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Falconry, or hawking, is defined as the taking of live quarry using trained birds of prey, and was first recorded in China in 244 AD. Throughout the centuries since, the sport has continued to elicit a feeling of tradition, excitement, splendour and pageantry. Although today falconry is arguably as popular as it has ever been, it is still true to say that most members of the public know little about this ancient sport, and even fewer have had first-hand experience of what, to some of us, is a way of life.

While we certainly do not wish to encourage everyone to take up the sport, we understand the fascination that raptors (birds of prey and owls) hold for many people. In today’s “green” society, many people realise that raptors are a barometer for conservation, and would dearly love to be able to get up close to real, living eagles, falcons, owls and other raptors.

We also understand the fascination with the historical aspects of this ancient tradition, and are extremely keen to ensure that these traditions are maintained, and passed on the next generation. During our demonstrations, we use traditional methods and language, explaining their meaning and origins to our audience. These include the falconry origins of many everyday phrases, such as “fed up”, “boozer”, “cadge”, “apprentice” and many more.

In our displays, we simulate the sport of falconry, using live raptors in conjunction with inanimate dummies (lures), while still conveying the spirit, excitement and glory of this ancient sport, and understanding and empathising with people’s sensibilities. This enables guests to see the spectacle and get as close as humanly possible to a wide range of tame raptors, and also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by knowledgeable and professional enthusiasts.

Through our displays, visitors can see the way in which the modern falconer trains birds, and assure themselves of the well-being of all concerned. At the same time, through experiential learning, visitors have the opportunity to see a wide range of well-behaved raptors, under strictly controlled conditions that will safeguard the health and safety of all concerned.


Visit the displays from local branches of the WI, Ashbourne Vintage Tractor Club, Young Farmers and Ashbourne Camera Clubs, pop in at the Goat tent or enter the competitions in the Handicraft and Horticulture marquee.

  • Fun for the whole family
  • Come support your local county show
  • Free parking on show day
  • Food and refreshments throughout the day
  • Great entertainment in the Show Rings
  • Great shopping and show day offers


  • What time does the show open and close ?

    The Show ground is open to the public from 9.00 am. Trade stands must remain on Ground until 5.00 pm.

  • Do you offer a FREE bus service on show day ?

    A free return bus service runs from Waterside Park, via The Bus Station and past Preston’s Garage, terminating at the Show Ground. Half hourly from 09.30 am with the last bus 5.00 pm.

  • Do you have parking nearby on show day, if yes, what does it cost to park ?

    We have extensive parking on show day around the show ground and all parking is FREE. There is a forward area for disabled visitors however space is limited.

  • Do you have accommodation locally for an overnight stay?

    There is a wide variety of local accommodation ranging from self catering cottages, through caravan sites, to country house hotels, through out the Peak District Information and locally, These can be found online or can be found through the local Tourist Information Centres as detailed below. Ashbourne - 01335 343666 Buxton - 01298 73153 Leek - 01538 483742.

  • Phone:
    01889 507497

  • Polo Ground, Osmaston
    Ashbourne, DE6 1LW

The Ashbourne Show

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Show Day Highlights
  • Showing Classes
  • Main Ring Entertainment
  • Trade Stands
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Food Hall
  • Free Show Guide
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