Hartpury Summer Fair

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We are still running some family-fun activities - arena displays, face painting and more - as part of our NAF Five-Star Hartpury Horse Trials today. However our official Summer fair is no longer running, due to the weather. We hope to still see you later!

Come and enjoy family-fun activities and equestrian excitement at our Hartpury Summer Fair on Saturday 10 August 10am-4pm.

This year we're excited to welcome our VIP (Very Important Pony) Teddy the Shetland who is fast building his reputation across the world - he will be meeting and greeting, showcasing his best tricks, and giving lots of cuddles!

Held on the Saturday of our NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials, our annual Hartpury Summer Fair offers something to suit everyone, alongside an exciting day of cross-country and show jumping across our beautiful 360-hectare campus.

Parking is free and you will be directed upon arrival, please note this will be on grass. Entry is now £5 per adult with every child or £10 per adult. Children under 16 get free entrance.

You can find us on the A417, just four miles north of Gloucester and easily accessible from the motorway.

Hartpury University and Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE

Any questions? Email summerfair@hartpury.ac.uk

Fascinating activities

The addition of our education zone brings to life the work Hartpury’s specialist departments have been doing, with a wide range of great activities for all ages to enjoy.

  • Find out about global foods and how a tractor works
  • Ride a mechanical racehorse and see how fast you can go
  • Identify heartbeats in animals and have a go with a thermal imagining camera

Meet some furry and feathered friends in our animal zone. Supporting the work done by St James City Farm, kids can have a go at riding a ‘unicorn’ or petting a small animal. Following their arena display, you could meet birds of prey and find out about these magnificent animals.

The sports zone includes an exciting array of activities, including an inflatable obstacle course, rocket making and water zorbing, to name just a few!

Range of exhibitors

Local businesses and charities for your enjoyment include:

  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Books for Bugs
  • Gloucestershire Fire Service
  • Help a Hedgehog Hospital
  • Kelly Howells Face Painting
  • The Merino Boutique
  • Monster Snow Cones
  • Barkley Dog Wear
  • Notorious PIG
  • Westons Interiors

Dogs day-out!

We welcome well-behaved dogs on leads. Our wonderful campus is certainly dog friendly and there will be plenty of dog watering stations. Activities will include have-a-go agility, a family dog show and canine assessments supported by our animal department.

Adventurous arena shows

12.15-12.45 – Birds of Prey Display

Michael Davie leading falconer in England and his owls, falcons and hawks will entertain and educate on a sport believed to date back at least 2,000 years. In addition, the birds will be available to view in the animal zone.

13.00-13.30 – Police Horses Demonstration

The mounted section are a permanent part of Gloucestershire Constabulary and routinely used to patrol local areas in the county. They deliver a wide range of policing activities and will demonstrate some of the techniques used to assist in reducing crime and serving the public.

13.45-14.15 - An Insight into the Art of Riding Side Saddle

Side saddle riding may be traditional, but remains popular and looks fantastic. Alongside a stunning demonstration, the Side Saddle Association will be explaining the saddle and attire for riders in different classes.

14.30 - 15.00 - Retraining of Racehorses display and parade

The charity supports and promotes the retraining of racehorses for other equestrian activities following their retirement from racing, alongside protecting their welfare. Their arena demonstration puts ex-racehorses through their paces and outlines how they can be retrained.

15.00 - Family Fun Dog Show 

Enter your four-legged friend into our family dog show for a chance to win a Hartpury rosette! Categories include Most Handsome, Waggiest Tail and Best Party-trick.

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