Banbury and District Show

Sunday 9th June 2019 at Spiceball Park

Banbury and District Show is held in Spiceball Park every year and is free entry.

There are two fields packed with family fun entertainment. Funfair, inflatables, various food & drink, arena entertainment, activities, dog show, beer tent and lots lots more to keep the family entertained. 

Come down and join in the fun!

Banbury Show 2017

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The Banbury and District Show on Sunday was a great day out for animal lovers, thrill seekers and budding artists.

The free-to-enter all-day event in Spiceball Park provided plenty of entertainment with two fields full of things to see and do. Two arenas hosted full programmes of exciting action and the crowds turned out in their thousands to soak up the atmosphere.

Animal lovers were spoiled for choice with a team of display horses – including the steed seen in TVs Poldark – plus dogs and ferrets. The Poldark horse was one of the Atkinson Liberty Horses who performed two high class routines in the main arena. The Banbury Cross Flyball Club demonstrated the skills of their dogs who raced over hurdles, pressed handles and carried tennis balls. A fun dog show organised by the Up ‘n’ Over Dog Club gave local owners the chance to show off their pets. Ferret racing also attracted large crowds.

Thrill seekers were amazed by motorbike stunt riders who defied fire, gravity, and other dangers. Daredevils Stunt Mania – a mother and son act – performed death-defying tricks on two wheels in the main arena.

New to the show this year was the Banbury Art Fest at which 35 artists celebrated all that’s good about local arts and crafts. Visitors watched potters, painters and weavers at work – and bought their products. The artists talked about how they got started, who influenced them, and how they developed their own styles.

The second arena featured music, dancing and drama. On stage were the Implexa Dance Company, the Danielle Buick Academy of Theatre Arts, Joanne Mills School of Dance, Kaleidoscope Theatre College, Banbury Dance Classes, Sharon Green Dance School and Stagecoach Performing Arts.

Around the park, stalls and sideshows included inflatables, go karts, climbing wall, falconry, derby hoppers, dash ‘n’ grab, charity stalls, trade stands, plus food and drink outlets including a beer tent. A fun fair provided rides for children and adults.

The Banbury Show is an annual favourite with residents and is organised by Banbury Town Council. Mayor Cllr Colin Clarke, said: “It was a busy day with lots going on. Estimates put the crowd at more than 10,000. It was the perfect opportunity for families to have a great day out with something on offer for just about everyone. Once again we provided something new. This year it was the Arts Fest. Spiceball Park is a marvellous facility and the perfect place for an event as big as the Banbury and District Show.”

Banbury Show 2016

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Rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who enjoyed an action-packed Banbury and District Show on Sunday.

Crowd numbers were boosted in the afternoon when the sun appeared and organisers Banbury Town Council said the event was a massive success despite the wet morning.

In the arena, the Xtreme Stunt Team, the Coventry Drum Corps and the Banbury Cross Flyball Club entertained spectators – while on stage in the second field groups of young dancers and the Brackley Brass Band attracted plenty of attention.

A funfair, charity stalls, food and drink sellers and other sideshows did good business and a giant TV screen relayed The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations live from London.

Mayor Gordon Ross said: “Everyone knows there is plenty to do and see at the Banbury and District Show and they come out even when the weather is bad. It was great to see so many people smiling in the rain.”

Cllr Colin Clarke, chairman of the council’s general services committee, added: “A great deal of hard work goes into the planning and organisation of the show and it’s so pleasing to see, despite the poor weather conditions, so many people having a good time.”

Banbury Show 2015

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Massive crowds flocked to the Banbury and District Show on Sunday as the rain stayed away and the sun appeared for a few brief moments. Independent estimates put the figure at more than 10,000.

Superb entertainment in two arenas was matched by dozens of stalls, funfair rides, food vendors, beer tent, and animal attractions including a dog show, pig and ferret racing, and a flyball dog demonstration.

Youngsters were able to ride quad bikes and go-karts, play crazy golf and table football, enjoy zorb balls and climb walls. A wrestling marquee was a huge hit as were health and fitness sessions in a second marquee.

Hundreds of people watched the arena acts, starting with the Joseph Peace Fire Show, followed by Galloping Acrobatics and a display by Banbury’s 142 Vehicle Squadron Army Reserve.

In the second arena, crowds watched the Julie Bruce Dance/Drama Academy, Freestyle Martial Arts, and line dancing with the Banbury Boot Scooters.

Banbury mayor Tony Mepham said: “Today’s Banbury and District Show is magnificent. I think there is more to see and more to do than ever before and this must be one of the best free-to-enter events anywhere in the country. I’m pleased that so many people have turned out to enjoy the day.”