Celebrating the traditional and embracing the future

Ayr County Show was first established way back in 1836. Now in its 188th year, it’s back for the 179th time on Saturday 11th May 2024.

Understandably, the show didn’t take place during the two World Wars, amidst the Foot and Mouth outbreak, or as a result of the Covid pandemic, but its winning formula has ensured continued success since the very beginning.

Originally taking place over two days, Ayr County Show is now condensed into one fun-packed day of events, exhibitions, competitions, music, family entertainment, trade stands, food, crafts and much, much more. And because everything takes place on the same day, you won’t miss a thing!

Celebrating the traditional and embracing the future, Ayr County Show is an absolute must for both farming communities and families looking for an enjoyable and affordable day out.

As well as the many different animals to admire, there is music from Irvine Pipe Band, a Trucks & Tractor Show courtesy of TT Ayr, Children’s Education Barn, Tug of War, the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club static display, Showjumping, Owl Magic, Giant Tortoises, Cowboys on Stilts, Children’s Bouncy Slide and Funfair rides. Dinosaur Invasion will also be hosting both baby and life-size Dinos!

Those wanting to appreciate more traditional livestock can see some of the finest Dairy and Beef Cattle, Sheep, and Clydesdale Horses, all groomed to perfection in the hope of securing a rosette. Winners of each of the overall classes will compete for the Rowan Crystal Trophy presented to the Champion of Champions after the final parade.

Of course, food and drink plays a major part with the ‘Field to Fork’ link of particular importance. With this in mind, the Ayrshire Agricultural Association is committed to the ongoing success of the Ayr County Show promising a good range of attractions whilst not losing its true agricultural roots.

Away from the judging arenas, you will find Hannahston Alpacas, Ayrshire Beekeepers, Craigievern Poultry and Pigs, Blackstone Valais Blacknose Sheep, and Repitzoo Encounters.

In the Main Ring, Dangerous Steve will provide a non-stop, dynamic, fast moving, thrill-a-minute spectacle not to be missed!

And if that’s not enough, there’s Smart STEMS Digital Dairy, Rainbow Twisters (balloon twisters and airbrush tattoos), the Wearable Art Company Face Painters, Daffy Dill Bubbles & Entertainment, and Woody’s Ice Cream. The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) also has plenty to keep the kids entertained including a teddy cow and lamb building workshop with the story of farming.

Ayr County Show will welcome over 100 trade stands ranging from agricultural dealerships, machinery, services and specialists, food, crafts, bespoke goods, clothing and gifts, equine and livestock products. Each exhibitor is a major contributor to the show’s success and offers a shop window to the rural economy.

Around 10,000 people are expected to attend this major event in the Scottish agricultural calendar, each one also contributing to the show’s lengthy and continued success.

Don’t miss this amazing annual event which is, without doubt, an Ayrshire institution!

The Ayr County Show will take place at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 11th May from 9am until 5pm.

Admission is FREE for children aged 15 and under (accompanied by an adult).

Early bird adult tickets cost £16 plus booking fee if purchased online (up until 30th April) then £20 plus booking fee if purchased online thereafter.

Tickets will be available to buy at the gate.

Why not become a member of Ayrshire Agricultural Association? As well as supporting the Association and gaining other benefits, you’ll get into the show free of charge!

Parking within the Show Field is £5 per car.