Hurst Show & Country Fayre

Hurst Set To Become a Record-Breaking Village!

Hundreds of children and adults descended on a village to break the world record for the largest hobby horse parade.

Hurst Show and Country Fayre organised the amazing effort as part of their two day event last weekend.

The sun shone as 263 adults and children, some in fancy dress, were led around the village by Reading Scottish Pipe Band Youth Section to break the current record by 13 people.

Organisers are now waiting for Guinness World Records to confirm this as an official world record.

The show returned in splendid style after a lower scale event last year due to covid precautions.

Large crowds enjoyed a wide range of fun activities. They included arena events, a fun dog show, a classic car and bicycle display, live music, craft stalls and children's activities. The village hall housed the 'food court' with a popular BBQ, bar and tea tent.

Show-goers gave rave reviews, describing it as "the best show ever" and "a great event for all the family, well organised too."

Show Chair Suzy Turner said: "We are delighted with the show attendance and the positive feedback received from visitors, stallholders, and performers alike.

"There was a fantastic atmosphere over the whole weekend and thanks to everyone's generous support, we will be able to donate much needed funds for local good causes."

Hurst Parish Council chairman Wayne Smith said at the show: "It's absolutely fantastic. The organisation is very good, they're a great bunch of people on the committee."

The popular country show has been running for over 40 years. It attracts visitors from a wide area and raises tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes including Alexander Devine Children's Hospice. The final sum raised from this year's show will be confirmed by show organisers in due course.

What you thought of the 2022 Show:

“A great family day out. definitely one for next years diary!”
berkshiremummies (visitor)
“It was a fab day wasn't it. I hope they were successful with the world record.”
becthebabymassagelady (visitor)
“Amazing show, loved the stalls and cars set out down the street.”
Amanda WP (visitor)
“A superb show and expertly marshalled in a relaxed and friendly manner”
Bill Copeland, Reading Scottish Pipe Band (performer)
“To the pre-school .. Thank you for bringing the strawberries around to the stalls - I'll be here tomorrow too... Just sayin'.”
Sue Cummings (stallholder)
“Thank you for all your efforts to make it the huge sccess that it was!”
Sarah Hilling, St Nicholas School (exhibitor)
“We had the most fantastic day. It was our first time visiting and we have many happy memories. I know a lot of planning and hard work goes into these events and just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the day”
Abby Joby (visitor)
“The best I have ever been to. Thanks to all of you, very, very well organised. Fabulous weekend, see you next year”
John, Hurst Karate Club (exhibitor)
“Thank you for one of the best weekends we have had. Thank you to the organisers and volunteers for all the hard work that must go into this event to make it the success it was”
Heather Howarth (visitor)
“What a lovely show was the best one ever thank you to all involved”
Mary Childs (visitor)
“An amazing weekend and even the weather was kind. Thanks to the committee for making everything run so smoothly - we were so excited to be back doing an event this year and it was fantastic to greet so many visitors to our CFR 'stand'”
Jacqui Watts (stallholder)
“Great weekend at @hurstshow 2022”
fizzy_razcal (vendor)
“Thank you also to all the people that worked sooo hard to put this all together.”
Jennifer Roxburgh-Smith (visitor)
“It was a wonderful fair thank you everyone”
Amanda Storey-bassett (visitor)
“I am pleased that all your hard work led to a fantastic show. Excellent job done the car park management etc.”
Chris & Angela James (exhibitor)
“Great to see some lovely cars out on show.”
David Warren (visitor)
“Beautiful event very well organised”
Leona Hook (visitor)
“Second Wind is always delighted to play at Hurst and, as usual, the organisation was fantastic, parking, tent, chairs etc. all in place to make things easier for us”
Second Wind (performer)

Special thanks to:

Hurst Show and Country Fayre returns to the village on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June, and this year will include a Guinness World Record breaking attempt!

Interactive map

The Show will follow a similar format to last year, with events and attractions organised across Martineau Green, St Nicholas Primary School and Hurst Village Halls and Scout Hut. Road closures around the village as per 2021 have been requested.


The show is being scaled up this year with attractions including hobbyhorse jumping, fun dog show, animal petting, craft stalls, classic vehicle and vintage bicycle show, live music and arena events, bar and BBQ.

Event schedule

Opening times

  • Saturday 25th June - 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 26th June - 10am to 4pm

Entry prices

£6 one day, £9 weekend, payable at the gate
Under 16s:
£1 one day, payable at the gate
Carers accompanying the person they care for:

If arriving by car then please use the free car park.

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