As an equestrian, Badminton Horse Trials is one of the highlights of the year. And it's certainly one of ours too! We're really looking to having our stand there once again. You can find us on stand 99, near the media centre. We'll have lots of yummy refreshments, competitions, offers, goody bags and you have the chance to meet Piggy French! She'll be joining us at 12.30pm on Thursday and 1.45pm on Sunday. She'll be taking part in a Q&A session offering her advice for equestrian success as well as doing signings.

Located in the glorious Gloucestershire countryside on the Duke of Beaufort’s Estate, Badminton Horse Trials is the pinnacle of the calendar. With over 275 outlets, the shopping village is one of the biggest and best in the country. The cross country course is one of the most symbolic of the sport and the atmosphere is unlike any other. Here’s our top tips for survival!

Badminton Horse Trials Shopping

  • There are LOTS of shops, across lots of avenues and in various shopping tents. Best idea - walk round the lot quickly first so you can get your bearings and work out where you need to visit later. Alternatively, plan ahead and look at the trade stand list on the Badminton website so you can prioritise the stands you really want to see.
  • Plan your shopping! You don’t want to start the day carrying the heavy items, so plan ahead! You can always buy them and ask if you can pick them up later. 
  • Come and see us! We’re located on stand 99 - near the media centre! We’ve bubbly, great offers, a Q&A with Piggy French and a competition so do join us between 9am and 5pm each day.

Badminton Horse Trials Food

  • Food, glorious, food! There are so many delicious options on offer! The area surrounding the big screen has many great takeaway outlets including traditional burgers, crepes, pizzas, continental cuisine as well as a number of bars. There are also some quaint food stands dotted around and two great marquees (the Festival of Food is a MUST for any foodie) full of foodie favourites and boutique drinks companies. If none of these sound appealing, why not take a picnic and park up by a cross country fence or watching some action in the main arena. Perfection. Just be aware that you may have to park a little further away than you’d like, so plan your picnic carefully!

The sport

  • You can’t come all this way and not see a horse! Although with the amount of shops, food outlets and attractions on offer, it’s easy to see how you can! This year there are some great displays in the main arena including a a Dressage Display, a Stallion Display, a Shetland Pony Grand National and parade of the Duke of Beaufort’s hounds. 
  • Watching in the main arena - watching in the main arena on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is free, once you’ve paid your entrance into the park as you enter. There are some spaces which are ticket only but you’ll be aware of these upon arrival. It is also free to watch on Cross Country day, where you can see the start, finish and first and last fences. On showjumping day, entrance is by ticket only, of which these must be bought beforehand.

What to wear

  • The weather at this time of the year is always a talking point at Badminton. In previous years, the weather has been so hot that many have been seen in dresses, shorts and skirts whilst sunbathing and enjoying Pimms. Rewind to 2012 and the event was cancelled before it even began due to non-stop rain for the whole of April. The venue hasn’t seen rain for a month, so with this in mind, chances are, it’s due. If you’re feeling energetic, dress appropriately in the morning and leave wet weather gear in your car so you can pop back if the heavens open. Alternatively, a good pair of walking boots or deck shoes are perfect, come rain or shine. A lightweight, waterproof jacket is always a bonus as is darker coloured legwear. White jeans + spontaneous mud = disaster!

Badminton Horse Trials is a really great event with many fantastic shopping opportunities, delicious food options and some of the world’s best riders! Now to fit it all in! Enjoy!