Alrewas Show

Alrewas Autumn Gathering

Come and join us for a series of community events around Alrewas over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of September.

Due to the COVID pandemic we have missed 2 successive Alrewas Shows (the only time this has ever happened in peacetime) and the 2020 Arts Festival, both of which are a major part of our village life.

So as we emerge from lockdown our Alrewas Show, Alrewas Arts Festival and Alrewas Island volunteers have created a relaxed outdoor series of events to give our local community the opportunity to get together and have some fun:

We have 2 main events planned:

Saturday 4th September 10am – 5pm: Horses, Hounds and more
A mini country show on the Alrewas Show field, with something for all the family, including Horse shows, classic cars, vintage tractors, dog show and agility display, working crafts displays, live band music and more.
There’ll be snacks and refreshments on sale and a licensed bar.
Free parking - but please come on foot if you can!

Sunday 5th September 11am – 5pm: ArtsFest on the Island!
A selection of Arts Festival activities plus some new ones.
Limited free disabled parking. No other parking is available on site so please do not come by car.

Further information can be found on the event website: www.alrewasautumngathering.co.uk

All proceeds from the events will be distributed to local charities and good causes.

Let's get together and start making up for lost time!

Shire Horses

Shire horses have been part of our rural heritage since the 17th century. Direct descendants of the great battle horses of late medieval times, they were used as draught horses in farming and industry for over 300 years and are still the most recognisable breed of British horse.

The tallest horse in history was believed to be a Shire called Mammoth, standing at just over 21.2 hands (86.25 inches, 219 cm). In 1924, at a British exhibition, a pair of Shire horses was estimated to have pulled a starting load equal to 45 tons (equivalent to about 34 Ford Fiestas!)

They've been a feature of the Alrewas Show for over a hundred years, but as their use in agriculture has been superceded by tractors and other farming machinery, their population has dwindled to less than 1500, putting them on the "At Risk" register of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Nowadays, Shires are mostly kept for promotional uses and for showing, though there are a few breweries that still use them to deliver to local hostelries. The Alrewas Show is proud to play its part in promoting these superb animals, with our Shires competitions attracting dozens of entries from all over the country.

You can find out more about Shire horses by visiting the Shire Horse Society website.

Shires Steward:

Cliff Green

01827 373357

shirehorses@alrewasshow.co.uk

Shires Main Sponsor

Shires Gallery

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