The Household Cavalry Musical Ride
The Household Cavalry are steeped in tradition and will perform at the Kent County Show dressed in full state ceremonial uniforms. The performance will demonstrate the Regiment’s precise battlefield and ceremonial manoeuvres all carried out to music. Riders will train for this display at least a month in advance and will have completed a five month riding course. The display at the Kent County Show will demonstrate the rigorous training, precision and excellence of the world’s only combat serving mounted ceremonial soldiers and is sure to delight and entertain visitors on all three days of the 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.
The Hedge Men
Introducing one of the quirkiest, most outrageous and downright silly walkabout entertainment acts, the Hedge Men have been putting their roots down and making people laugh since 2008. Have a tree hug with some amazing real life Hedge Men! Straight from the pages of a fairy story, these human shaped bushes have come to life to walk, talk and cuddle their way around the Kent County Show.
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.
Joseph’s Amazing Racing Pigs
Six rare breed pigs, ranging from Tamworths to Gloucester Old Spots, will fill the ring with their amusing antics. The handlers in country style outfits encourage them down the track by shaking a bucket of food. The pigs race over the hurdles in a rush to be the first to the bucket! Joseph’s Amazing Racing Pigs will be available to cheer on during all three days of the Show.
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 Market in the John Hendry Pavilion. A vibrant area bursting with antique, vintage, retro, collectable, shabby chic, preloved, upcycled and bizarre items. Plus upholstery demonstrations, a chill area, music and quick craft ideas for adults and children – all with a bygone theme.
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!