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Some of our regular acts
The Adams Axemen is the country’s best known lumberjack display team. They are a team of professional showmen who enjoy nothing more than entertaining a crowd.
The Adams Axemen were founded in 1966 as the New Forest Axemen, making them the longest running lumberjack display team in Great-Britain. Members of the Adams Axemen have competed around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and Europe.
It was back in 1966 at the New Forest Show that Reg Adams first saw his everyday forestry skills had been developed into a sport. Giving a display was a team of Australian Axemen. Their equipment and techniques were totally different to those that Reg was used to. In his job as a forester, he was used to working with axes and crosscut saws. Chainsaws were just starting to mechanise the falling of timber. So Reg thought this new sport was a way of keeping alive the old skill of axe and crosscut saw.
By the time the Australians returned to the New Forest Show, Reg had formed the New Forest Axemen. They had trained for the Aussies return and took them on in competition. Of course the New Forest Axemen were soundly beaten by the Australian Axemen, but the new sport of competitive axe racing had been introduced to Britain.
Reg continued to tour the country shows with his team of Axemen, entertaining the crowds wherever they went. Until 1987, they toured as the New Forest Axemen. Once Reg moved from the New Forest to Dorset, he decided to use his family name and his team became the Adams Axemen.
Based near Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, Avon Valley Ferrets is a husband and wife team passionately dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of ferrets and polecats. We travel to and attend many craft, country and game fairs, summer shows and fetes as well as schools where we perform arena demonstrations on working ferrets, entertain members of the public with fun ferret racing and give educational talks to children. Our main objectives are to educate people and promote all aspects of welfare toward these much maligned and little known about creatures as well as showing the age old traditional method of making and setting nets in regards to rabbit control within the countryside.
Musical Ruth and The Amazing Magical Mobile Piano has performed at countless venues and events throughout the U.K and Europe. It’s a totally unique mix and mingle act suitable for ages 9 to 90. It’s fun, daft, and side splittingly funny.
The Pree Hee Men
The Pree Hee Men and their crazy caveman car.
Take two potty cavemen and their beautifully themed crazy caveman car and mix it up with stone age music, sound effects and plenty of batty banter. The perfect recipe for the wackiest walkabout act in the land. Kids and grown-ups will especially love the prehistorical pet bird “Peep” who accompanies the nutty Neanderthals on their adventures.
Elfic’s Juggling Show Hilarious…dynamic…spectacular! Shows of circus skills, madcap comedy and wicked one-liners, with audience participation, improvisation, mayhem and a little danger! Elfic combines elements of street entertainment and circus to create high energy, fast paced, award-winning entertainment. Audiences go on a roller coaster ride of fun and laughter, amazement and bewilderment. Is he an inept, bungling buffoon or a highly skilled, talented professional
The Cornish Countryman was born in the West Country in 1961. He has always been and sill is a true hunter gatherer. With a number of educational DVD’s under his belt and book on the way chris holds a vast array of, largely forgotten, knowledge on the best ways / techniques to become and hunter gatherer.
Whirl Wind Aircraft
The first S 55 prototype new in November 1949 and was the first helicopter with a really usable large cabin which flew in all roles, both military and civil. Westland Aircraft Ltd acquired a licence to build the aircraft in which a number of modifications were made throughout the development of the Whirlwind such as adding an Havilland Gnome gas turbine engine. RAF squadron 22 was initially equipped with Westland Whirlwind HAR.2s until August 1962, these were later replaced by the Whirlwind HAR.10s from August 1962.
The squadron was based at RAF Thorney Island, the early Whirlwind suffered from low power which seriously reduced its lift capability during hot weather. One of its successes was the rescue of a family from a yacht that was caught in a severe storm in or around Portsmouth harbour. The three were rescued one at a time and the winch man, a mechanic, was obliged to wait on deck until all were lifted off. The yacht broke up shortly after he was removed The Whirlwind Har Mark 10 is now a purely civilian aircraft which has recently been refurbished (to be the lightest Whirlwind yet) and painted yellow, the colour of which it wore when flown with 22 squadron. The helicopter is now owned by Mr Andrew Whitehouse.
APPEARING SUNDAY ONLY in 2018
Dartmoor Hill Pony Display team
The Dartmoor Hill Pony Display Team is a youth run annual project from the Dartmoor based charity, Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony.
This years display tells its audience the story of the Dartmoor Farmer through a jam-packed 30 minuets of Musical Rides, Racing, Jumping through fire, charging and so much more! The purpose of this is not only for allowing the 29 children that are part of this loving family to be having fun on ponies, but also for raising awareness of the Hill Pony and it’s vastly changing ecological safety on Dartmoor.
Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony are dedicated to supporting all the ponies on Dartmoor. All the ponies have a value to the ecology of the moor, and are good enough even with a bit of white here of there. Shape or size is not important as long as they can do the job they have adapted to do; to graze and maintain the difficult moorland environment. Dartmoor Hill Ponies are the ones that still thrive on Dartmoor and are the inheritors of the harsh landscape that has shaped their genes. Unlike other organisations protecting the Dartmoor Ponies, we do not believe that a Dartmoor pony should it a breed standard of certain colours and shapes, decided in 1925. The hill ponies live on the moor and are bred for hardiness and temperament so they can survive and be managed and in turn, keep the moorland vegetation and habitats as they should be. For this reason, they are “true children’s friends,” and the basis of many future competition animals and the perfect tool for looking after Dartmoor.