Loddiswell Show began in 1909 when the Loddiswell Cottage Garden Society was established so classes could be held to teach and encourage self-sufficiency in growing fresh fruit and vegetables. The first Show included classes for allotments, cottage gardens, fruit, flowers, vegetables, honey, poultry, butter, cream and eggs. Sports were also held, and tea was provided for 6d. No shows were held during the Great War, and on the resumption in 1921 the Society was renamed the Loddiswell Horticultural Society. As the Show developed, classes for working horses were included, the Tug of War was initiated, and the familiar large marquee (90’ x 30’) became a necessary feature for the display of high quality produce.
The Second World War caused the suspension of the Show again but in 1946 the Show and the Sports resumed and there has been a constantly changing variety of activities and entertainments accompanying the horticultural and athletic competitions… traction engine and threshing; basket making, falconry, pottery, dog agility, radio-controlled models; horseshoeing; family dog show; ferret racing; vintage motorcycles; historic buses; even free fall parachuting!
2012 saw the 90th anniversary of the Show, and long may it continue to entertain, inspire, and encourage residents and visitors to develop skills and achieve excellence in the many classes and activities which are on display.