The ever popular Coakham Bloodhounds will be with us again! This is your opportunity to get “up close and personal” with these endearing working dogs. Originally bred for tracking down criminals in Norman times, these dogs and their incredible noses are now used for the sport of tracking a runner on foot while mounted huntsmen follow. The route the runner takes is organised with landowners so as not to disturb their animals or crops and to give the horsemen a challenging ride across the country. On catching the runner, the hounds are so pleased to see him that they cover him with Bloodhound “kisses”! Meet the Bloodhounds at their stand and when they parade in the Main Ring. They will be pleased to see you!

The Coakham Bloodhounds

Attractions: Every year Bexhill Horse Show boasts a number of interesting attractions for it’s visitors.

This year is no exception and the show has some great exhibits to keep all the family entertained. To find us click here

Shire Horse Display and Meet and Greet

Another regular attraction at the show is the wonderful Shire Horses. These “gentle giants” parade on the showground and can be found on their trade stand throughout the day. The Shire horse is the largest of all the horse breeds and whilst slow in action are a powerhouse of strength with a docile and kind nature. The history of the breed goes back to Medieval Great Old English Black Horse which was used to carry knights in armour into battle.In the 1800’s the horse was the main power in agriculture and commerce, particularly on docks and railways. Fields were always ploughed by “Heavies” until the 1930’s when mechanisation saw the number of heavy horse drop dramatically, almost to the extinction of the breed in the 1960’s. It is only due to the love and interest of a few faithful stalwarts that the Shire Horse has survived and it is now mainly used as a show animal although it has recently been found to more economical for some work than it’s metal counterparts! Come and meet these fabulous horses and learn more about the breed from their knowledgable handlers.

Shire Horse Parade and Meet and Greet

Immaculately polished and buffed, brasses gleaming and leather shining, the wood and paintwork rubbed to a glow, with driver and groom impeccably dressed, the whole outfit moving majestically along the road.

Along 5 miles of road, drivers, horses and carriage must maintain an even pace and obey the highway code, carrying out a number of turns – all under the watchful eye of a Judge. The route, along Cooden Drive past the Cooden Beach Hotel and back to the Polegrove, takes just 30 minutes.


Come and support these valiant competitors who in all weathers practice their skills and give the watchers such pleasure. All we ask is that you please keep your dogs (and very small children) under careful control.

The Bexhill Horse Show Drive

Always a favourite with spectators, the Show Drive brings a touch of glamour to Bexhill Horse Show. These beautiful turnouts are a sight to behold. So much work is involved in getting the horses and vehicles to such a spectacular standard and we love to see them at our show.

Astronomy Adventures

At Astronomy Adventures we do more than just bring our telescopes! Our Stargazing Experience Nights/days give you an opportunity to explore the Universe through a large telescope with an experienced astronomer as your guide. Whether from the convenience of your back garden or from one of the UK’s top stargazing locations we will take you out on an exciting and memorable journey amongst the stars.

Our astronomers will show you how to use a telescope, show you the beauty of the night skies including planets, galaxies, nebula, clusters and much more. Our talks cover the National curriculum and can be tailored to any age range in school. We have hands on exhibits where you can make many astronomical items from a telescope to a spectroscope. Andy also gives talks to clubs, societies, Cubs, Guides in fact anyone that is interested!

Our stargazing experience nights are run by astronomer Andy Lawes FRAS (with enhanced DBS) and have more than 40 years experience observing the night sky. Hold a private star party in your back garden, a stargazing tour for your Birthday, Christmas or wedding guests, or a whirlwind visit to some of the best sights in the night sky any event or school stargazing experience, Andy is your Astronomer for Hire!

Collect your May Star Map from Andy at the Bexhill Horse Show!

Contact Andy Tel: 01424-819450 Mob 079 2345 8516                        


Want to get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers and sponsorship for the show so why not get in touch today and find out how you can help.

Click here to contact us.

Southern Lancers Demonstration

We are very excited to welcome the Southern Lancers Skill at Arms Group to the show for the first time in 2019.