Festival Details - "Northumberland County Show"...
Start: Friday, June 3, 2022 9:00AM
End: Friday, June 3, 2022 6:00PM
The Northumberland County Show is a much loved agricultural event, held in the half term school holidays at the start of June. After a two year absence due to Covid, the show returns on the Bank Holiday Friday of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend. Over 30,000 visitors will flock by car, train and bus to the showground at Bywell, near Stocksfield to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this fun-filled day out.
There are hundreds of competitive livestock classes for horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas, pigs, goats, fur and feather, baking and home crafts and many more. The youngsRPS Sheep Section welcomes nearly four hundred woolly entrants, featuring an array of different breeds for visitors to admire. The Show is a welcome opportunity for hardworking farmers to catch up after a long, tough lambing season, chat with friends and neighbours, and find out about the latest technological developments in the agricultural trade stand zone.
The Thomas Sherriff Cattle Section is just as lively; with dozens of breeds represented, including black and white Holsteins and pretty Jerseys in the dairy section, fluffy Highlands, Longhorns and a world class line up of mighty Herefords.
Alpacas have grown in popularity in recent years, and over in the Ad Gefrin Alpaca marquee, visitors can get up close to over a hundred and fifty of these gentle creatures. With so many breeders keen to show off their animals, the places for this hotly contested section fill up within hours of their release online.
In the main arena, Newcastle Diamonds Speedway team will be thrilling the crowds with noisy high speed, high octane racing. The Royal Engineers Military Highland Piping Band provide rousing music to launch the day, and visitors can get in to meet the friendly hounds from Morpeth Hunt and get up close to the cute College Valley Beagles.
Take a step back in time to enjoy the Parade of Vintage Tractors, or learn about the traditional arts of stick dressing, spinning and weaving, or bee keeping. Northumberland pipers provide haunting melodies in the Great Northumbria area, while Cumberland Wrestlers vigorously demonstrate energetic “hipes” (throws) to unbalance their opponents in this ancient sport.
If you are feeling peckish, pick up delicious locally produced meats, cheeses, baking, confectionary and drinks to take home, or simply enjoy a picnic under the trees in the beautiful parkland of Bywell Hall. If street food is more your taste, eat your way around the world with artisan producers of fresh game pies, filled French crepes, wood fired pizza, wok flamed Asian noodles or hearty German bratwurst. There are loads of family favourites too, with ice cream stalls, hog roasts and hot dogs, burgers and donuts, filling the air with tempting smells.
The kids will love the fun fair, donkey and pony rides, and face painting. There are Krazy Karts for little ones, bubble football in huge inflatable spheres, or test your goal scoring skills aiming at the massive inflatable target. At The Sheep Show, Nobby the Norfolk Horn ram's hilarious dancing entertains the crowds, and the audience can learn a bit about the history and art of keeping sheep. For the first time, the Show has a Giant Tortoise paddock. With an expert keeper, this is sure to be a popular draw. These amiable characters enjoy some fuss and attention from visitors.
Horse lovers can enter over a hundred equine competitions. The Equine Section is supported by local financial consultants, Sage Wealth Management, and features retired racehorses (RoR), Working Hunter ponies and horses, beautiful coloured horses, Mountain and Moorland breeds, and even magnificent Shires and Heavy Horses in sparkling decorated harnesses. With such a variety of options, the show has become an annual get together for equestrian friends and supporters, enjoying a relaxed day of riding and socialising, with a chance to qualify for coveted places at national level competitions at the Horse of the Year Show.
In this border county, it is fitting that the Northumberland Show hosts the largest gathering of Border Terriers in the country, all competing in the extensive KC Dog Show. The section attracts over seven hundred canines of all shapes and sizes. Do not worry if your four legged friend isn't a pedigree, all well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. There is a fun dog show your pooch can enter on the day; or a gun dog scurry that tests your pet's sniffing and retrieval abilities. Why not have a go on the dog agility course or try Terrier Racing?
As the day comes to its pinnacle with the Grand Parade of Champions in the Main Arena, those who enjoy a bit of luxury descend on the Muckle LLP Members’ Marquee. As the ring fills with the rosette bedecked champions from every section, badge holders can enjoy a glass of Pimms while in the arena top judge Scott Donaldson ponders the biggest question of the day, who will win the prestigious JS Hubbucks Champion of Champions trophy?
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