ARENA ATTRACTIONS

A fun day out for all the family

As well as a weekend of top class Eventing, a whole host of other entertainment will be taking place for all to enjoy. 

Take a look at the amazing attractions we have for 2022! 

Shetland Pony Grand National

The ponies may only be 40 inches high and the silk-clad jockeys no more than 13 years old, but the competition is just as fierce as at Aintree. The racing is fast and furious, and the louder the audience, the faster the ponies go so pick your favourite and cheer them home. The winner will qualify for the final at the famous Olympia International Show Jumping Championships in December, so you may well be watching a star of the future!

Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display

Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display team have been giving professional falconry displays for over thirty years and we are excited to welcome them back to The Festival in 2019.

The Royal Agricultural University Beagles

The RAU Beagles were formed in 1890 and hunt the country within approximately a ten mile radius of Cirencester. They are only able to continue due to the goodwill of farmers and surrounding packs of foxhounds. They are hunted by students at the College who are supported by a professional in kennels. Between them they look after around 30 couple of hounds. The Hounds are fed entirely on the fallen stock from the surrounding farms, which is considered a valuable service by the farmers and goes to show how important hunting remains to the rural economy.

The Duke of Beaufort’s Hounds

The Hounds are kennelled at Badminton and are out four days a week from November to March - even more during Autumn hunting later in August. Under the Mastership of the Duke of Beaufort and Captain Ian Farquhar, hunted by Mr Matthew Ramsden, they are a popular and traditional part of the countryside and perform a vital service for farmers.