A TRADITIONAL country show returns this weekend – with organisers looking forward to a fun, affordable event for all the family.

The 151st Weardale Show will be held on the showfield at St John’s Chapel, on Saturday, August 28.

There will be classes for horses, cattle, dogs, horticulture and floral art, produce and handicraft and though there will be no sheep contest this year breeders will still show their livestock. For children there will be free classes including pets, cuddly toys and running events and entertainment. The junior and adult bale stacking contests, tug o war and stone walling provide competition and entertainment. Other entertainment will feature music from Stanhope Silver Band, Elaine Hill’s sheepdog display, a car cutter display, Peter Leadbeater chainsaw carving, cookery demonstrations and motorbike and tractor displays.

Committee members pride themselves on organising a traditional agricultural show which attracts people from Weardale and Teesdale and further afield, including from the coast, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Secretary Joan Warriner said: “We very much try to maintain our traditions, it is a lovely friendly event which brings people together. Often generations of the same family have been coming, it will be especially nice to get together this year after being cancelled due to Covid last time. It is the kind of show where people enjoy the traditional agricultural classes, trade stands and exhibits, a bit of friendly competition and affordable entertainment and can relax on a bale with a coffee, pint or ice cream.”

Exhibitors can enter the field at 8am and public entry is from 9am. Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for children, on the gate, and free parking is available on the recreation ground nearby.