It’s showtime for communities

Warkworth Show 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman
Warkworth Show 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman

Show season is continuing across Northumberland – and two top events are lined up this weekend.

Warkworth and Whittingham will both hold their annual events on Saturday.

Hundreds of entries are expected for the competitions at Warkworth, with horticulture, craft, cookery and children’s sections.

There is a fancy dress contest for pre-school and first school children, with a grand parade at 3pm. To enter parents and guardians should register at the secretary’s tent from 2pm.

There will also be displays of circus skills, Northumbrian pipers, a fencing workshop, climbing wall, mini-beasts and craft and trade stalls, as well as story-telling, classic cars and performances by Alnwick Playhouse Band.

For family pets there are terrier races, open to all breeds, and competitions, while the traditional WI refreshment tent returns.

The 2.5km Fun Run, at 1pm, is always a highlight.

Spokesman Derek Conway said: “We like to think this is the friendliest show in


“Whether wandering around on your own or visiting with a family, we have something for everyone.

“It is an enormous effort by village volunteers, who give so generously of their time to get everything ready.”

The show takes place at Warkworth Castle, from 10am to 4.30pm.

A traditional country show that has been at the heart of its rural community for more than three centuries takes place in Whittingham.

With competitions for livestock and produce, it attracts hundreds of visitors from across the region.

The fun starts at 12.30pm with local farmers proudly showing off their sheep, closely followed by the Mordor Gundog Display team from Perthshire.

The Main Exhibition Marquee opens at 1.30pm, and will be packed with flowers, vegetables, baking, jam, floral art, handicrafts and photographs – all grown and prepared by local people.

At 1.45pm the ever-popular Dog Rally gets under way, with a variety of competitions, from the best gundog and puppy to the dog with the waggiest tail. Register on the day.

Other activities include the children’s Anything Magical fancy dress competition, and a children’s marquee.

Show chairman Marian Charleton said: “We are making every effort to maintain the tradition of our village show so come along and join in the fun. There will be something for everyone.”

Admission is £5 for adults, free for children.