About

The show is held in "The Oak Field" at Harbottle. A magnificent setting, the site is a natural amphitheatre below the fells of the ancient Drakestone and overseen be ruins of Harbottle Castle.

According to the Schedule for the show held on Saturday 8th October, 1932, it was "The Seventieth Annual Show". That suggests that the first Show was held about 1862. It may have been 1859 as the Show probably wasn't held during WW1.

Over the years the Show has kept with tradition, with activities such as the Cumberland Wrestling, Terrier racing and Northumberland Quoits competitions, now we also have entertainments, childrens games, Have a go Archery, a Car Boot sale, Music and much more. In particular this year we have an exhibition about the Harbottle Castle and displays of old crafts such as Spinning, Basketry and Pole Lathe demonstrations.

If you have any items, photographs, or personal memories of historical importance to the Show please contact the secretary via the contacts form below.

Falconry Days

A great success last year and back to give you all another chance to get up close to these wonderful birds of prey the The Falconry Days Northumberland team will be putting on displays throughout the day.

Falconry Days Northumberland

The Music Stage

Now in its fifth year at the Harbottle Show, 'The Music Stage' goes from strength to stength and we have been working hard to bring a fantastic range of performers to the 2018 show. In the past we have been privileged to host Rod Clements of Lindisfarne fame and Alistair Anderson the internationally recognized master of the English Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes and a whole host of great local performers and bands.

This year Rod Clements is back with us, this time accompanied by Ian Thomson also of Lindisfarne. Indeed we can now claim that we have a third of the Lindisfarne line up. Rod and Ian have been on tour together recently and the combination of Rod on Violin, Slide Guitar, Mandolin, and Vocals and Ian on Double Bass makes for a truly wonderful musical experiance.

Our programme kicks off this year at 12:30pm:

The Amble Sword Dancers

Alnwicky

ThreeScore with Valerie Fairless

Tom O'Donnell

Rod Clements and Ian Tompson

Country Blue

Music for the Many not the Few

Rod Clements and Ian Thomson

The Amble Sword Dancers

Very welcome visitors to the show this year will be The Amble Sword Dancers.

Amble had a Rapper Sword Dance tradition dancing out around the streets of the town over Christmas and New Year, but this died out in the 1930s. The actual swords last used in Amble were apparently made from machine saw blades with handles made from clothes pegs and were probably made in the maintenance shops in Broomhill pit or at The Drift where one of them worked.

Now revived and going from strength to strength with appearances all over Northumberland their spirited music and dance will be kicking off the entertainment at the Music Stage this year.

The Amble Sword Dancers

The Exhibition Tent

Keeping up the long tradition of village shows across England, the folk of Harbottle bring in their produce and craft work to compete and display in the Exhibition Tent all with the hope of a First and the Red Rosette.

So come along early and enter anything from your prized Gladioli, you best Jam or even a Giant Leek. This years schedule will be available shortly but in the mean time you can take a look at the full list of last years competitiion classes in the Show Schedule 2017. And if baking is your thing then why not try your hand at class 57 the Singing Hinny made to a set recipe. (click here for a copy).

Games

Old Games. New Games. Serious fun for all the family.

Cumberland Wrestling

Northumberland Quiots

Terrier Races

Three Legs

Sacks

Eggs

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