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The Cowpie Show 13-05-18 Lingfield, Surrey

The Cowpie Show, Lingfield, Surrey

The Cowpie Show is an amazing country show event run by the Surrey Young Farmers for over 30 years.

It’s a really important event for the Surrey Young Farmers to showcase what they do. It also provides a fun family day out and brings the commuter belt that sits around the showground back in touch with its rural roots.

The Cowpie Show combines a traditional country fair and county show, with a mix of livestock, rural crafts, and local foods, with dogs shows and exciting displays.

This year’s show included a Monster Truck Show and Anti-Gravity Big Show.

Across the country show was a huge array of trade stands meaning there was something for everyone. As you can see here, we were squeezed in between a hat seller and Goat Meat stall.

Who would have thought I would have gone home with a carrier bag of goat meat sausages…

You will find the show each year at Blue Anchor Farm, Blindley Heath, Lingfield.

Blindley Heath is a beautiful location just south of Godstone, surrounded by a huge grassland nature reserve.  The whole area of Godstone Green and Church Town, suburbs of Godstone, are now conservation areas.  Blindley Heath is home to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  It is the best-known example of a relict damp grassland on Weald Clay in Surrey and has several ponds and a stretch of the Ray Brook.

Bay Pond is just one of the fantastic locations in Surrey that I use for dog photography. Each month I spent half of my working time at different beautiful locations across Surrey, Sussex, and Berkshire. From beaches and historic woodlands to forests and heathlands.

Another great location near Godstone is Tilburstow Hill. This is a beautiful woodland of Chestnut on the Greensand Way with views across the Weald. With easy parking, the site is open all year round. You will find an amazing display of Fungi through the autumn months, wildflowers by spring, and a great selection of traditional English trees.

 

The Cowpie Show

Ottershaw May Fair 07-05-2018

Ottershaw May Fair

Ottershaw May Fair is a hidden gem in the West of Surrey, perfect for a bank holiday outing.

There’s something great about a May bank holiday weekend when the sun shines. It’s a celebration of the start of summer. This Bank Holiday Monday was awesome and one to be remembered.

Allegedly the hottest bank holiday since records began, it didn’t disappoint.

Leanne and I took our display of work to the beautiful Surrey village of Ottershaw to join in the mayday fun at the Ottershaw May Fair.

Ottershaw May Fair is a great community celebration held at the Memorial Fields on Foxhill Road, Ottershaw. The purpose of the event is to raise money for great local organizations and charities.

Just on the outskirts of the M25, Ottershaw is a beautiful parish in the Runnymede area of Surrey.  As a whole, the area is a mix of commuter belt area and retirement homes. Making it a leafy suburb just 20 miles south-west of Central London.

There is even an Ottershaw walk. Taking you through the open and green spaces surrounding the village, visiting key sites around the village. It all starts from the Memorial Field with convenient parking and toilets. You can read more about it here: Do the Ottershaw Walk!

Other great reasons to visit Ottershaw include, the Foxhills Golf Club on the western edge of the village, two spectacular pubs, The Otter and The Castle.

But most of all Ottershaw is close to some of the most beautiful places around Surrey that I use for dog photography including Chobham Common, just a few minutes drive away.

Chobham Common is one of the best examples of lowland heath in the world and perfect for exploration with the dog. Particularly beautiful for images of gun dog breeds, Hungarian Vizlas, Weimaraners and Spaniels of all varieties, including the Sussex Spaniel.

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Jamie Morgan – The Hound Dog Photographer Amongst a display of his works of art, posed for the Surrey newspapers.

Ottershaw May Fair Photography

An example of the fine art dutch master styled print with rustic frame from Hound Dog Photography.

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Win a dog photography session with Hound Dog Photographer Jamie Morgan

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography