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All the free nights advertised throughout this website have to be completed within the date bands shown.

  • The North Show and Battle of Flowers, Guernsey
  • Traditional dress and The West Show
  • Judging vegetables at Guernsey
  • Judging cattle at Guernsey
  • Tractor at Guernsey Show

Guernsey’s Summer Shows

Dates for 2020

The South Show

14 – 15 August

The West Show

19 – 20 August

The North Show & Battle of Flowers

26 – 27 August

Three back to back traditional shows feature on Guernsey’s calendar of events and festivals in August when islanders celebrate their horticulture and agriculture in what started out as traditional harvest time celebrations. Moving from harvest time to the middle of summer to catch the best of the summer sun, the traditional Guernsey summer shows culminate with a Guernsey Battle of Flowers competition.

The West Show Guernsey
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Battle of Flowers Guernsey

The South Show

Starting off the summer show season is the island’s southern parish show. This is the only indoor show and has competitions including fancy dress, hat parades and Bonnie Baby categories as well as a dog show, fun stalls and entertainment. Originally the show began life as a small local vegetable and flower competition founded in 1908 by St Martin’s Cottage Garden Society. Growing to include horse and cattle judging by 1923, it briefly stopped during the Occupation and returned in 1946 as the Southern Agricultural and Horticultural Society incorporating St Peter Port, now known as The South Show.

The West Show

A large fairground runs alongside a traditional country show at Old L’Eree Aerodrome where this large show had to move after it outgrew its former grounds. The show began in 1913 as a agricultural and horticultural showground for the parishes of St Saviour, St Pierre du Bois and Torteval. Notes from the show minutes in 1921 reveal George V and Queen Mary made an appearance and a decision to allow English to be spoken rather than traditional ‪Guernésiais‬.

Starting with the horse categories, the mid-week show includes fur and feather, animal, crafts, fruit and vegetable categories and many more. Entertainment comes in as many forms with live music, a beer tent, the funfair and arena events including tractor drives, lawnmower competitions and traditional Guernsey dancing.

Guernsey North Show

Thousands of visitors flock to Saumarez Park each summer to enjoy the sites and sounds of the North Show with its livestock competitions, exhibitors displays and arena events. Categories in the show even include a specific one for showing the Golden Guernsey goat! Traditional entertainment includes Punch and Judy shows, local talent artists performances, a fun fair and live music in the beer tent.

Guernsey’s Battle of Flowers

Held in the afternoon of the second day of the show, colourful themed floats take part in a competition for the prized “Prix D’Honneur” in a parade around the show ground. Formerly called the ‘Battle of Flowers’ as onlookers would be showered with petals from the floats, the flowers now stay intact ready for a magical illuminated evening parade followed by fireworks.

Visit Guernsey and enjoy the Summer Shows

If you would like to experience Guernsey’s Summer Shows take a look at our accommodation and travel options which can be booked online. For help and advice use our web chat facility or call our friendly team on 01621 734555.