Essex – What’s On

Welcome to the National Country Show Live Essex 2021

The ULTIMATE family day out returns to Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 2021! There’s something for everyone at the National Country Show Live Essex – enjoy live music and entertainment in the Village Green, watch stunning displays in the Grand Arena, meet the animals and have-a-go at activities. Bring the whole family along and let the kids loose in the Kids Fun Zone, take part in Fun Dog Shows, have a look around our Country Shopping Village and enjoy some amazing Street Food in our Festival of Food & Drink LIVE. 

The show will be open from 10am – 5pm on both days. For ticket information, click here.

All information correct at time of publication. Aztec Events reserves the right to amend or change activities due to unforeseen circumstances without prior notice. Animals subject to availability. Please note that additional charges may apply to some have-a-go activities.

Digital Show Guide

Download your Digital Show Guide for the National Country Show Live Essex now - inside you'll find details of the Main Arena timetable, our Show Plan, the Fun Dog Show Classes and more...

CLICK HERE to download the 2021 Show Guide.

Jousting Displays

Join us in the Main Arena for exciting shows across the weekend, including the popular Jousting Displays! Watch the jousters ride at top speeds across the arena to be crowned the winner of this thrilling competition.

Sheep Show

Entertaining and informing, the baa-rilliant Sheep Show will introduce you to different breeds and teach you how wool is turned into clothing! Come to the Sheep Show area where four different breeds will be introduced onto the stage to music – the show even includes a shearing demonstration where all ages can learn more about sheep and wool.

NEW: Savage Skills Bike Display

NEW FOR 2021: Watch in amazement as the Savage Skills stunt team bring an adrenaline fuelled show to the National Country Show Live! On Saturday witness the Trial Bike Extravaganza and on Sunday get ready for The Bike Battle as Trial Bike and BMX riders go head to head!

Horsemanship Stunt Displays

Incredible Horse Stunt Shows will be taking place throughout the weekend in the Grand Arena. Picture beautiful horses, death defying stunts and trick riding at break neck speed.

Dog & Duck Show

Watch as trained and untrained sheep dogs herd ducks in this amusing and educating display. You'll learn about common dog behaviour issues and about how these can be resolved - as well as having some fun too

Fun Dog Shows

Bring your dog to the National Country Show Live where you can take part and win rosettes in our Fun Dog Shows, plus take part in have-a-go activities with your dog like Mini Agility and the Fastest Recall Challenge. CLICK HERE for this year's Fun Dog Show timetables.

Petting Zoo

It wouldn’t be a country show without the chance to meet the animals from the countryside. This year visitors will be able to meet creatures great and small in our Petting Zoo, including mini horses, baby chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and more.

The Exotic Animal Encounter

This year you'll have the chance to meet incredible animals including Meerkat Mob (The Meeps), Nevaeh & Saffy the Skunks, Princess and Huff the Burmese pythons, Sirius the majestic Raven, Missy and Magoo the Mongooses, Vesper the Ural owl, Wilbur & Willow the Coatimundi, Ludo the Armadillo and many more.

Ferret Fun

Come to the Ferret Zone and see the Essex Ferret Welfare Society who will be raising awareness and promoting welfare. There will be a whole range of ferrets that you'll be able to see having fun in their enclosures and ferret tunnels as you learn more about these popular animals.

Meet the Alpacas

Come and meet the friendly Alpacas at this year's show. The alpacas are nosy animals who are looking forward to meeting you and featuring in your selfies. Lough Rynn Alpacas also offer a range of toasty-warm and super-soft alpaca socks and other knitted items as well as fluffy soft toys and lots of small special alpaca-related gifts too!


How are you with a bow and arrow? Join the Southend Archery Club and have a go at archery at the National Country Show Live! Learn the basics of holding and using a bow and arrow, then shoot! How close will you get to the target?

Snakes and Reptiles

Get up close to snakes and reptiles and learn all about them from the Essex Reptile and Amphibian Club (ERAC) at this year's show. You'll be able to meet numerous snakes and lizards such as cornsnakes, bull snakes, a gopher snake, royal pythons, slow worms, bearded dragons, leopard gecko, monitor lizards, egg eating snake and a baby water dragon.

Kids Fun Zone

Bring the whole family along to The National Country Show Live where you'll find entertainment for the kids including inflatables, a paint ball range, a simulator and more!

Country Shopping

Whether you're buying gifts for friends or family, pets or perhaps yourself there's plenty of choice in our shopping areas. Come inside the Craft & Gift Marquee or explore our outside stands for everything from ladies fashion to gardening tools and even dog treats and accessories,

Food & Drink

Sensationally sweet to superbly savoury, there's something for all your taste buds to enjoy at the National Country Show Live 2021. Join us inside our Food Marquee for a range of flavours - from delicious sausages, oils, cheese and confectionery, plus much more! Or head outside to our caterers providing a range of hot food choices.

Live Music in the Village Green

Come and join us at our Village Green central area, where you can take a weight off your feet and enjoy live entertainment and refreshments. Local songstress Hollie-Blue will bring popular covers to life as she performs at intervals throughout the weekend.

Funky Voices

We're delighted to welcome Funky Voices to the National Country Show Live Essex on Saturday 18th September 2021! This fun and energetic Essex based choir will have you up and dancing as they re-imagine classic and popular songs live at the show. Performing at 12pm and 2pm in the Village Green on Saturday only.

Free Parking

Free Parking will be available for visitors to the National Country Show Live at Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Just follow the signs and directions from our car park marshals to the event car park and they will guide you to a space. Please ensure you park in the event car park area or you may be charged.

Sponsor: Arden Grange

We're delighted to welcome Arden Grange as a Sponsor of this year's National Country Show Live Essex! All of their canine and feline diets are naturally hypoallergenic, benefiting from prebiotics and joint support.

To find out more about Arden Grange, just CLICK HERE .