With the summer season in full swing and Covid restrictions now behind us, the North East is gearing up for a packed schedule of country shows this year.

The events give the region’s farmers the chance to show off their finest livestock, while the many produce and craft stalls, sheepdog displays and equestrian classes are always a hit with visitors.

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Due to last year’s ongoing uncertainty around Covid restrictions on large gatherings, some of the region’s shows were cancelled.

But they are returning with gusto this year and the committee of the Bilsdale Agricultural Show in the North York Moors are among the many delighted to be back.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Showjumping at Wolsingham Show Picture: Sarah CaldecottShowjumping at Wolsingham Show Picture: Sarah Caldecott

Chairman Peter Smith, who will oversee this year’s 110th Bilsdale Show on August 27, said: “We’re really excited to finally be holding another show after a two-year break.

“We have a fantastic committee who are working really hard to put together another ‘great little traditional show’.

“For 2022 we have all the usual classes to enter – from sheep and horses to handicrafts and children’s sections.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Admiring the machinery on display at Reeth Show Picture: Sarah CaldecottAdmiring the machinery on display at Reeth Show Picture: Sarah Caldecott

“We also have some old favourites coming back to exhibit, including Bilsdale Hunt Hounds and Ampleforth Beagles, and some new attractions such as a sheep agility competition and also a dog agility display by Perfect Paws Agility.”

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Another new feature for Bilsdale this year is a fell race licenced by the FRA and a shorter fun run, both organised with the Let’s Run shop in Stokesley.

Other attractions include birds of prey, a vintage vehicles parade, Bilsdale Silver Band and sheep shearing demonstrations.

Darlington and Stockton Times: A dog enjoying the agility class at Hurworth Country Fair Picture: Sarah CaldecottA dog enjoying the agility class at Hurworth Country Fair Picture: Sarah Caldecott

Bilsdale, which opens to the public at 9am, is one of scores of shows taking place across our region this summer and here is a handy guide to when and where they are happening.

Ryedale Show - Tuesday July 26

Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside

Borrowby Show - Saturday, July 30

Hillside Rural Activities Park, Oaktree Bank South, Knayton, Thirsk

Osmotherley Show -  Saturday, August 6

Home Farm, Thimbleby, near Northallerton

Danby Agricultural Show - Wednesday August 10

Between Danby and Castelton, YO21 2NQ

Sedgefield Show - Saturday August 13

Robert Brown Showfield, West Park, Sedgefield

Egton Horse and Agricultural Show - Wednesday August 24

Egton, North York Moors, YO21 1TZ

Wensleydale Show - Saturday August 27

Leyburn Showground, Middleham, Wensleydale

Weardale Show - Saturday August 27

St John's Chapel, Bishop Auckland

Reeth and District Agricultural Show - Monday August 29

Reeth, Swaledale

Farndale Show - Monday August 29

Mackeridge Lane, North York Moors National Park

Wolsingham Show - Saturday and Sunday September 3 and 4

Scotch Isle Park, Durham Road, Wolsingham

Muker Show - Wednesday September 7

Muker, Upper Swaledale

Bowes Show - Saturday September 10

Home Farm, Gilmonby, Bowes

Stanhope Show Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11

Unthank Park, Stanhope

North Yorkshire County Show - Sunday September 11

Otterington Hall, South Otterington, Northallerton

Stokesley Show - Saturday September 17

Stokesley Showground

Hurworth Country Fair - Saturday September 17

Grange Avenue, Darlington


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