“Explore The Shires” is a behind-the-scenes tv series that showcases the unique businesses, communities and landscape of The Shires of Vermont located in Southwestern Vermont. Similar in format to Discovery Science’s “How It’s Made” and ABC News’ “Made in America,” the production is both modern and intriguing. This show is all about what it means to “explore The Shires!” From adventure parks, to great eats, to world-renowned brands, to interesting people, this show takes the viewer on an exploration of the culture, people and region.

It’s predecessor, “Bennington Made,” of which Explore The Shires grew out of, was an award-winning local series developed by The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce and CAT-TV.  Most notably Bennington Made: Madison Brewing won a 2017 Silver Telly Award and Bennington Made: Vermont Wooden Blocks won a 2017 Bronze Telly Award.  The series was also named as a Top 5 Finalist in the 3rd Annual Chamber Innovation Award Competition.

So without very wait, Explore on!…

DiBuono Ravioli

Bromley Mountain Adventure Park

Episode 20: Dion Snowshoes

Season 3: Teaser

Episode 18: Henry's Market

Episode 16: Ramuntos Pizza

Explore The Shires: Lil’ Britain Fish and Chips Shop

Episode 21: Merck Forest Maple Syrup

Episode 19: Season 2 Bloopers

Episode 17: The Apple Barn

Episode 15: The Village Chocolate Shoppe

Episode 14: Mountain Anthony Country Club

Episode 13: GVH Studios

Episode 12: NSK Steering Systems

Our latest episode of #BenningtonMade is up! Check out our tour of NSK Steering Systems America based in Bennington, Vermont. Learn how our workforce is transforming the steering column and component industry and why NSK picked Bennington as its premier spot!

Episode 11: TAM Waste Management

Ready to get dirty?  Join our Bennington Made crew as they explore how local waste management company, TAM disposes of your trash, recycling and now compost!

Episode 10: Madison Brewing Co.

In this episode we take a look at the microbrew craze that's happening in Southern Vermont with a special tour of locally owned and operated Madison Brewing.  We join Head Brewer Will as he shows us how the Madison family has been brewing beer for the last 20 years.

Episode 9: Season 1 Finale & Bloopers

After a great first season of Bennington Made, producers Matt Harrington (Bennington Chamber) and Mike Cutler (CAT-TV) discuss the inside workings of the show and review a fun blooper reel.

Episode 8: R. John Wright Dolls

R. John Wright Dolls have made it all the way to Hollywood and back!  We tour their facility on Route 9 in Bennington to discover just how they make every piece of their hand-crafted dolls.

Episode 7: Vermont Wooden Blocks

Forget garage tech start up, try basement wooden block start up!  This episode we meet Bob and his Vermont Wooden Block company of which he started in his basement.  His product is now used in many schools and with parents as a great S.T.E.M. learning and play product.

Episode 6: Porta Brace

Their iconic bags are known around the world by reporters and media companies. Porta Brace gives us a tour of their hand-crafted, sturdy bag production facility right here in Bennington.

Episode 5: Spirits of Old Bennington

Spirits of Old Bennington is a start-up distillery with a passion.  Made in a converted Paper Mill, this small team of distilleries are making great spirits like Covered Bridge Rum!

Episode 4: Jay's Art Gallery & Frame Shop

Jay of Jay's Art Gallery and Frame Shop takes us on an exclusive tour of his frame shop in downtown Bennington. Hand-crafted and made with great consideration to the artwork, this frame shop is business that keeps ticking!

Episode 3: Bennington Lanes

This bowling/indoor golf experience is family-owned and always inventing.  We join Brooke as she leads us through her family's 40-year old facility to show us how Bennington Lanes actually works.


Episode 2: Bennington Museum 3D Art

A unique twist on 'hand-crafted' and 'locally made' we join the Bennington Museum as we celebrate 3-Demensional art and product being made right here in Bennington, Vermont.

Episode 1: Bennington Potters

One of the most iconic brands to come out of Bennington, Bennington Potters has been featured in the Obama White House and is a brand known around the world.  We join owner/operator Sheela as she gives us a tour of her facility.