What's on

What's on

Dunster Country Fair prides itself on appealing to everyone and being a fun-filled family day out. The children can find plenty of things to keep them entertained.

 

There is entertainment in the main ring all day plus Ferret Racing, Hound Shows to Craft exhibits. Falconry events, Punch and Judy Show and much, much more!

Main Ring

The Main Ring is the focal point at the Dunster Country Fair. Many visitors enjoy sitting on the grass slopes overlooking the ring, and enjoying views over the Fair with the majestic Dunster Castle in the background.

2019 Main Ring Attractions include:

  • Shetland Pony Grand National

  • Stannage International Stunt Team

  • Falconry Display by Hawkeye Falconry UK

  • Bob Hogg and his Ducks and Dogs

  • British Scurry and Trials Driving -  Arena Challenge

  • Handy Hunter Competition

  • Musical Ride

  • Parade of Hounds

  • Parade of Vintage Tractors

 

Village Green

The Village Green is where you will find local craft demonstrations, rural skill presentations and of course, the Ferret Racing! ​ Ron Kings Hot Six Band will perform throughout the day, near the public bar and luncheon marquee. There is also a selection of catering outlets around the Village Green.

Country Crafts and demonstrations including:

  • Thatching demonstration by West Country Thatchers

  • Allerford Forge (West Country Blacksmiths)

  • Wool Spinning demonstration by Handmade Exmoor (Annabelle Gregory)

  • Mr Martin Symes - Wheelwright

  • Stickmaking by Mr Veale

  • Pole-lathe, Woodturning Demonstration

  • “West Country Milk Bottles Past”

  • And more….

Entertainment and displays from:

  • 3 Sixty Mountain Bike Display Team

  • Terry Moles Racing Ferrets

  • Mr Punch (Punch and Judy)

  • Ron Kings Hot Six

  • Funfair

There will also be activities taking place on the hill, come and try archery and clay pigeon shooting!

 

Hound Show

The Dunster Country Fair Hound Show gives Hunts the opportunity to compete against each other in the ring and show off their hounds to the general public. The Hound Show starts at 10am when Staghounds, Foxhounds, Harriers, Beagles and Minkhounds will be showing in their respective rings. Around 30 Hunts compete in the morning, culminating in the Supreme Championship held between 1.pm and 2 pm.

 

These packs of hounds have been carefully bred over hundreds of years to hunt their specific quarry, whether it was Fox, Deer, Hare or Mink. Their breeding can be traced through the hunt record books back over generations.

Staghounds

There are only three packs of Staghounds in the country all based here in the South West which are responsible for managing the Red Deer herds. It is the presence of these hunts which has ensured the survival of the only significant and truly wild Red Deer herds left in England. The old English thoroughbred Staghound is now extinct so the Staghound hunts use hounds of Foxhound blood. The modern day Staghound tends to be a large strong hound built for stamina.

 

Foxhounds

Foxhound packs are the most common hunts in this country and they help to keep the Foxes at acceptable levels for the farmers by culling foxes using exemptions in the Hunting Act. Some hunts also undertake trail hunting. The Foxhound is another large hound built for speed and stamina.

 

Harriers

The West Country Harrier is as its name implies mainly confined to the South West of England. It is taller, heavier and often a lighter colour than the studbook Harrier. It is smaller and lighter in weight than the Foxhound with a finer build. Originally they were bred to hunt Hares but most packs changed over to hunt foxes as well or exclusively within the last eighty years prior to the hunting ban. The Harrier packs now also use exemptions under the hunting act or trail hunt. Due to their smaller size, agility and speed compared to the Foxhound they are particularly good at hunting in thick cover and over the difficult terrain found here in the south west.

 

Beagles

The Beagle is the smallest hound on show. They stand between 14 and 16 inches. They were originally bred to hunt hares. Since the hunting ban most packs now hunt rabbits (which are exempt) or trail hunt. Hunt Staff and followers are on foot. Beagles are very enthusiastic and active hounds.

 

Minkhounds or Otterhounds

The Minkhounds or Otterhounds, hunted mink up until the Hunting Act became law. Otter hunting stopped voluntarily many years ago when there fall in otter numbers due to loss of habitat and water pollution. Mink were introduced into this country when they were released from Mink farms by animal rights extremists. They are a vicious predator often devastating local populations of native species such as the Water Vole and ground nesting Birds. The Minkhounds hunted on foot along the river banks during the summer months and helped to keep the Mink population in check. Since the ban they now hunt either Rats or Rabbits (both are exempt).The Minkhound is a friendly, tough, sturdy hound with a thick coat and is a good swimmer. It is ideally suited to hunting in difficult conditions.

 

Canine

Dunster Country Fair boasts a wide range of canine events for both the avid competitor and for children and the whole family to enjoy. We are proud to host the Minehead and District Canine Society Dog Show, Family Dog Show, Terrier Show, Dog Scurry and a Dog Agility!


Minehead & District Canine Society Show

The Minehead & District Canine Society hold their Dog Show annually at the Dunster Country Fair, with over 800 dogs expected to attend from far and wide! More information about the Minehead & District Cannine Society Show is available from: Mrs J. Porter (Hon. Secretary) Tel. 01984 631726

Family Dog Show

 

Family Dog Show will commence at 2.00 pm.  

Judging begins at 2.15 pm.

Enquiries  Mrs J. Burge

Family Dog Show Classes:

1. Any variety puppy 6 - 12 months

2. Sporting dog or bitch

3. Non-sporting dog or bitch

4. Open

    CHAMPION AND RESERVE OF 1st

    PRIZEWINNERS FROM CLASSES 1 - 4

5. Countryman’s companion

6. Best lurcher

7. Best conditioned

8. Best hairy dog or bitch

9. Best smooth dog or bitch

10. Pair or family group

11. Pair least alike

12. Child handler

13. Verteran over 7 years

14. Prettiest bitch

15. Handsomest dog

16. Waggiest tail

17. Best trick

18. Best local dog or bitch 

      (Minehead, Porlock, Williton, etc)

     BEST IN SHOW FOR 1st PRIZEWINNERS

     FROM CLASSES 1 - 9

There will also be a

Fun Dog Scurry

and Dog Agility

More details to follow!

Terrier Show

 

The Dunster Country Fair are pleased to be given a qualifier status for this years Countryman’s Weekly Champion of Champions Final, to be held at The Midland Game Fair, Weston Park, Shropshire on September 14th and 15th, 2019.

Judge: Mr T Pinkham

Terrier Show Classes:

1. Puppies – any variety 6 – 12 months
(All terriers in other Classes to be over 1 year old)

2. Russell type dog

3. Border dog

4. Lakeland / Fell dog

5. Progeny Sire or Dam with offspring

6. Any terrier under 12”

7. Russell type bitch

8. Border bitch

9. Lakeland / Fell bitch

10. Any working terrier

11. Couple

12. Veteran over 7 years

13. CHAMPION DOG for 1st prizewinners

      of classes 2, 3, 4  

14. CHAMPION BITCH for 1st prizewinners

      of classes 7, 8, 9

1st prizewinners of classes 5, 6, 10, 12 can enter class 13 OR 14

15. CHAMPION & RESERVE CHAMPION of SHOW

      for 1st and 2nd prizewinners of classes 13 and 14

£35 cash prize to CHAMPION OF SHOW

£15 cash prize to RESERVE CHAMPION

Perpetual Challenge Cup Kindly Donated by

Mr Len Jackson

Terrier Show Enquiries: Mrs J Thomas,

Tel.  01984 640253

 

Equestrian

There are equestrian activities and competitions through the day, including a fun Handy Hunter Competition!

 

Handy Hunter Competition

All entries in the Handy Hunter competitions are representing either their Pony Club or Hunt.

All Enquiries for the Handy Hunter to:

Mrs Judeth Chamberlin

Tel. 01984 629363 or email. judeth.c@gmail.com

 

Pony Club Games and Musical Ride

There’s also Pony Club Games and Pony Club Musical Ride taking place in the afternoon

Further details: 01984 640253

 

Exmoor Pony Show

The Exmoor Pony Society holds a wide range of pony classes at the Dunster Country Fair ranging from Stallion or Gelding 4 years & over, working hunter pony, owner/breeders pair, junior ridden and much more.

 

The Exmoor Pony is the oldest of our purebred native breeds, having populated the moorland of Somerset and North Devon since before man.

 

Exmoor Pony Show enquiries to:

Abbie Westcott (Hon Secretary) Tel. 07542 942232 or email abbie.I.westcott@googlemail.com

 

WEDNESDAY 29 JULY 2020