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Agricultural Shows

The Agricultural Shows of the towns and communities in this district offer a window into the traditions and livelihoods in this part of Yorkshire. 

They are a much anticipated chance for celebration and chance for all those engaged in rural occupations to showcase their produce and skills to the surrounding community and the thousands of visitors who attend.

Across Masham, Nidderdale and Harrogate there are a range of shows, from the small village fetes which have grown to include elements of local agriculture and horticulture, right up to the Great Yorkshire Show, the largest agricultural show in the country which lasts for three days in early July.

Traditional livestock classes showcase the finest sheep, cattle & horses as well as demonstrate the range of breeds, many of which are now rare and maintained by passionate farmers. 

See how dry stone walls are built to withstand the centuries in the hotly contested walling competitions, or see demonstrations of traditional skills only kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts. The Nidderdale Show includes an exhibition cricket match, and a fun fair which opens on the preceding Thursday.

The lively Wensleydale town of Masham stands out with two events unique to the area.  In summer the Masham Steam Engine Rally is a lively family event featuring steam traction engines and steam organs of all shapes and sizes from around the country as well as other games and entertainments, perfect for long summer evenings.   In the autumn the town also hosts the Masham Sheep Fair, filling the town with sheep related activities from knitting to sheep racing along a course of hurdles.

Boroughbridge, Ripley, Birstwith and other villages also host traditional agricultural shows through the year meaning there is always a great rural event just around the corner.

The agricultural shows that bring these communities together are lively and engaging and the fun often continues well into the evening. 

Be sure to give yourself time to see the spectacles of the main ring, the pride of the livestock classes, the variety of the produce and uncanny skill of the sheepdog trials.  And of course you would be remiss to not sample the local ales in the beer tent with a pie from the local butcher's stall while you’re there.

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  1. Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally

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    Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Masham

    A fabulous celebration of our heritage with over 800 glorious entries. Something for everyone, Children's entertainers, stalls, fair, cookery theatre, displays, arena entertainment and much more.

    A festive weekend that takes over the pretty market town of Masham with fun for all the family!

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jul 2018 To 16 Jul 2018
  2. Hampsthwaite Feast & Show

    Hampsthwaite Feast & Show

    Type

    Agricultural Show

    The Hampsthwaite Feast was first established by Royal Charter in 1304. The Feast and Show is a fun weekend to be enjoyed by all age groups emphasising the wonderful community spirit we have in our village.

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jul 2018 To 24 Jul 2018
  3. Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show

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    Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show

    Type

    Agricultural Show

    Boroughbridge

    The historic Aldborough and Boroughbridge Agricultural Show is celebrating its 104th anniversary this year at Newby Hall, near Ripon on Sunday 23 July. An inaugural tug of war will be staged to test the mettle of locals.

    Entry is open to all at £2 per person, with all proceeds going to...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jul 2018 To 23 Jul 2018
  4. Weeton Show

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    Weeton Show

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    As last year's show was one of our most successful ever, the challenge has been to deliver an even more fun-filled, action packed day and you won't be disappointed. At the heart of the show you will find all the usual traditions - certificates hotly contested amongst the show tents and arenas,...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Jul 2018 To 30 Jul 2018
  5. Birstwith Show

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    Birstwith Show

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    Birstwith Show is an exception to the rule with all our local shows, as it is mainly Horticultural in its theme.

    The show has kept many of its core elements since it was founded in 1867.

    The spirit of the show remains, it is a really jolly day out for visitors, exhibitors and competitors,...

    Dates

    From:
    31 Jul 2018 To 31 Jul 2018
  6. Tockwith & District Show

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    Tockwith & District Show

    Type

    Agricultural Show

    Knaresborough

    The Tockwith and District Show is a success story of a show, while only dating back to 1945 the show has gone from strength to strength and enjoyed such established success that the organisers have now purchased their own show field allowing a permanent base that will push show forward to another...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Aug 2018 To 6 Aug 2018
  7. Ripley Show

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    Ripley Show

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    With competitive events, demonstrations, competitions, country activities and trade stands, there really is something for everybody at the Ripley Show.

    The Show takes place in the shadow of Ripley Castle near Harrogate and is a traditional country show in a beautiful location. Come and visit us...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Aug 2018 To 13 Aug 2018
  8. Nidderdale Show

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    Nidderdale Show

    Type

    Show / Display

    Pateley Bridge

    Nidderdale's Big Day Out is a classic and timeless event and includes many varied events such as sheep dog trials, a dog show, show jumping, livestock classes, cookery demonstrations, trade stands and an exhibtion cricket match.

    ‘Pateley Show’, as the Nidderdale Show is affectionately known,...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Sep 2018 To 25 Sep 2018
  9. Masham Sheep Fair

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    Masham Sheep Fair

    Type

    Agricultural Show

    Masham

    Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year. 

    The popular Masham Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for Yorkshire charities, and filling the town with sheepy...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2018 To 1 Oct 2018
  10. Countryside Live

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    Countryside Live

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Visit our new look show, The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live, for a truly amazing time. TV favourites Julian Norton and Peter Wright will be the star attractions of this two day event, which will be bigger and better than ever.

    A new addition to the Create & Explore area is Channel 5's...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2018 To 22 Oct 2018

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