Entries up for Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show

Competitors preparing for judging at last year's Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show. (100718hAM)
Competitors preparing for judging at last year's Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show. (100718hAM)

THE ever-popular Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show is set to take place and once again promises a wide-range of attractions with entries up on last year.

Now in its 98th year, the event will be held at Pump Field on Skelton Road in Langthorpe on Sunday, July 24, and will be officially opened by Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones, at 10.15am.

He said: “As the MP for Boroughbridge and Aldborough I know just how important the show is for the community.

“I’ve been to the show many times now and was there last year as one of my first engagements as the area’s new MP.  

“I am very much looking forward to the 98th annual show this year. It is a showcase for local produce and husbandry bringing together a wonderful community atmosphere with an outstanding traditional country show.”

The show will feature horse entries from as far afield as Gretna Green and London, donkeys, cattle, a sheep show, dog classes, private driving classes, hounds, reindeer and llamas.

There will also be classes for children, novice gardners, artwork, handicrafts, floral art, photography, eggs, jam, bread, pastry and baking, vegetables, flowers, plants, wheat, barley, beans, oilseed rape, and bales of hay.

Other attrations include a vintage tractor and car display plus more than 35 trade stands and 20 craft stalls offering opportunities for shopping and information about renewable energy.

There will also be go-karting, trampolining, paintballing, a bouncy castle and slide, plus displays of big tractors and other modern farm equipment.

Representatives from Boroughbridge Young Farmers will also be on hand publicising their forthcoming programme of activities and welcoming potential new members.

Refreshments around the showground will include hot and cold locally-produced food, a bar, cups of tea and cake from the WI, speciality coffees, bacon sandwiches, hog roasts and fish and chips.

Hill farmer and industry commentator Mike Keeble will be providing main ring commentary throughout the day keeping vistors informed of proceedings from across the showground.

This year, organisers have introduced a free hourly bus service to transport visitors back and forth from the showground.

The first bus sets off from the White Swan in Minskip at 10am, stopping at Springfield Garth, Aldborough Village Hall, the Black Bull in Boroughbridge and making a final stop at 22 minutes past the hour at the Fox and Hounds in Langthorpe before arriving at Pump Field. The final bus to the showground leaves at 3pm.

The return bus leaves hourly from Pump Field, between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Admission to the showground is adults £6, concessions £5, five- to 16-year-olds £1, under-fives free.

• For more information about the show and the bus timetable, visit the website