The A-Z of the Tullamore Show

   08 Aug 2016

All you need to know about this year's Show on 14th August 2016, in alphabetical order!

The A-Z for planning your day at this year's Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show: 

Trade Exhibitors: Outdoor Stands- from Monday 8th August for setting up of trade stands. All heavy items must be in place by 6.00pm on Friday 12th August.
Indoor stands- from Friday 12th August.
Livestock Competitors: Access to overnight accommodation from 3:00pm on Friday 12th August.
General Competitors: Access on Sunday 14th August from 6:30am.
National Invention Competitors: All exhibits will be judged on the Showground’s on Saturday 8th August, from 10:00am.
General Public: Access from 8:30am on Sunday 14th August
We advise to come early to avoid change in traffic plans

Tickets can be purchased online 'Skip the Queue - Scan It Through'
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On Show day:
Adults: €20
Students and Senior Citizens: €15
Children under 12 years are free, if accompanied by an Adult.

Full entry fees are paid at the gate by everyone but competitors are allowed credits against entry fees, at time of making entries and before closing date of 20th July (Rules and regulations apply)

This year we have a brand new Tullamore Show App in conjunction with Irish Farmer Journal to help you navigate the site and check the time of your favourite event so you don’t miss a thing.

Baby Changing Facilities will be available near the Restaurant pavilion

ATM facilities will be available on the site at the AIB stand, on show day.

Bar Facilities will be provided on site by The Brewery Tap.
The bar will be located close to the indoor marquees.
Televisions are provided in the main bar – so you can keep up to date with any GAA related activities!

Benson Foods will be providing the Catering facilities on site.
Breakfast will be available from 8.00 am in the onsite Restaurant.
A variety of food will be available from units located in food villages around the site and in the catering marquee.
See site map for exact locations.

Catalogues will be on sale from Catalogue Booths in various locations on the Showground’s.
Demand is always brisk for the Catalogues so we would advise you to purchase early.
Price will be €5

The traffic plan will be available on the website later.
280 acres of Free Car Parking for 20,000 cars will be available on all the main routes, adjacent to the Showground’s.
These car parks will be colour coded and we would encourage you to note your location as you are leaving your car park.
The map on the website should be of help, together with an information leaflet which will be available free near entry points.
Car parking facilities for wheelchair users is available on the Showground’s – passes are required.
To access this PWD parking area, please follow the Livestock traffic route and enter the showground at Gate 5. Transport will be provided on the day to transport people from the various car parks onto the showground’s.

Iarnod Éireann
Bus Éireann

Each year, a charity is selected, from all the applications received, and this organisation is the only permitted fundraising organisation at the show.
This year, the selected charity is MS Offaly.
Please support this worthy cause.

We realise that there is a lot to see and do at the show so to help you we have a number of information boards, sponsors listings and site maps located at a number of key points throughout the showground’s. This year our new APP is your best option for having lots of information at your fingertips so make sure to download our App.

Judging will commence in all sections, except Inventions, at 10:00am on Sunday morning.
The Indoors Sections, e.g. Cookery and Horticulture, will also be starting at 10:00am and marquees will be closed while judging is going on.
The Inventions are judged on Saturday (13th) from 10:00am onsite.

We would encourage everyone to have an agreed meeting point in place, in case children get separated from their minders. A good idea is to write the minders mobile number on the child’s hand, in case they get separated in the crowds. When all else fails contact the Garda Unit beside H.Q. We will have the details announced from the Secretary’s Office at the H.Q. Carrie Acheson, our voice of the show, has never failed to ‘find the minders’ yet.

Lost belongings may be found at the HQ office or at the Garda HQ. Please watch the website on the days after the show as we will list any found and unclaimed items

The map is on our new Show App, please download before Show day. Again this year we will have a free leaflet, containing a site map and these will be distributed free at the entry points to the show. There will also be a number of maps on boards throughout the Showground’s.

Please keep in mind that there are a lot of animals on the move around the Show – being the National Livestock Show. The terrain may be uneven, thus requiring caution with movement. Emergency services will be provided at a few locations and also near the HQ.
If needing attention, contact should be made with any of the Safety Officers, who will in turn make contact with the emergency services. Everyone should take care and help to ensure that we have a safe and accident free visit to the Show.

There will be a high Meeting Point sign, located near the Grey Catering Village and Gate 3. This location may be of help when making plans to meet your friends.

We are always delighted to welcome new members to the Show Society.
Anyone wishing to join should make contact with the office, phone (057) 9352141 or email
Membership for this year closed on 1st July 2016.

Due to demand on Overnight Accommodation for livestock, only animals which are booked in and fees paid will be accommodated. Passes will be issued. The facility will be strictly controlled. Access to the facility will be available from 3.00pm on Friday 12th August.
All animals must be in place by 6.00pm on Saturday 13th August. Late arrivals will not be allowed into the accommodation, due to Department restrictions. Overnight accommodation can be provided at €15 per animal. Overnight Shed must be vacated by 8.30am on the morning of the Show, without exception. Exhibitors whose animals remain in the Overnight Shed after 8.30am on Show Day may forfeit any prize money awarded.

We expect that all the mobile networks will have good coverage, as maximum output has been requested from your network provider.
Please be careful with your mobile phone, as there are usually a number of phones lost at the Show.

There will be limited parking on the showground’s for people with physical disabilities. The special passes are required to access the parking area. To access this PWD parking area, please follow the Livestock traffic route and enter the showground at Gate 5

While we are delighted to see you at any time, we would encourage you to come early and allow yourself plenty of time to see and enjoy all the activities of our vast programme of events.
There will certainly be something for everyone.
Timetables with full details are available on the Show App, which can be downloaded before show day.

A limited Shuttle Bus service will operate from 10:00am, every hour on the hour, from O'Connor Square, Tullamore and servicing the Tullamore Train Station.
The regularity of them is dependent on the traffic flow.
The return journey is available from the drop off spot on the N52.

While the majority of the classes and competitions have to be pre entered, spectators and visitors to the show will have many opportunities to avail of various competitions on the day.
• Entries are also taken on the day for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Man, Bonny Baby, Miss and Mr. Offaly and of course, the Glamorous Granny and the Traditional Farmer.
• You can test your skill in the Cookery Pavilion by seeing how good your judging skills are. If your judgment corresponds with that of the official judges, you could win yourself a very valuable prize.
• Numerous draws on the trade stands.

In the interest of planning, evaluation and development we may be conducting a survey at the show this year. We would very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Showground’s are open on show morning, Sunday 14th Aug, at 6:30am for exhibitors and competitors, while 8:30am is the opening time for the general public. A full list of the time tables for each section is also available on this website and on our new Show App.

No ticket selling is allowed on the showground’s or in the car parks on show day. Ticket selling is only permitted for the chosen charity, which this year is MS Offaly.

Toilets are located at several points on the Showground’s – see map. Wheelchair accessible toilets will be located in the main block beside the onsite Restaurant (See map)

Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show, takes place on 250 acres at the Butterfield Estate, Blueball, Tullamore, which is 7km outside Tullamore on the N52 road near Blueball. We have worked closely with the Gardaí to make sure that we will have a free flowing traffic system in place. The traffic plan will be available on the website later and on our New Tullamore Show App.
All routes will be well sign posted and we would ask motorists to follow the routes indicated.
Only Exhibitors, Judges, stewards and people with special passes will be allowed access on to the Showground’s.
All vehicle windscreen stickers should be clearly displayed, so as to avoid delay in the traffic flow.

And, finally, enjoy your day!