Best in Show: Agricultural Show Round-Up
The region’s agricultural shows have been at the centre of rural tradition for hundreds of years and still remain at the heart of local communities today. We’ve rounded up some of the best in show this summer.
Monday 27 August – Keswick Show
One of the oldest societies in Keswick, the Keswick Agricultural Society was founded in 1860 and holds the Keswick Agricultural Show every August Bank Holiday Monday. After a cancellation last year, the show promises to return on Monday 27 August, on the Pump Field, near Braithwaite. Expect all the usual country show entertainment, plenty to keep the youngsters amused and over 60 local traders displaying their goods. Classes will be judged in everything from cakes and crafts to horticulture and cattle.
Monday 27 August – Black Combe Country Fair
Experience the best of West Cumbria at Black Combe Country Fair. Located in the foothills of the picturesque Black Combe, in Bootle, the country fair has something for the whole family. Attractions include all the country fair favourites and a number of show classes for dogs, such as Foxhounds, Terriers, Beagles, Whippets, Lurchers, Gundogs and a fun novelty K9 class. A wide variety of Cumbrian sports will also be showcased, including a competition of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and the annual fell race. And with a wide range of trade stalls selling the best of local produce, it once again promises to be a fascinating insight into life in Cumbria.
Wednesday 29 August – Ennerdale Show
One of the region’s longest standing country shows, the 111th Ennerdale Show will take place on the western edge of the Lake District. Activities, based around the traditional sports and pastimes of the area, include the showing of sheep, horses, dogs and poultry, of all shapes and sizes. Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling takes centre stage in the late afternoon and the sport of Hound trailing, still well supported in West Cumbria, will be represented with four races throughout the day. Organisers promise to make it happen, whatever the weather.
Sunday 2 September – Loweswater Show
This September sees the 142nd Loweswater Agricultural Show, and the format has changed little over the years. Livestock, agricultural and industrial Classes, fell races, poultry and of course, the beer tent all take centre stage, along with vintage vehicles, sheep dog trials and hound trails and traditional children’s games. Visitors can try their hand at archery and carriage driving or browse the local fare and handmade goods in the craft tent.
Saturday 29 September – Eskdale Show
The oldest and premier show for Herdwick sheep, returns at the end of September for its 150th event. While this traditional Lakeland agricultural show was founded in the 1800s as a result of the desire to improve the breed of the local Herdwick sheep, today it is the highlight of life in the valley. Links to the past are maintained with displays of old farm machinery, together with displays of traditional crafts and alongside Herdwicks, there are classes for foxhounds and terriers, poultry, vintage machinery and vehicles, handicrafts and cookery. There is plenty to keep the kids amused and a tent full of tea and cakes.