Great North Festival of Agriculture

Thu 31st Aug - Sun 1st Oct

The Great North Festival of Agriculture is a month-long celebration of the region’s rural heritage. Featuring everything from vehicles and vegetables to harvest celebrations and heritage skills, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all the family.

The festival kicks off with Dig for Victory, 31st August to 3rd September, which tells the story of life on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Competition will be rife for the Leek Show, 9th & 10th September, followed by the Agricultural Show, 14th to 17th September, featuring incredible birds of prey demonstrations, brass band performances and a chance to meet pit ponies, horses and guinea pigs. Why not enter your out-of-this-world onions or impressive patchwork into the shows? Certificates and rosettes are up for grabs!

ag show

Come and have a go at some traditional skills at our Hands-on Heritage Skills event, which runs on 23rd & 24th September, and see the wonderful displays and beautiful choir performances on 30th September and 1st October for Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, the last event of the Great North Festival of Agriculture.

What’s more, as with all daytime events, there is no extra charge for the Festival. Daytime admission is included in the regular museum entry charge and it’s free for Unlimited Pass holders.