A massive agricultural extravaganza is finally here!

The Melplash Agricultural Show kicks off today at the West Bay Showground in Bridport.

The showground is always packed full of exhibits and this year is no different. There will be livestock, horses, home crafts and horticulture, with more than 400 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors.

It starts at 8.30am and will run until 6pm.

Staying true to its traditions and agricultural roots, visitors will be able to see the best livestock in the area competing for the top prizes.

The main attraction at Bradford’s Main Ring is a performance from the motorcycle stunt team, Moto Stunts International, who will be performing an adrenalin-packed display of death-defying stunts.

They will be followed by Bob Hogg and his sheepdogs, who will be entertaining crowds with his hilarious sheep and geese herding demonstrations.

Other entertainment around the show field includes Daphne Neville and her otters. Daphne has rescued a number of otters over the years and even appeared on Come Dine With Me alongside Rudi the otter.

Farming marquees will also be scattered about, dedicated to helping the next generation understand the role and importance that farming and agriculture plays in our lives and the environment.   

The whole area encourages learning through exploration with lots of hands-on activities including making butter, juicing apples, making pancakes and even milking a cow.

Across the three fields, trade stands will be selling everything from plants, jewellery, clothing and crafts.

There is also plenty for food lovers to get involved with as there will be regional food and drink to sample and buy in the Porter Dodson Food Hall and around the show field an impressive choice of ‘street food’ to suit all tastes.

To ensure no one goes thirsty there will be lots of hot and cold drinks available including in the Rise Bakery & Bar and in the legendary Melplash Inn run by Bridport’s Palmers Brewery.

At the Moores Biscuits Cookery Theatre, local chefs will be sharing their knowledge and cooking up some amazing dishes using local produce:

10am – Sanjay Choudhury, Taj Mahal, Bridport

11am – Jaap Schep, Three Horseshoes Pub & Kitchen, Burton Bradstock

12 noon – Jake Swain, Station Kitchen, West Bay

1.30pm – James Mearing, Summer Lodge, Evershot

2.30pm – Luyanda Nkoneyeni, Acorn Inn, Evershot

3.30pm – Andy Tyrrell & Faiza, Soulshine, Bridport

Tickets are available on the day for £20 (via card only) or online for £18 and under 16s go free.

For more information visit: www.melplashshow.co.uk