Prize pigs, freak veg and haggis hurling: readers’ best UK country shows

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Tipsters pick their favourite agricultural fairs and other rural shindigs – including some for the diary in 2022

The Great Dorset Steam Fair in Tarrant Hinton (returning 25-29 August 2022) is the ultimate country fair in my opinion. Covering over 240 hectares (600 acres), it’s the size of a small town. There is a vast spread of attractions, from working traction engines and vintage farm machinery to huge craft tents to motorcycle stunt displays to live music and much more. Peruse rows of trade stalls, take a ride at the fairground or listen to some of the many fairground organs, playing everything from traditional tunes to Abba hits. Alluring aromas will draw you into the food hall marquees, where you will be spoiled for choice.
Sharon Pinner

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