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With more than 300 trade stands, main arena events and nationally renowned agricultural and equine sections, the Northumberland County Show, held at Bywell near Stocksfield on 25th May is the highlight of the agricultural year in the region and a major annual attraction that draws over 30,000 visitors from across the country.

Agriculture is at the heart of the Northumberland County Show and it is a traditional social gathering of farmers from across the region, enjoying a well earned day off between the lambing season and the start of harvest.

Farm animals come in all shapes and sizes, with cows, sheep and alpacas all present in big numbers at the show. The goats and pigs are great characters, and the rabbit and Guinea Pig marquee is always popular. In the equine rings glamour and elegance are combined with extraordinary skill as immaculately turned out riders undertake the challenging working hunter course or tackle the huge 1.3m high show jumps. Nearby, the stately heavy horses will be groomed to a high shine, matching the sparkle of their decorated harnesses and gleaming drays.

so whats on this year?

We have some amazing attractions at the show this year including ‘Free Spirit’ in the main arena, Dawn of Chivalry, Blue the Dinosaur, Critters & Co, The Rock Choir, Studio K dance, Bike3Sixty, Vintage Tractor Display, The Biking Vikings, Pony Club Games and Giant Tortoises. 

New areas –  Military Area and Countryside & Forestry area.

 

Free Spirit

In our main arena we are having a display by Jonathon Marshall and the beautiful Friesian stallion 'Amadeus' and falcons!
Kindly sponsored by Wannop Ltd
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Dawn of chivalry

Dawn of Chivalry is an Incorporated Limited Company that recreates a realistic and fun to watch travelling knights tournament of the 13th century.
Kindly sponsored by Get Dressed for Battle
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Blue

Come and meet Blue the huge velociraptor and watch her 20 minute show, learning all about dinosaurs, have a photo and even get to meet her babies around the show field
Kindly Sponsored by Aspin Aesthetics
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Giant Aldabra Tortoises

They love visitors to give them fuss and attention and are very friendly and interactive. Education and raising awareness about Giant tortoises is important as they are vulnerable to extinction.
Kindly sponsored by Egger
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Vintage Tractor Parade

Enjoy the old and new, Traditional versus Modern, machinery at its best. These tractors have worked through the years and have such an important role to play in farming and the countryside.
Kindly sponsored by
Ryecroft Glenton
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C&W
Wrestling

Watch the experts fresh from the Championships. Great classes for all ages for you to "have a go" at with prize money paid to 8th place. Classes for adults and children, great fun to take part in.
Kindly sponsored by AW Blake
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Forestry & countryside area

A new area on the show field celebrating the organisations in the countryside from conservation to waste control, policing and rural crime, Forestry England & much more. New for 2024 - Chainsaw Competition and Gruffalo Trail
Kindly sponsored by Forestry England
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The biking vikings

A fantastic group of drummers with a Northumbrian Pipe Playing, Stilt walker. Raising vital funds for Brain Tumour Research and great entertainers for all the family
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Pony club challenge

This action packed relay, on mirrored courses, will keep you all on the edge of your seats while young riders race round the obstacles
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The rock choir & Studio k Dance

We are so pleased to announce that The Rock Choir will be performing on our Show stage as well as some fantastic local talented dancers from Studio K.
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Bands at the Show

We love to have live music at the show with Tyne Valley Big Band, Prudhoe Community and Whittonstall Community Bands.
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3Sixty bike display team

Professional BMX bike display with stunts and jumps. With 4 x 30minute displays in the Castle Area, catch them throughout the day!
Sponsored by Twelfth City Cyclery



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fun dog show

Our fun dog show is kindly organised by Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter. With fun classes for your favourite furry friend, have a go on show day and see if you become a winner.
Kindly sponsored by
Pattinson Estate Agency
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Pipes
and Drums

The Tyne Electrical Engineers pipes & drums band dates back to 1902. At present the band is made up of both service and non-service personnel. They will be playing in the Military Area & Castle entrance
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Taste of the North Food Marquee

The best of local produce to sip and sample, walk away with lots of culinary delights. Fresh meats, preserves and cakes, rum and whisky from all around the north east.
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What to Wear/Bring

The Northumberland County Show is an outdoor event and whilst at this time of year we are expecting a glorious sunny day, we would recommend that you bring some sort of waterproof or umbrella and maybe a warm jumper or hoodie. A lot of the events run into the evening and if you are planning you stay you may find the temperature drops a little.

The terrain of the show ground can be quite uneven in places so we would recommend wearing suitable footwear as if going for a walk in the country. Even if it isn’t raining, we would recommend trainers, wellies or sturdy boots. You will be walking on grass for the duration of the day so please leave your stilettos at home!

For people of limited mobility the rough terrain can become slippery and uneven, the show field is very spread out and a lot of walking is required. The show does not have any ‘mobility’ scooter facilities and we are happy for you bring you own.

Please note: the show field can get very congested at times.

Been going to the Northumberland county show for about 8 years now. Great day out for all the family get your tickets now. Don't forget to visit the main arena lots going on and check timetable for main event.

The show has been at bywell for a few years now loving the location ample parking available and the traffic has improved loads over the years.

ACCESSIBILITY - what are the facilities like?

The show has been working hard to improve signage and train our volunteers. We are working towards being Dementia Friendly and have joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Trust. 

We know that sometimes the show can be busy and overwhelming so we have installed a ‘quiet area’ which will be kindly supported by Nikki from Noo Noos Sensory Scene. This will be situated next to the Children’s change/feeding tent and the Giant Tortoises.

We are all here to help you have a wonderful day.

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The Toilets

We have over 200 toilets available on show day. Some in the main car parks and also just inside the two main entrances.

Most are the familiar portable loos’ but we also have two trailer units with flushing toilets and running water facilities.

To save queuing for our male visitors we have men’s urinals on site in most locations.

If you are a member you will have the use of our executive trailer facilities, it’s worth considering upgrading for the day for only £10 at the secretary’s office.

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baby changing & feeding

We have plenty to offer our younger visitors! 

You can find our toddler area and baby changing & feeding facilities, behind the entrance to the member’s marquee in the Children’s Area

We have baby changing mats, hygiene bins, seating for tired parents with toys for toddlers.

Disabled Facilities

At all toilet areas, indicated on show field map (available on show day) there will be a disabled ‘portaloo’ toilet facility.

For disabled changing facilities, please speak to us at the main Event Office, we can direct you to the disabled change facility provided by Vehicles for Change who operate the RevoLOOtion service.

For people of limited mobility the rough terrain can become slippery and uneven, the show field is very spread out and a lot of walking is required. The show does not have any ‘mobility’ scooter facilities and we are happy for you bring you own.

Please note: the show field can get very congested at times.

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carergiver refund

We are happy to offer a refund to Companions & Caregivers.

Carers must pay full price at the entrance gate then take this to the Event Office with proof of ID – this can be a blue badge, access card, DLA letter, PIP, Attendance or Carer’s Allowance letter and Certificate of Visual Impairment. A  ‘Companion Refund Request Form’ will need to be completed and the carer will receive the refund of their ticket.

Please note: the person they are caring for does not get a refund.

Please be kind to our volunteers.

here's the faq's

Tynedale Agricultural Society was resurrected out of the Tyneside Agricultural Society, which began in the early 1800’s. Tynedale Agricultural Society began in 1982 on the same site as the previous show had been since 1948, Tynedale Park at Corbridge.

There are two information points around the show ground staffed by volunteers from local churches and charities.   Buy your Show Catalogues, show Guide and Map with Timetable here, find out what’s on, get directions or ask for help and our wonderful volunteers will happily assist you.

Yes we have over 25 catering vehicles selling a wide range to suit all.  We also have a fantastic Street Food Area next to the vintage tractor area, any Information point can direct you there.

The terrain of the show ground can be quite uneven in places so we would recommend wearing suitable footwear as if going for a walk in the country. Even if it isn’t raining, we would recommend trainers, wellies or sturdy boots. You will be walking on grass for the duration of the day so please leave your stilettos at home!

The Northumberland County Show always welcomes well behaved dogs – do keep them on a lead please.

Don’t forget your poo bags and dispose of waste.

We have dog watering bowls around the show field outside the main marquees, information points and in the dog show, gun dog scurry arenas and other locations.

However, please come prepared with water, especially on a hot day, in case your dog companion becomes thirsty and needs a drink on the show field.

Please note: for the safety of the public, the show field animals and your dogs themselves : 
ALL DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A SHORT LEAD – no dogs will be allowed in any livestock marquee.
NO DOGS ARE TO BE LEFT IN CARS – regular checks will be made to ensure the welfare of your pets.

PARKING IS FREE – AND WE’VE HAD NO QUEUES TO GET INTO THE SHOW SINCE 2015

There are over 10,000 car park spaces available, to the north and east of the showground, and on the south side of Bywell Bridge, just follow Yellow Show signs showing the blue letter P in the square for public parking, to get to the show.

Our ‘quick exit’ car park is near Stocksfield, on the left hand side only 1/4 mile from Stocksfield, and only an 8 minute walk from the showground.  This is the quickest car park to exit from throughout the day.


Blue badge holders will be directed to their area on arrival at the show ground and should have their badges displayed on approach to the shwoground..

Members’ Car Park spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed after 11am.  To benefit from this advanced parking become a member and get great forward parking and easy acess to our members marquee and posh loos, well worth it, and you’re supporting Tynedale Agricultural society with their charitable aims too.

(Please note the red, green and blue circles, on the yellow road signs, are for exhibitors, not the public.) 

We are happy to offer a refund to Carers. Carers must pay full price at the entrance gate then take this to the secretary’s office with proof of them being a carer and complete a ‘Carers Refund Request Form’. From there, the carer will receive the refund of their ticket.

Please note: the person they are caring for does not get a refund.

We welcome every visitor equally regardless of their physical, sensory or mental capacity. We are however, honest about our rural location and the limitation that this can impose.

We aim to provide a quality service within these limitations and continually strive to improve so that as many people as possible can enjoy our one day show.

To view our access statement please click here.

While every care is taken to accommodate people with disabilities visitors must be aware that the Show is held on agricultural land used for rural activities which is uneven, has slopes and can be slippery when wet. Tynedale Agricultural Society is unable to support visitors in travelling around the show ground but is happy to welcome them and their carers. Toilet facilities are provided for disabled visitors throughout the site and these are sited on the most level ground available.

Have your blue badge on display and you will be directed to the blue badge parking area next to the main entrance.

Yes you can bring a picnic, we have several areas with seating next to our food courts and some quite shaded areas under trees you’re welcome to use.

Yes will will again have a bank with a cash machine facility in 2023.  This is situated by the Main Entrance Gate next to our Food Marquee.

We have several marquees on site where you can enjoy Shopping, Tastes of the North our wonderful food marquee, Creative North, Great Northumberland and Marquees for Cattle, Alpacas, Goats, Pigs, Rabbits and Cavies, Poultry and three Bars with marquees.

The show has a strickly ‘no smoking on site at all’ policy due to the amount of marquees and our fire risk assessment plan.  No vaping in any marquees or crowded area please.

health & safety

Security

The show ground is a secure, safe place and we are lucky to have the support of Northumbria Police, a Northumberland Fire and Rescue Appliance, Paramedics and vets with us for the day.

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Our huge team of volunteers are vigilant and trained to look out for any  security or health and safety concerns. If you notice anything suspicious, have had an accident / incident or ‘near miss’, or have any concerns regarding health and safety, please report this to a police office, volunteer or come and see us at the secretaries office.

Please report any accidents to the secretary’s office on the show field, our information points can show you how to get there.

No smoking on site at all – this helps us comply with our fire risk assessment.

For disabled changing facilities, please speak to us at the Secretary’s Office.  At present, there is no designated disabled viewing area.

First Aid

On site we will have fully trained first aiders and a medical team which be based next to the Secretary’s Office with Ambulance and paramedic.

We will have a First Aider in each of the Sections with vets in the equine, livestock and cattle areas.

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