New field but same old fun at fair

A new home, a packed programme of events and a unique international egg-throwing contest – this year’s Simonside Country Fair is shaping up to be a memorable one.

Sunday’s show takes place at an alternative field, following drainage and access problems with the previous site.

The new plot – across the burn, adjacent to the The Gate public house on the B6342 south of Rothbury – is level, drains well, offers safer access and provides extra space for activities and parking.

There will be several new attractions this year, including a car boot sale from 9am, an open mic music event throughout the afternoon and a vintage tractor and vehicle parade mid-afternoon.

There will be prizes and trophies to be won at the annual sheep show.

The programme also features dog agility and bird of prey displays, children’s races and rides, competitions for pet dogs and the fell run.

Exhibits will be on show in the industrial tent, there will be local trade and charity stalls, a stick-dressing competition, Cumberland wrestling; Highland dancing and more.

The day closes at around 4.30pm with terrier racing.

Admission is by donation, with money given to charities and good causes in the Coquetdale area.

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