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Welcome to The Plonkers official web site.
The New Forests very own Original Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra, The Plonkers
Celebrating their 39th Year in show biz.


The Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra are an ideal band for County Shows, Local Fetes, Carnivals and Pubs.
Combining the local 'yokel' Hampshur' wit of Golly on banjo, with 'Scrumpy' Country songs and an inventive band of very accomplished mooosicians.

The ORIGINAL Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra started life in 1979, when Golly entered the Lymington carnival with a cider-making machine 'float'. It was a two-wheeled cart, pulled by Plonker, the donkey, with whistles, bells and various gizmos. The cart was followed by Gordon on banjo, Bob on squeeze box, and a trombone and bass drum. They won first prize, playing the chorus of Drink Up Thee Zider (which is all they knew, but as they kept moving the crowd never realised this!) for the whole parade. They did this for a few years until the 'band' numbered 15. Then one year, the Singing Butcher, booked for the Lymington Vintage Fair, couldn't make it, and Golly was asked to stand in - the first booking for The Plonker's Agricultural Orchestra. They have been plaguing the New Forest and beyond ever since.
Last revised: July 14, 2017

Just in, pictures from the 2017 Downton Cuckoo Fair, Click here to view.  If you can take it, scroll down the page for more!


The Plonkers next public performances are:


Sat 15th & Sun 16th July 2017, The Plonker's Agricultural Orchestra will be appearing at:

Historic Transport Club -Devon Coastal Safety Run

The Historic Transport Club - Devon Coastal Safety Run
Mill Marsh Park, off St John's Lane
Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AL
The Plonkers are going to Plonkerise Devon yet again!

The 39th Devon Coastal Safety Run is on Sunday 16th July 2017.
The Historic Transport Club - Devon Coastal Safety Run covers 70 miles of glorious Devon coastal and country scenery.
The run starts at Exeter and is finishing in the town of Bovey Tracey with an intermediate stop at Goodrington Sands.
More details at: www.historic-transport-club.co.uk/


Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017, The Plonker's Agricultural Orchestra will be appearing at:

Rockingham Castle Game & Country Show

Rockingham Castle Game & Country Show
Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8TH
The Plonkers are playing live on both days
Returning for the 9th year, and on a new Summer date, this family Country Fair will have something for everyone. Set in the beautiful grounds of Rockingham Castle this Family Country and Game Show with all day entertainment.
Including The Sheep Show, the Dog & Duck Show, birds of prey flying displays, the ‘FANY’s’ Historical Re-enactment Horseback Display Team, PADS dog training including have-a-go Agility & Scurry, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Devilstick Peat plus Circus Workshop, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, Nuneaton Dog Display Team, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy.
Arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees as well as outside trade stands. Fully catered & with a licensed bar, and The PLonkers
Admission on the gate: £9.50, concessions £8, Children age 5-16 £4, Family Ticket: £25 (2 adults and 2 children) - Free Parking

Sat 4th & Sun 5th Aug 2017, The Plonker's Agricultural Orchestra will be appearing at:

Torbay Steam Fair.

Stand by Torbay, The Plonkers are going to Plonkerise Devon yet again!
Playing live Saturday and Sunday
http://www.torbaysteamfair.com/

More details on the exact gig times as we get them.


Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August, 2017, The Plonker's Agricultural Orchestra will be appearing at:

The Knebworth Steam Crafts & Country Life Fair,  Knebworth House, Knebworth, SG1 2AX
The Plonkers are playing live on both days.
Set in the beautiful grounds of Knebworth House this Family Country Show now in its 7th year with all day entertainment including steam engines – both full size and scale, Jez Avery’s Stunt Bikes and Buggies, the ‘FANY’s’ Historical Re-enactment on Horseback Display Team,  and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy. Arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees as well as outside trade stands. Of course you also have access to the Dinosaur Trail, the Children’s Play Area and Fort and Knebworth’s own beautiful grounds as part of your entry ticket. Fully catered & with a licensed bar, and, The Plonkers
Admission on the gate: £9.50, Family ticket (for 4 persons) £34
Tickets include entrance to Gardens, Park, Dinosaur Trail and Adventure Playground. - Free Parking

Mon 28th Aug 2017, The Plonker's Agricultural Orchestra will be appearing at:

The White Hart Lymington
17 Milford Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 8DF
The Plonkers have been invited to play on Monday afternoon at the White Hart's bank holiday beer festival.
They have been booked to appear at the grand finale, and will be on stage until the festival finishes at around 6pm.

All are welcome The White Hart in Lymington, a traditional 200 year old inn sitting on the border of Lymington & Pennington
With a traditional bar area, contemporary lounge, large restaurant and garden there is plenty of space to relax, unwind, enjoy a drink, light snack or a full 3 course meal.
Families are welcome, they'll love The Plonkers, who provide lots of great family entertainment

Reservation line: 01590 673495, or Email: info@whitehartpennington.co.uk
Website: www.whitehartpennington.co.uk


The Plonker's Agricultural Orchestra Photo Stream is now live, just click on the image to open (please note, this opens in a new window)

The Plonkers playing at The Downton Cuckoo Fair.

The Plonkers at Brockenhurst Station to mark The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

'Plonkers' dodging leather cricket balls at Pylewell Cricket Club

Click here for The Plonkers 2017 Gig List

  Latest News: 
The Plonkers® now have their latest CD 'In the can' Featuring Golly, Janette, and Rustic Ray,
'RUSTIC RUMPUS' has 15 new songs and is available now online and at gigs.
Available now, online and at all gigs


What's new:
The Plonkers online shop is now live. You can now purchase 3 of The Plonkers CD's. Proper Music, Second Eruption and Rustic Rumpus
This is the first time 'Proper Music' has been available on CD via the internet!
So, we now have 2 new CD's, 'Janet Beale On Accordion' and 'Rustic Rumpus'
Rustic Rumpus
is the very latest 2012 recording from Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra (15 new songs)
All CD's are priced at £9.99 and P&P is just £1 per order, so why not order more, it's still only £1
  Postage and packing is just £1 per order
We normally post our CD's within 24 hours of receiving your order, but please allow up to 10 days for delivery.
Guaranteed to keep your mother-in-law and any other unwelcome relatives away
Remember these CD's always sound better with alcohol

 

How to book The Plonkers..

If you would like to book The Plonkers, please email:
g...@theplonkers.com


See The Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra live
For full details of up and coming bookings

Click here for the full updated Gig list
Many of The Plonkers gigs are only arranged with as little as a weeks notice so please check here for the regular updates.


This page was last revised on: July 14, 2017


The Plonker's™ band line up

The main band members of The Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra™ can be viewed here:

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Last revised: July 14, 2017, 'Ampshire time

What is 'Ampshire time you ask?
according to Golly, 'Ampshire time is:
You eat when your hungry,
you go to bed when your tired,
and you get the job done when its finished.

The next update will be...................'Ampshire time
The clock on the right is set to 'Ampshire time


           'Ampshire time


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