What's on


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We look forward to welcoming you to DUNSTER COUNTRY FAIR on Wednesday 28 JULY 2021!

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.

2020 Main Ring Attractions include:

  • Stunt Mania Motorcycle Stunt Team

  • 3 Sixty Mountain Bike Display Team

  • Shetland Pony Grand National

  • Hawkeye Falconry UK

  • British Scurry and Trials Driving Arena Challenge

  • Parade of Vintage Tractors

  • Plus Equestrian Events

  • Pony Club  Games

  • Pony Club Jumping Competition

  • And more!


Phillip Hobbs Racing is always looking for enthusiastic, reliable staff to join the team working with horses, either full time or as work experience during school holidays.

Please email Jo: pjhobbs@pjhobbs.com

or ring the office on:

01984 640366

Shetland Pony Grand National

Sponsored by Phillip Hobbs Racing

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”

  • Dave Cudworth, Puddled Stone, Stone Carver

  • And more….

Entertainment and displays from:​

  • 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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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)


     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 Terrier Show Classes:

Judge: T.B.C.

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


      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



There are equestrian activities and competitions through the day, including:

Pony Club Mounted Games 

Mounted Games is a team sport, four or five riders and ponies per team take part in a series of exciting and exhilarating races that involve a mix of turns, handovers, vaulting and galloping against other teams. 


Skills required include accuracy, agility, concentration, speed, hand to eye coordination, team work and sportsmanship, plus it's lots of fun to watch and there are some imaginative games!

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