PLANS have been unveiled for the future of one of Northumberland’s busiest attractions.
The Northumberland County Show is to move to Bywell, near Stocksfield, next year after 66 years at its old site in Corbridge.
Show chiefs say the new setting will provide 40% more space for exhibitors, events and traders, with more room to grow and evolve in future years.
Chris Chomse, Northumberland County Show chairman, said: “We have been outgrowing the old site at Tynedale Rugby Ground for several years now.
“We have wanted to expand our animal classes and encourage more exhibitors and traders and host different attractions but we simply didn’t have the space.
“With greater ground area, we can provide more trading space, extra facilities and better services for our visitors.”
The Northumberland County Show attracts some 25,000 visitors a year.
The new site, set in the grounds of Lord Allendale’s estate, has 60 acres of parking, and benefits from several access roads that will be controlled to create a free-flowing one-way system.
Animals will be transported along a special route, avoiding the public traffic, and several other measures have been introduced aimed to ease congestion. Deciding how to plan the space generated much consultation and discussion for the committee members.
Once the ground layout was finalised, an open day was held at Hexham Auction Mart’s function rooms where maps, plans and information packs given out to visitors.
More than 150 traders, caterers, service providers and the members of the public viewed the plans.
Every year tens of thousands of people flock to see the show’s cattle, sheep, horses, goats, alpacas, poultry, trade stands and entertainment on May Bank Holiday Monday.
Speaking of the decision to hold the show on his land, Lord Allendale said: “I’m a keen follower of the show, and I’m thrilled that it’s coming to Bywell. We have the infrastructure already largely in place and we can offer more space for the show to grow.
“We hope to provide a long-term home for the show and help it expand.”
Show secretary, Gaynor Scandle, said: “Although we invited everyone on our database to the open day, there may be traders who missed the event, or others who would like to know more about what the show has to offer.
“If they get in touch with the office we would be delighted to give them any information they want to know.”
Northumberland County Show’s office is at Hexham Auction Mart. They can be contacted on 01434 604216 or email email@example.com