International Dzhigitovka Show
The International Dzhigitovka Show will take centre stage at the Kent County Show on 5, 6, 7 July 2019 as the main ring attraction for the Show’s 90th year.
The British Dzhigitovka Team, joined by current world champion Sergey Murugov and other national champions, will showcase their world class military and gymnastic skills, all from horseback, as they take to the main ring at the 90th Kent County Show next year. Riding on Andalucian stunt horses, the team will thrill with flaming jumps, horseback archery, and human pyramids. The performers have trained with Russian Cossacks in the special style of trick riding, or dzhigitovka, to put on a fast-paced display of stunts. This will be the International Dzhigitovka Show’s first appearance at the Kent County Show.
The Kent Spitfire known as ‘Spirit of Kent’ from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
The ‘Spirit of Kent’ better known as ‘The Kent Spitfire’ is a MK9 TA805 with the No. 234 Squadron colours. The aircraft flies in memory of No. 131 (County of Kent) Fighter Squadron. The Kent Spitfire will complete an exciting display over the Kent Showground on all three Show days.
The plane was sold to the South African Airforce in the early 1960’s as an operational aircraft. It flew until 1976 when it was scrapped. It returned to the UK in the 1980’s and was rebuilt on the Isle of Wight. The Heritage Hangar later purchased the plane, and are delighted that they are able to fly her at the Kent County Show.
The display commentary will take place in the main Astor Ring but the iconic aircraft can be seen and heard over the entire Showground.
Titan the Robot
Our old friend Titan will be back at the Show for Saturday and Sunday. This giant robot is a must see for anyone coming to the Kent County Show.
Titan’s unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music created a show unrivalled in the world today and has lead him to appear on TV shows such as Big Brother, Daybreak and the Gadget Show as well as popping up at many prestigious events including the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix and the UK premier of iRobot and Real Steel. Titan has also worked alongside superstars including Will.i.am, Rihanna , Will Smith and Jackie Chan.
Since his conception way back when, Titan the Robot has become a bit of a big deal and his comical antics have built up a cult following in the real world as well as on the World Wide Web. Titan’s live performances can draw large crowds and a first encounter with the 2.4m robot can make even the bravest of people just a little nervous.
Free Pony Rides
Pony Parties Kent is based in Ryarsh, Kent. With over 30 years knowledge, they have been involved with horses all their lives from breeding, teaching people to ride, schooling, breaking in horses, re-training racehorses, jump judging and giving pony rides at fetes. Their love of children and ponies gave the company the idea of holding pony parties which they have been doing very successfully for the past 5 years. Ash and Toby are their wonderfully natured and experienced ponies and every child’s dream. They love to be groomed, pampered, glittered and plaited.
Vic Ellis’s roving One Man Band
Vic is popular with all ages and suitable for a wide range of events and venues. A unique performer, covered with over 20 instruments, he sings and dances to his own music. Vic’s repertoire is very impressive and includes traditional airs, sea shanties, cockney songs, etc., etc. Smiles are guaranteed. Vic will be wandering the Showground helping to create a party atmosphere.
Kentish Morris Dancers
You wouldn’t be at a Kent County Show without seeing a few Morris Dancers. Steeped in Kentish tradition, Morris dancing is often associated with beer and it is the link to hop gardens and brewing that has fostered a link with the county. Its origins are not completely known but by the early 16th century morris dancing had become a fixture of Church festivals. In medieval and Renaissance England, the churches brewed and sold ales, including wassail. Later in the century the morris became attached to village fetes, and the May Day revels; Shakespeare says “as fit as a morris for May Day” and “a Whitsun morris dance.” Escribe Kits Coty Morris will be at the Show on Friday, Boughton Monchelsea Morris on Saturday and Bagman Hartley Morris men on Sunday.
Browse, buy and be entertained at the Antique and Vintage Village in the John Hendry Pavilion. A vibrant area bursting with antique, vintage, retro, collectable, shabby chic, preloved, upcycled and bizarre items. There will also be a selection of fantastic vintage entertainers throughout the three days.
The traditional funfair is a nostalgic nod to days gone by when funfairs were built by craftsmen and travelled the country. The Kent County Show will have an exciting blend of rides and stalls that test your skills and give you plenty of thrills!