Ready for the big show

The Glendale Show, held just outside Wooler every August Bank Holiday Monday, is not just the largest rural showcase in north Northumberland, it is also the area’s largest annual event.

This year, the 119th Agricultural Show on August 29 offers a huge choice and variety of exhibits, attractions and entertainment for all the family.

Exhibitors come from far and wide to enter the livestock, equine, horticultural and industrial classes, and the popular dog show, all of which are enjoyed by the thousands of spectators.

With the backdrop of the Cheviots and access directly from the A697, the show provides a stunningly picturesque and fun day out for people of all ages. Dogs are welcome and their owners can enter them in the Companion Dog Show on the day with entries taken from 11am onwards.

And while the Glendale Show may have taken place for more than 100 years, it is very much of the 21st century.

It attracts 15,000 visitors and over 200 stands – it’s a true rural showcase.

There are dozens of horse and pony classes, sheep, cattle and dairy goat classes, horticultural and industrial classes.

The Horticultural and Industrial section is always one of the highlights of the show, and in recent years, the society is delighted that it is seeing more and more new competitors showing their produce, baking and handicrafts.

Traditional methods are judged alongside more modern methods, for example, there are homemade bread loaf classes and machine-made bread loaf classes, and this year the speciality baking class is truly cosmopolitan, with a beetroot and chocolate cake class.

As education is at the heart of the society’s work, for the first time there will be a food education area with something for everyone in the family, including a dedicated children’s education area following on from its success at this year’s Children’s Countryside Day.

Throughout the day there is entertainment from local bands, food tastings and shopping opportunities.

The Glendale Show receives a huge amount of financial support from individuals and local businesses.

This year’s main show sponsors are National Grid, COSTCO, Northumberland National Park, Lazy Grace and Civiltech. As one would expect of such a forward-thinking body, modern technology is increasingly used. Classes for the show can be found online via the Society’s website, and people can be kept fully up to date with the happenings via their Facebook and Twitter Pages.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Glendale Agricultural Society, finding out more about their work or wishing to enter any classes should telephone 01668 283868 or visit

Tickets are available to purchase online in advance at a 10 per cent discount at, and at tourist information vendors throughout Northumberland, and of course on the gate on August 29.