2017-05-19 

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Great Family Day Out at Northumberland County Show 2017

Northumberland County Show is a traditional agricultural event held at Bywell Hall, Near Stocksfield on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017.

It is the biggest show in the North East attracting over 26,000 visitors from across the region and further afield, featuring competitive livestock classes for horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, alpacas, pigs, rabbits and Guinea Pigs, plus show jumping and sheep shearing.

Northumberland County Show

Northumberland County Show

This year’s main arena attractions include the amazing Big Pete Monster Trucks Display – watch these awesome trucks leap through the air and do tricks while the driver provides a live commentary to the crowd.

A Roman Cavalry Show with Pony Club Roman Games, plus a Roman camp, with horsemen, soldiers and Roman ‘citizens’, will bring history to life for all the family. This attraction is supported by Northumberland National Parks who are launching their ‘Sill Project’ – the new gateway facility to the National Park- opening in July, at Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall.

In the main ring a parade of Tractors through the Ages will be led by one of Thomas Sherriff’s huge new John Deere tractors straight from their showroom in Hexham.

Don’t miss the Children’s Area where all the family can enjoy pony rides and face painting, Lintz Hall Farm’s Kids’ Corner, drive mini tanks, meet some of Kirkley Hall’s zoo creatures or try some Bubble Football.Thrill seekers can try out the ‘Air Drop’ and act like a stuntman by jumping off a 5m high platform onto a huge inflatable landing pad.

The 2017 show will be celebrating the first ever ‘Northumberland Day’, that takes place on Sunday 28th May, the day before the show and the marquees will be festooned with colourful red and yellow bunting in honour of the Northumberland flag.

To celebrate the event, the County Show is hosting a children’s art competition on the theme of ‘Roman Northumbria’. School children from across the region have produced paintings and drawings, pottery, mosaics and models inspired by the Roman occupation of the region. The display of the children’s artwork can be seen in the Glorious Northumberland Marquee; dedicated to regional attractions, leisure services and tourism supported by Northumberland County Council.

In the Castle Arena the public will enjoy the thrilling Birds of Prey display, supported by Hay and Kilner Law Firm; Tug of War Tournament and Cumberland Wrestling, which features the World Championship for the Under 12 Stone class.

New for this year is the Network Artists marquee; a gallery featuring work by over forty local artists, jewellers and artisan craftspeople, where visitors can view or purchase unique artwork.

Sadly, there will be no poultry at this year’s show due to Avian Flu restrictions, but organisers have increased the size of their Egg Section with lots of new classes and decorated egg displays that can be seen alongside the adorable Rabbits and Guinea Pigs in the Fur and Egg Marquee.

The Specsavers Shearing Section is always a great show, and this year the audience can marvel at the skills of competitors in the new Wool Handling Competition. You can even enter on the day!

The Northumberland County Show provides a showcase for the finest examples of animal husbandry and agriculture, and applauds the pride and passion of the county’s farmers and food producers. In the food hall ‘The Taste of Northumberland Marquee’, visitors will find it full of high quality local bakers, butchers, chefs and food suppliers, providing samples of the best of the county’s gourmet offerings.

When the family get hungry, settle down with some delicious goodies from the Street Food Market, and watch the hilarious Border Counties Insurance Sheep Show, starring Nobby the dancing sheep and his friends.

The Northumberland County Show has always been committed to supporting local producers and suppliers wherever possible, and in addition to the competitive livestock and home crafts sections, the show provides a unique assembly of stick dressers, pipe players, bee keepers, farriers, dry stone walling, weavers and spinners, all from Northumberland.

Northumberland Show

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