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High St, Badminton GL9 1DF, UK – 01454 218272
Great annual equestrian event held in the grounds of the Duke of Beaufort's house. There are a few days of dressage, cross country and finally show jumping every year in early May. The weather is generally pleasant, but often very windy. It can be wet and muddy depending or the previous week's weather. Bring clothes for a pleasant early summer day, but also definitely bring wellies and a tweed coat (or two!) even if it remains in the car. This, along with Burghley are two of the big annual horse-trial events, with plenty for equestrian type and causal observers alike. There are a large number of known brand trade stalls; the likes of Joules, Barbour, Fairfax and Favor as well as various niche country and equestrian stands, Country Living, art and sculpture related traders, and furniture. There is also a lot of food stalls, though at typical 'show prices' there is a good range and a chance to try things like pheasant goujons, and lamb burgers as well as local specialities like Herefordshire cider. There is also 'generic food' like burgers or fish and chips for those feeling less adventurous. Saturday Cross Country is the most well attended with probably around 100,000 visitors, however as the course is so vast crowding is not really an issue.
Best equestrian event there is! Great day out for equestrian fan or any sport fan that likes being outdoors. Great food and great shopping top off the event. If you only go for a single day make it the Saturday for cross country, you'll be with 100,000 other spectators but the event is so big it's not a problem.
South Gloucestershire, Badminton GL9 1DD, UK – 01454 218203
Such a great week end watching the cross country and show jumping. Will definitely be going again next year.
Interesting to see behind scenes of a great house and wonderful gardens Most people have heard of The Horse Trails but this was fascinating. Only Opens for Charity once a year
The Vicarage, Badminton GL9 1ET, UK – 01454 218427