset Showground
Dorset Showground
Church Farm
West Stour
Gillingham
Dorset
Sp8 5RL
01747 838888
The ALL WEATHER ARENA is landscaped in the countryside, a beautifully finished 80m x 52m Martin Collins clopf © and sand surface with undercover standing room for horses and spectators. Adjoining the surface is a warm up arena of 55m x 30m, which can be amalgamated into the large surface if required. The ARENA is a well maintained and watered grass ring of around 2.5 acres in size, complete with a derby bank, with its own grass warm up and collecting ring. Spectator benches and the pavilion highlight the amphitheatre design of the ring, giving atmosphere to any event. BRIDGE RING is a 60m x 80m flat grass ring with a warm up area adjacent. The quiet nature, level surface and trees lining the perimeter make this the perfect setting for young horses or novice riders. Sponsors and Catering Pavilion The pavilion overlooks the main arena, with spectator seating both inside, outside and on the patio area. Top quality catering is provided here during events, in the form of full meals, buffets or snacks. Secretary A separate secretaries building is central to the rings, fully equipped with phone lines and wi-fi. Judges Boxes Both the all-weather surface and grass arena have purpose built judges boxes built above the rings to give a 180 degree view of the rings. These are finished to a high standard and fully equipped with phone lines, wi-fi, PA systems and their own timings systems and spectator clocks. The showground’s electricity is powered by solar and a newly installed hydro scheme. Stabling Thirty 12 x 12 permanent stables are onsite with lights both inside and out. Another 24 Le Cheveux temporary stables are available. These are on grass, with space to park your lorry close by. There is hand standing parking for 40 + lorries as well as grass parking, and 16 electric hook ups available. Plenty of space for caravans and tents. Toilets and Showers The toilets and showers are of a wet room design; modern, full underfloor heating and cleaned on a daily basis during events. A washing-up sink, washing machine and tumble dryer are incorporated into this unit. Local services There is a garage, shop and off-licence opposite the show ground entrance and the village pub, The Ship Inn, is walking distance serving award winning food and they also provide Bed & Breakfast. Other activities For the non - horsey members of your party we have half a mile of course fishing on site and a choice of two sites with Carp lakes within two miles. One mile away is an indoor play area for the under 5s. http://www.dorsetshowground.co.uk/client/about.php

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