Northumberland County Show is a traditional agricultural event held at Bywell Hall, Near Stocksfield on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017 from 9am until 6pm.
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, alpacas, pigs, rabbits and Guinea Pigs, plus show jumping and sheep shearing.
This year’s main arena attractions include the amazing Big Pete Monster Trucks – watch these awesome trucks leap through the air and do tricks while the driver provides a live commentary to the crowd.
A Roman Cavalry re-enactment, plus a Roman camp, with horses, 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 big modern tractors straight from their new showroom in Hexham. When the family get hungry, settle down with some delicious goodies from the Street Food Market, and watch the hilarious Sheep Show starring Nobby the dancing sheep and his friends.
Don’t miss the Children’s Area where all the family can enjoy pony rides and face painting, drive mini tanks, meet some of Kirkley Hall’s zoo creatures or scramble up the climbing wall.
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 ‘Visions of Roman Northumbria’. School children are invited to display paintings and drawings, pottery, models and any creative work inspired by the Roman
occupation of the region. Judged by the artist, Karen McDougall, who is responsible for several pieces of public artwork for sites along Hadrian’s Wall, there are some fantastic prizes to be won, including tickets for this summer’s Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibitions.
The display of the children’s artwork can be seen in the Glorious Northumberland Marquee; a showcase for regional attractions, leisure and tourism. Come along and plan your next big family day out, or simply learn more about our wonderful region.
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. This year the show has taken on the management of the food marquee. Rebranded as ‘Taste of Northumberland’, visitors will find it full of high quality local bakers, butchers, cheese mongers, wine merchants, chefs and food suppliers, providing samples of the best of the county’s gourmet offerings. Visitors can then take something special home with them, or buy treats for a tasty show day picnic.
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, bee keepers, dry stone wallers, weavers and spinners, all from Northumberland.
With live music, shopping, bars and beer tent, fun fair, Cumberland Wrestling, gun dog scurry, tug of war, strong man competition, birds of prey, crafts and baking, local food and drink, and over 350 trade stands there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With free parking, easy access from major road and rail routes, it makes a great family day out.