BORDER UNION SHOW
Springwood Park, Kelso
The 46-acre Springwood Park on the outskirts of Kelso plays host to the Border Union Show, which includes horse, pony, cattle, sheep, donkey, goat, poultry and rabbit competitions, alongside horse shoeing, young farmers’ stock judging and industrial arts competitions. There’ll also be around 200 trade stands selling farm machinery, clothes and equestrian goods, while the kids will be entertained by a fun fair and main ring family entertainment.
The first of the annual Cheviot sheep and horticultural shows, Powburn promises – as always – to be a day to remember. As well as the famous sheepdog trials, there’ll be a range of crafts and baking exhibits for visitors to peruse, a beer and tea tent to relax in if the sun’s shining a little too brightly, and the always exciting traditional Cumberland wrestling contest.
Competitive sports have long been the main attraction for visitors to the Slaley Show, and the tug of war, wrestling and ferret racing competitions will keep those most eager to tackle opponents busy. That said, there’s plenty more to Slaley than hard-nosed competition: there are plenty of local food producers and retail stalls in the tents dotted around the site, while a bouncy castle and traditional fairground games will entertain the children.
This Borders show includes a beer tent, sheepdog trials, pony sports, a fell race and children’s activity classes. Celebrating all aspects of rural life, the Falstone Show features competitive baking contests, vegetable growing competitions and best walking stick judging. The livestock competitions at Falstone focus around sheep, lambs and sheepdogs, and are always worth watching.
The Showfield, Bellingham
Northumbria’s finest come out for the Bellingham Show, which features traditional games, archery, wrestling and (what else?) Northumbrian piping. ere’ll be continuous entertainment in the main ring, live bands playing throughout the day and not one but two beer tents to quench visitors’ thirst. Combine all this with some of the best local producers serving up food and local artists and craftspeople selling items for the home, and you have a comprehensive country show.
The Showfield, Wooler
The 125th Glendale Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, and promises something for everyone – including your dog. There’ll be the traditional show competitions, broken down into classes, more than 200 different trade stands, and a range of marquees filled to the brim with retailers selling different items including speciality foods, arts and crafts. But the kids are likely to be most impressed by the falconry display, the mounted police display, or the performance by Paul Swift Precision Driving.
Home Farm, Gilmony Nr Bowes
Bowes Show is well-known across the region for having one of the largest horse entries in the north, with displays shown over eight arenas. But there’s plenty more to the show than just that: there are craftstalls, trade stands and plenty to keep visitors entertained as they get an insight into rural life. Sheep, horses, donkeys and dogs will be judged alongside tractors at the first of the big Teesdale agricultural shows.
Unthank Park, Stanhope
Professional wrestling performances sit alongside judging Dales ponies and beef cattle in this two-day extravaganza held by the Stanhope Agricultural Society, first formed in 1834. There’s something for all ages here – including kids’ competitions in cross stitch, rock buns, and the best Lego or K’nex creation. There are, of course, plenty of stands selling handcrafted wares so you needn’t leave empty-handed.