I realise that it has been a while since we have given a status update and with 3 months to go, now is a great time to do so.

Over the last few weeks the organisers have been working to maintaining the show field and implementing improvements. We have recently had a new gate installed at the main entrance to improve security. The gate has been widened and set back to enable larger vehicles to swing into the show site more easily.

We have had several hedges cut back, in some cases several meters of depth has been removed, which has opened up various areas of the show field providing more space for exhibitors and re-enactors. You may remember the rather large bramble bushes near the stream which runs through the re-enactors field, they have been significantly reduce in size, which we hope will enable the public to see across and encourage them to interact and explore the show more thoroughly.

In particular there is was a working party at the show field today in which we spent securing the other entrances and improving emergency access to the show field, as well as replacing the posts to which water supply taps are mounted. We were also pleased to have the attendance of several members of the Wessex Hillrunners 4×4 group who plan to support the show this year by very kindly offering to assist with groundwork and constructing a bridge to provide access for vehicles to the plastic camping field. You’ll also be able to catch them at the show, see them in the arena or in their “mud run”.

We have a good number of vehicles, re-enactors and traders already booked in. If you haven’t done so already, best get a move on. Please to the online forms, which can be found in the menu bar under their respective headings, if you have a vehicle or a re-enactor group. Vehicles will receive an immediate response and confirmation of acceptance to the show. Re-enactors will receive an immediate confirmation of their application information. The re-enactors coordinator will process these applications and undertake some checks and will confirm any requirements in full at a later date. Traders should download the forms available and post them along with full payment to our Traders coordinator.