Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show 2022

What a day, what a crowd, what a show!

After a few nervous days looking at the weather forecast and wondering if we were mad to have a beach theme in the English summer holidays, the sun smiled over the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Showground. We had a super time at the show, meeting wonderful people, raising money for charity, getting selfies with Ozzy the Octopus, and winning first prize in the General Trade category.

School in a Bag

This year we brought the beach to the Showground, providing a fun place for young and old to have fun in the sand and splash about with Legs the Octopus.

Once again, we were raising money for our fave charity School in a Bag with our raffle. We had some amazing prizes donated by local businesses and we were blown away by the generosity of visitors buying raffle tickets for this amazing charity, raising £370 on the day through raffle tickets alone and some very generous donations directly to School in a Bag.

Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside.

Ozzy the Octopus made a few special appearances throughout the day and proved popular for selfies. If you took a selfie with Ozzy, please tag us in with #gooctopus. We would love to see your photos.

Our new sand and sea feature proved hugely popular with the younger crowd at the show, with the little ones really getting into the spirit, making sandcastles, digging for treasure, and splashing about with our new friend Legs the Octopus. We were delighted to be awarded First Prize in the General Trade category for our stand – the reception we received at the Show from visitors made all the planning and setting up in the rain worth it.


Before the show ended, we drew the winners of our raffle and announced the winners of our Guess the Number competition.

Congratulations to Sarah and Lorean, who had the closest guesses. We were delighted that one of our winners Lorean returned to our stand and we could present her with her prize.

For those who were not able to return for our grand draw, we are contacting our winners and you can collect your prize from our office.


We’ll be back

We loved seeing all the local businesses and people showing such wonderful support for the local community. The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show is a fantastic day for the local community, and we loved seeing the visitors and all the local businesses who support the show. We are looking forward to resting our legs for a while, but we will definitely be back next year.

Amazing prizes

A special thank you to our Octopus friends for their generous donations. We could not do it without you.

£100 John Lewis gift card from Partnership Security Partnership Security. CCTV, Fire and Intruder Alarms Shaftesbury

Weekend family ticket to Home Farm Fest from School in a Bag School in a Bag

£20 Visit Hillbrush gift card from Hillbrush Visit Hillbrush – Mere – Order online

Selection of plants from Ashridge Nurseries Hedging, Garden & Fruit Trees, Roses, Soft Fruit | Ashridge Nurseries (

Selection of collectable goodies from Dorset Tech #1 Web Design & SEO In Dorset. Computer Repair, App Development & iPhone Repair

Bracelet from Allum & Sidaway Allum & Sidaway – Award Winning Independent Family Jewellers (

Neal’s Yard gift set from Neal’s Yard Neal’s Yard Remedies UK | Natural & Organic Health & Beauty (

Wi-Fi keyboard and chocolates from Prodigy IT Solutions Prodigy IT Solutions

Bottle of Pimm’s from NH Case NH Case – NH Case

Dachshund soft toy from Money Management Matters Money Management Matters Shaftesbury

Bottled water for our free tote bags from Nectar Welcome to Nectar : Nectar Imports Ltd



Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!