It's been a record-breaking year for the biggest agricultural event in west Dorset's calendar - as it returned bigger and better than ever.

The 172nd Melplash Agricultural Show took place at West Bay's showground yesterday.

Attracting more than 20,000 visitors every year, the show proved as popular as ever and was packed with exhibits - including livestock, horses, home crafts and horticulture - more than 400 trade stands and live shows.

Spectators marvelled at freestyle motocross rider Jamie Squibb and his team in the main ring as he thrilled the crowd with breathtaking mid-air jumps and stunts.

Visitors browsed livestock and equine classes, as well as the handicraft, home produce, floral art and horticulture.

The event also offers a platform for businesses, both locally and from further afield, to promote what they do and everything - from locally-produced food to tractors - was on offer.

Display falconer Jonathan Marshall performed a breathtaking show with his horses Amadeus and Picasso.

The Gill and Storey family attended for the first time and were delighted with what they saw.

"We've had a lovely time," said Karen Gill. "There's lots to do, especially for the children who love the animals, and we'd definitely come again."

The Scadding family head to the show every year and said: "It's good to come along and see all the local businesses in one place and support those local businesses. The kids love the animals and the motorbikes and the atmosphere is just lovely. It's got a buzz to it."

And it was Darren O'Donnell's first time at the show.

He said: "It's a great atmosphere and we could not have asked for better weather. The motorbike show was a real highlight and the local traders are very friendly."

Melplash Agricultural Society chairman, Jo Sage, said: “Another amazing show in perfect weather.  Record crowds again this year. The highlights, for me, were the fantastic number of livestock on show, including many young handlers with lambs and calves. 

"It is so encouraging to see the next generation coming on, especially in the current political climate.   With all the livestock and heavy horses filling the main ring for the grand parade it was a spectacular sight.  

"All the traders say it is their favourite show as it is so friendly and is so well-organised. I’m so proud to be part of the wonderful team of volunteers who make it all happen."