Visitor Information

DATES:15th and 16th September 2018

OPENING TIMES: 8am to 6pm both days

ADDRESS: Newbury Showground, Priors Court Road, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9QZ

Please do not use SatNav to find your way to the Showground as it takes no account of our traffic management plan and you therefore may be directed to the wrong place. Please follow the AA Signs as you approach the Showground.

The organisers of the Show are working to encourage visitors to think of the environment when choosing how to travel to the Showground. We’d be grateful if you would consider public transport, walking, cycling or car sharing when planning your journey.


  • Download a copy of the showground map (available shortly) to decide which car park is best to get to from your location. Some car parks are free of charge and others are £5.
  • If travelling by train or bus, contact the relevant service to find out when buses and trains are running and how regular they are. Although transport to Newbury and the Showground are regular throughout the weekend, please be aware of traffic as this can cause delays.
  • Check in with BBC Radio Berkshire for regular traffic news, or follow them on Twitter
  • Buy your tickets in advance. You can get them at a reduced rate and you also won’t have to queue when you arrive.

Bus Timetables

Tel: 0118 959 4000

There is a bus which leaves the Newbury Bus Station and Thatcham Broadway every 30 minutes over the course of the Show weekend.

Train Timetables

Car Parks

Please click below for Map of the Car parks

Priority parking is available over the show weekend on a first come, first serve basis. You can purchase your priority parking pass via our ticketing site nearer to the Show weekend.

There is also a free bus service from our purple and brown car parks, which can be found close by to the M4/A34 Chieveley junction. These are both free of charge.


Parking for the disabled is available at the following car parks:

  • By the Newbury Building Society Gate, to the west of the showground £5.00
  • Red Car Park (access from the M4/A34 junction only) £5.00
  • White Car Park (access from Hermitage only) FREE

Event Mobility are present throughout the Show weekend and can be found in the White car park and the Red carpark. To pre-book a mobility scooter, please call 01386 725391 or visit their website –


Cash Machine

A cash machine can be found on Lew Spencer Avenue (next door to the Food Fayre) there is a charge for this facility 

Lost and found children

In the event of children being separated from their parents or carers please contact a steward. Any children found will be escorted to our lost children facility at the Show Office (located in the Country Area) where they will be looked after until they can be safely reunited.

Lost property

Please contact the Information Kiosk (found on Avenue V) during the Show weekend or call the Show Office – 01635 247111 – after the event.

Show Map 2017

Download the Show Map here

Baby changing facilities

The National Childbirth Trust can be found on Avenue C, which has a well-equipped baby changing and feeding facility including high chairs, bottle warmers, changing mats, various sized nappies and baby wipes.


There are plenty of places to eat around the showground, simply look for the knife and fork symbols on the Show map to locate them. 


Facilities for ladies, gentleman and the disabled are situated at convenient locations throughout the showground, and clearly marked on the Show map.

No Dogs allowed

The team here at the Society absolutely adore dogs, and we even have a lab-springer cross called Mabel resident with us in the office year round (except Show days!)

However, for the following reasons we don’t allow dogs to the Royal County of Berkshire Show:

  • The show attracts over 60,000 visitors over the two days, and with hundreds of trade stands, livestock exhibitors, tents and attractions it can get very crowded.
  • As a result it is not a great environment for dogs; there is nowhere for them to run or even walk freely; and they and their leads can become a trip hazard for people.
  • Not everyone loves dogs as much as we do; they can unsettle the livestock and some children, especially in so busy a place, are not entirely comfortable with them.
  • Unfortunately not all dog owners are responsible cleaning up their dog waste after them and this could present a hygiene issue for other visitors.
  • We have over 400 livestock on show and an equine area, so we wouldn’t want to pose any threats or cause any distress in either the animals or your dog.
  • Walking around a large showground all day can cause your dog to overheat, and the same if they are left in the car, so it’s kinder to leave them at home. So it’s a great day out – and we’re all dog lovers – but just not the right place to bring dogs so please leave them at home. You can probably find a nice treat to take home for them among our many trade stands.

First aid

First Aid is provided by the British Red Cross and are located at the Operations Compound in the Orange car park and also by the horse rings on the Showground.

Health & Safety

Please wash your hands after touching the animals and before eating. Please observe the walkways for the movement of animals and stay behind barriers when asked to do so by Stewards. Please keep clear of any official vehicles moving around the site and take care whilst walking on uneven surfaces.

Purchase of goods

The Society cannot accept responsibility for any orders placed for goods or services in connection with firms exhibiting or advertising at the Show. Please ensure you receive full details when an order is placed to ensure you can contact them direct with any queries.


There are numerous hotels and B&Bs in and around Newbury to suit all budgets. We are especially grateful to the following hotels for their sponsorship of the Show:

Donnington valley Hotel

Double Tree by Hilton Newbury North

Advanced Ticket Outlets

See here a list of outlets that are selling tickets ahead of the Show