Fun for all the family at traditional show

Hope Show, Highland cattle in the show ring
Hope Show, Highland cattle in the show ring

There will be something for all the family to enjoy at Hope Show, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.

Visitors to the annual event will get a glimpse into life in the countryside at the traditional agricultural show.

Dating back to 1853, Hope Show raises money for local societies and charitable organisations.

Events on offer this year include sheepdog trials, cattle and sheep competing for a place in the grand parade and sheep shearing and fleeces.

There will also be horse classes in the three showground rings, a heavy horses display and gun dog competitions.

Away from the animals, there will be veteran, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, vintage tractors and engines, a horticultural tent and arts and crafts.

A variety of trade stands, stalls and children’s attractions including face painting, archery, a circus workshop and Punch and Judy, mean there’s bound to be something on offer to suit the whole family.

This year’s main ring attraction is Blazing Saddles, a unique group of experienced athletes and horsemen who perform amazing stunts on horseback.

The National Farmers Union’s Let’s Talk Farming road show will also be at the show, hosted by farmer and TV presenter Johnny Ball, who this year will bring Annabelle the cow and a range of give-aways including children’s activity booklets.

A wide range of refreshments will be available from fast food to locally reared and slow cooked succulent pork sandwiches.

Admission is £9 for adults, £6 concessions and £3 for children aged between five and 16. Under-fives are admitted for free. Gates open at 8am.

For more information, see www.hopeshow.org.uk.