Battens supports local agricultural industry with sponsorship of four of the south west’s biggest trade shows

Battens Solicitors is proud to celebrate South West heritage by sponsoring not one, but four agricultural shows this summer. James Owen, Head of Agriculture and Rural Property at Battens Solicitor said he was delighted to announce the sponsorship.

“This year we are proud to sponsor the Yeovil Show, the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show, the Mid Somerset Show in Shepton Mallet, and the Melplash Show in Bridport; Come along and join us for refreshments at any of the shows.  I am sure all visitors who come along and soak up the atmosphere, will be in for a treat.”

He added that agriculture has been the main stay of rural communities in the South West for centuries and as an industry it employs many hard-working people, but over the last few years they have faced some particularly tough challenges. “So it’s only right that we continue to show our support by flying the flag for this remarkable industry and sponsoring our local shows.”

What’s On

With everything from livestock and machinery displays to food, crafts and plenty of fun activities, each of these shows offers a fantastic day out for the whole family so what can you expect?

  • Yeovil Show,  14-15th July: first began 150 years ago and was billed as the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country; this year, you can see the Devil’s Horseman Cossack stunt riders, Titan the 7.9ft robot, a Viking skirmish, a Lancaster Bomber Fly Past, Scurry Racing and much more. For full details, visit
  • Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show, 15th August: Enjoy machinery displays, the Imps Motorcycle Display team, show jumping, ferret and terrier racing, and even dog and duck displays. You can also take the opportunity to taste some of the region’s best local wines, cheeses and pies. For full details, visit
  • Mid Somerset Show, 19th August: Once inside the grounds of the Mid Somerset Show in Shepton Mallet, you can explore a variety of stands and exhibitions including dog shows, cheese tasting and livestock displays. What’s more, entry is free for pedestrians. For full details, visit
  • Melplash Show, 23rd August: Watch in awe as the Cavalry of Heroes put on an unforgettable show of World War I horses and heroes, discover how farming has shaped our countryside community, and enjoy a ploughing match, a hedge-laying competition, hawk displays and more. For full details, visit