10 pairs of Bakewell Country Festival tickets up for grabs as organisers announce 48-hour flash sale

Bakewell Country Festival will return for its third year this summer, offering free entry to ages 15 and under.
Bakewell farmer Harry Madin will run the sheep competitions at Bakewell Country Festival.Bakewell farmer Harry Madin will run the sheep competitions at Bakewell Country Festival.
Bakewell farmer Harry Madin will run the sheep competitions at Bakewell Country Festival.

To celebrate the event’s ticket launch on Thursday February 15, adult entry tickets can be purchased for just £10 each - but only for 48 hours before tickets revert to the full price of £13.Bridget Hope, manager of Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society (BAHS), which runs the event, says: “We constantly strive to make the festival a packed and good value day out for the whole family, so we thought that this would be a welcome offer for anyone eager to attend.“As a charitable organisation, the festival is our largest annual fundraising event, which we will hold in order to continue our work supporting the local rural economy through initiatives such as our training grants scheme.”

The one-day event on Sunday, July 14 at Bakewell Showground will offer something for the whole family. Although the 2024 line-up is still being curated, confirmed elements include a large tipi-covered children’s zone, packed with crafts, activities, music sessions and rides, some of which are free of charge.

Animals will remain at the heart of the festival, with sheep competitions returning to the showground for the first time since 2017. Farmer Harry Madin, 27, from Bakewell, will organise and run the competitions, drawing on his experience farming Derbyshire Gritstones in Holymoorside and his work as a self-employed shepherd - and dry stone waller - across the county. Sheep class and entry details will be available on the BAHS website in the spring.Heavy horse competitions will also return to the centre ring, as will fast-paced scurry and trials driving competitions and a vintage tractor parade.Cookery fans can indulge in demonstrations and tastings by the crème de la crème of local chefs, in a programme curated by local food writer Lesley Draper. The popular Conservation Corner will also return, giving the public access to representatives from local environmental organisations working to preserve the Peak District National Park.The atmosphere will be buzzing thanks to lively performances by the Old Time Rags and the Jelly Roll Jazz Band, as well as local outfits The Lah Di Dahs and The Sons of Rodger on the festival stage. Two food courts will offer mouthwatering fare from local traders including Sunshine Pizza Oven, washed down with pints at bars run by Bradfield Brewery.There’s even more for dog fans with the return of Bakewell Dog Show. The Kennel Club-registered competition will run on July 13 and 14, with free entry for the public on the Saturday. A companion class will also run, with entrants registering on the day for £1 – proceeds will go to the local Air Ambulance. Entry details for heavy horse classes and the dog show can be found on the BAHS website.Rounding it all off is a shopping village, which will be home to stalls run by independent local producers and makers to showcase some of the best the region has to offer.Tickets can be purchased via the BAHS website at bakewellahs.co.uk or from the BAHS office in Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on the Showground.

Children can get up close to the animals at Bakewell Country Festival (photo: Adam Elijah Sendall)Children can get up close to the animals at Bakewell Country Festival (photo: Adam Elijah Sendall)
Children can get up close to the animals at Bakewell Country Festival (photo: Adam Elijah Sendall)

*To celebrate the 48-hour flash sale, we are giving away 10 pairs of tickets. To be in with a chance of winning, tell us the date in 2024 when the one-day Bakewell Country Festival will be happening.

Email the answer, with your name, address and daytime phone number, marking Country in the subject box, to: [email protected]. Make sure that you state that you consent to us sharing your details with the competition promoter who will contact the 10 winners.

Entries will close at 12noon on Thursday, February 29, 2024. National World competition rules apply and are available on request.

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