Bellingham beats the weather for a revamp

Bellingham Show and County Festival is to return in a revamped format next Saturday

The village of Bellingham in Northumberland
The village of Bellingham in Northumberland

While many outdoor events and agricultural shows folded last year in the face of wet summers, Bellingham is continuing to go from strength to strength and has received �15,000 from the Northumberland Upland Fund.

The Fund’s Local Action Group allocates grants through the Rural Development Programme for England, jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and in this case, it has enabled a rebranding of event.

Now in its 171st year, Bellingham Show features not only a Best of Breed livestock show, but everything from terrier racing to a horse and quad bike relay race.

The main ring at the show will this year also play host to a Chariots of Fire Display team,

Other acts in what the show is calling “an exceptionally strong line of entertainers” include international theatre company, Dodgy Clutch, who will be staging a Mad Hatter’s tea party and other performances throughout the day.

Those who like their entertainment a bit louder, however, will be drawn to the Village Green, with its beer tents and live music, featuring many bands and singers such as local favourites The Gatecrashers and American Girl.

Bobby Donald, an acoustic guitarist and singer will likewise be entertaining visitors at the Vintage Tea Party Marquee.

People wishing to work up an appetite for the food stalls in the bustling craft and food market, meanwhile, will head to the Old Battle Field to sample the climbing wall, laser clay shooting, Cumberland wrestling and the tug of war, which is open to all.

An archery challenge will also take place visitors will likewise get the chance to test their skills against the ultimate professionals, the Army, the Youth Fire Service, the police and Roman Army re-enactors.

On top of this, there a fairground, rides in the miniature pony cart, and the potential for close encounters with alpacas, lambs, ferrets, owls and birds of prey.

The event will also include a family dog show, duck herding, a parade of vintage cars and of course tables and tents covered with world class jam, cakes, flowers, jumpers, dressed sticks and monster marrows.

The show, which is located 45 minutes from the heart of Newcastle by car, will feature extensive free parking.

Organisers are hoping it will prove the perfect family outing to round off the summer holiday in one of the most beautiful locations in the Northumberland National Park.

“This is just the preliminary line-up,” said organiser Rachel Pearson.

“More attractions and entertainment will continue to be announced so just check our Facebook page on https:// , Twitter on or or website regularly for updates.

“We’d love to hear from young musicians, entertainers or bands who want a pitch on the Village Green, and there are even a few pitches for merchants and exhibitors.

“Anyone interested can call 07734 294 831 or email”

We’d love to hear from musicians, entertainers or bands who want a pitch on the Village Green


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