Agricultural Show Fun

September 14th 2016

We’re almost ready for our brilliant Agricultural Show this weekend! 

Bird of prey at Beamish Agricultural Show

Starting tomorrow and running until Sunday, 18th September, the event is part of our month-long Festival of Agriculture.

Activities include incredible eagle and birds of prey flying demonstrations, have a go at archery (11am-4pm), learn about beekeeping, browse the stalls for a tasty treat and not forgetting the show’s Industry Classes! Will your shortbread shine, can your marmalade be matched and will judges cheer for your chutney?

There are a range of classes to choose from including patchwork quilt and hand carving in arts and crafts, ginger wine and elderberry cordial in beverages and cheese scones and stotties in baking. Entry is free and certificates and rosettes are up for grabs. Click here to download an entry form and find out more information.

Paul Foster, Events Officer, said: “Our Agricultural Show continues to grow each year, there are some amazing demonstrations and activities to enjoy. Keep an eye out for the entry forms for our classes, will you take first prize in a category?”

Local experts will judge all the classes and prize-winning entries will be displayed throughout the event.

With the owner’s permission baking, preserves and beverages will be auctioned on 18th September for the Agricultural Show.

While there’s lots of fun to be had at the Festival of Agriculture, it’s all for a great cause too. Debra Calder, Rural Life Supervisor and in charge of the industry section at the festival, explained: “Last year we raised £333 for Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs to children who have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

“This year we are raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and we would really love to hit that £400 mark.”

The Great North Festival of Agriculture celebrates the agricultural and rural heritage of the North East of England.


The festival kicked off with Dig for Victory (1st – 4th September) and was focused in and around our 1940s Farm. The event told the story of life on the Home Front and the vital support the countryside played during the World War.

The Leek Show followed on 10th and 11th September, which saw home-grown vegetables and flowers battle it out in an attempt to take first prize. Then we have the four-day Agricultural Show, followed by Hands-on Heritage Skills on 24th and 25th September and our last event of the festival is the Harvest Festival and Harvest Home on 1st and 2nd October.

For more information please visit the What’s On section of our website: