From early colonial times shows have always been an important place for rural communities to get together, to discuss livestock and the seasons, and have a day out. They also offer those who are not from the land an opportunity to experience a taste of the rural life. The Bushy Park Show has been an important day in the Derwent Valley for the past one hundred and forty six years. Situated in a very picturesque location, amongst Hop fields by the river, the show grounds are surely amongst the most beautiful in the country.
The show is made possible by the efforts of many volunteers and exhibitors and following the success of the 2018 show we are confident the 2020 event will be a wonderful celebration of the local community.
Bushy Park Show Patron 2019, 2020
President: Neville Fenton
Vice President: Carol Collidge
Vice President : Elwin Rumley
Secretary: Tessa Laughlin
To express interest in joining the volunteer team behind the Bushy Park Show please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bushy Park Show Society is currently seeking sponsors for the 146th Show which will take place on Saturday 15 February, 2020.
We hope you will help this popular, not-for-profit community event continue into the future.
The Bushy Park Show is the Derwent Valley’s agricultural show. It is coordinated wholly by volunteers, who also maintain the Bushy Park Showgrounds year-round in accordance with community agreements with the Hop farm that date back over a century.
Donations, sponsors and grants allow this event and its traditions to continue. Click the button below to view, download and print our Bronze, Silver and Gold Sponsorship options, along with other benefits to supporters.
Unfortunately the Bushy Park Showgrounds are in an area with very poor mobile phone reception. Improving access to internet services onsite is something the Committee is working on, but for now we are a cash-only event. The closest ATMs can be found in New Norfolk, and cash may be withdrawn when making purchases at petrol stations leading into Bushy Park.
Dogs are welcome if on a lead at all times, non-aggressive and fully under effective control. You must clean-up any dog poo using your own bags, and place into a rubbish bin. The committee reserves the right to request an animal be removed from the site if causing disruption, concern for safety, or distress to people or livestock.
Our event site is a rural environment with gravel paths, grassed sections, uneven ground etc. However, we aim to provide an accessible event and have disability parking areas and accessible toilets at multiple points within the event venue. Our site is across two flat levels, connected by a gravel path. Volunteers are available throughout the day to advise patrons on access matters if required.
There is parking on the Showgrounds themselves, with gates opening at 9am. Signs and volunteers will direct you to overflow parking areas nearby once the interior parking areas are full. There is very limited roadside parking, we request Show patrons respect the local residents by not obstructing driveways, gates or parking on verges. Take care walking from your vehicle to the Show as there are no footpaths.
The Bushy Park Show is a family-friendly, traditional country event. We have limited rides, no commercial show bags, yet plenty for younger people to do for free. They can enter a competition in advance or simply enjoy the day with an early learner’s corner, kids activities, family entertainment on the ‘Village Green’, interactive displays and demonstrations, animal nursery and much more.
Most competitions require entry prior to the day. Entry forms, terms and conditions are available on the Competitions page of this website. Exceptions may include: Home Industries, Fruit/Vegetable/Honey/Brewing and Pet Parade. Please refer to the relevant information on those events in the the link above and speak to a committee member on the day about how to get involved next year.
Yes, the Bushy Park Show is a licensed event. There is a bar for purchases on the day and some stallholders may be selling alcoholic beverages. Proof of age (18+) and Responsible Service of Alcohol rules apply.