There’s plenty on offer

AS one of the largest in the Coquet Valley Alwinton Show provides a fitting end to the show season in Northumberland.

With splendid views of the Coquet Valley and river it has various organised activities for visitors to either participate in or just watch.

And this year the 146th event on Saturday, October 8, is proving to be as good as ever.

The sheep show is the main attraction at Alwinton, attracting farmers from the lowlands and the Borders.

After foot and mouth, Alwinton Show has worked hard to win back sheep exhibitors. Sheep classes include Cheviots, Hill Blackface Northumberland, Blackface Northumberland, Shepherds Hill Blackface Scotch, Mules, Any Low Ground, Fat Lambs, Jacobs, Bluefaced Leicester and there is also a children’s under 16 class.

There is also an overall Sheep Show Champion, with a cup donated in memory of a friend to Alwinton Show, the late Tom Mackay.

Alongside sheep there is a host of other activities which take place throughout the day.

There will be exhibit tents with everything horticultural and industrial on show and children’s exhibits to boot as well as stick dressing.

Terrier racing, an open dog show and a collie and terrier dog show will also take place, and Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling at Alwinton is also a must-see.

People will be able to participate in the adults, children’s and women’s fell race, and for the less energetic a beer tent and food stalls will also be on offer.

Sheep dog trials and the sheep dog show starts at 9am on the day with marquees open at noon after judging.

For a full schedule list, contact Jan Hall on 01669 650270.