Great North Festival of Agriculture

Thu 30th Aug - Sun 30th Sep 2018

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, 30th August to 2nd September, which tells the story of life on the Home Front during the Second World War. Come and join us and help the war effort.

Pack up your potatoes and bring your beetroot to enter our Leek Show, 8th & 9th September. A hotly contested event that sees visitors, staff and volunteers enter their home-grown produce. Plus a grand charity auction of entries to close the event.

Our Agricultural Show, 13th to 16th 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, 22nd & 23rd September. Get hands-on with a whole host of fantastic heritage skills at The 1940s Farm and 1820s Pockerley.

The final event of the Great North Festival of Agriculture is Harvest Festival and Harvest Home on 29th & 30th September for a celebration of the safe gathering of the harvest. See wonderful displays and beautiful choir performances.


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.