An agricultural show which originated more than 170 years ago will return this year.

Preparations are being finalised ahead of the Melplash Agricultural Show, which will take place on Thursday, August 23.

The show is one of the region's premier agricultural events, and is held at The West Bay Show Ground.

Agriculture is still at the heart of the show, with an extensive range of competitive events for local farmers to showcase what they do in numerous cattle, sheep, pigs and farm produce classes.

As well as giving farmers the chance to be recognised for their husbandry and expertise, it provides a platform for the public to connect with them.

In return, the public is provided with the rare opportunity to see the finest farm animals and meet with the farmers that look after them.

There will also be a host of horticultural, home produce and handicraft classes for the whole family to enter.

In the Porter Dodson Food Hall, a wide range of local produce including cheese, meat and pickles will be available to sample.

Foodies will also be able to learn from local chefs and experts on how to cook delicious meals, with Philip Frampton from Framptons Butchers preparing meats for Alan Fryer from The George, Bridport to cook.

To mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War, The Cavalry of Heroes group will be performing in the Toolstation Main Ring.

The group will be performing a special show remembering the role that the horses and soldiers played in the war.

Other attractions include horse jumping, the grand parade of winning animals and presentations of top prizes.

More than 350 exhibitors and trade stands will be showcasing at the event.

Lucy Hart, show secretary, said: "Plans for this year's show are going well and we are looking forward to another great year.

"We are very excited to be welcome the Cavalry of Heroes who will be marking the 100-year anniversary of the First World War with a special show remembering the role soldiers with their horses played in the 'Great War'.

"As always, everyone is working hard to ensure that the show is once again a memorable and fun day out for all."

The gates will open on the day at 8am and close at 6pm.

Adult tickets on the day are £16, and £14 in advance, with children under 16 gaining free entry to the show.

To find out more about the event or to buy tickets, visit