SPIRITS were not dampened at this year’s Cotswold Show and food festival, despite the erratic British weather.

Now in its 35th year since the first show in 1989, organisers say the event was a 'resounding success' for visitors and traders alike, seeing thousands of people flood through the gates.

The return of the world-famous ‘Big Pete’s Monster Trucks’, an adrenalin-fuelled display where the giant vehicles jumped over and crushed cars, drew huge crowds of spectators around the main Bathurst Arena.

Staying true to the Cotswold Show’s original roots, when its founder Lord Bathurst was keen to stage a show that fostered a sense of love and respect for, and understanding of, the countryside, there were many farming and rural demos and displays over the 40-acre site.

A grand parade of the latest cutting-edge farm machinery drove into the Bathurst Arena for visitors to get up close to while traditional rural skills and steam-driven equipment demonstrated farming in history.

An integral part of the countryside, and indeed one of the backbones of The Cotswold Show, are of course animals of all shapes and sizes, domestic and wild, commercial and working.

This year’s show included sheepdogs, gundogs, horses, birds of prey, ducks and ferrets, not to mention the famous Sheep Show, both educational and hilarious!

Next year's show will take place on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

All pictures by photographer Simon Pizzey.