• Trials bikes 2, by Graham Mee
  • Trade stands, photo by Anne Winship
  • Shearing display - before and after, photo by Anne Winship
  • Flowers in car, Photo by Anne Winship
  • Brushstrokes, photo by Anne Winship
  • Art display, photo by Anne Winship
  • Millbry Hill, photo by Anne Winship
  • Bilsdale tree services, photo by Anne Winship
  • Childrens baking, photo by Anne Winship
  • Felters, photo by Anne Winship
  • Afternoon tea, photo by Anne Winship
  • Crossing safely, photo by Anne Winship
  • Grey fergie, photo by Eddie Heaviside
  • In the shade, photo by Anne Winship
  • Roots, photo by Anne Winship
  • Candlelighter setting up, photo by Anne Winship
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Bilsdale Show

Chop 'Yat'

Saturday 31st August

Thornhill Farm, Chop Gate, Bilsdale
(on the B1257 Stokesley-Helmsley Rd)

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Bilsdale show

Show report 2018

In the heart of the beautiful valley of Bilsdale, with wonderful weather, the 108th Bilsdale Agricultural Society Show took place on Saturday 25th August.

There was truly something for everyone in the record crowd, from the competitive classes of ponies, sheep, fur and feather and busy show of hounds, terriers and companion dogs.  In the general tent there was a good display of talent, from vegetables, fruit and flowers to handicrafts, baking, preserves, eggs, photography and a huge art display.  Our junior artists had also been busy with lots of entries in the childrens classes. Our new agricultural vintage hand tool class was especially well supported.

New for 2018 the craft demonstration tent was very popular, with local craft people demonstrating, woodturning, felt animal making, pottery and print / lampshade making, alongside our usual Commondale Wool Workshop display. Outside the usual trade stands were joined by Millbry Hill, who generously sponsored this years pony and dog classes.

Entertainment on the showfield included something for everyone, Elaine Hill entertained the crowd with her sheepdog and duck display, the trails bikes wowed the crowd with their daring skills, the parade of vintage cars, motorcycles and of course tractors was a sight to behold, whilst local farmers David and Catherine Sanderson demonstarted the shearing of sheep.  The pony ring hosted the Bilsdale Hunt hounds and the presidents Mr and Mrs Robin Wood judged the pony fancy dress. Down in the dog ring showing classes were followed by the ever popular terrier racing whilst across the dale dogs of a different breed could be seen competing in the hound trials.  The ringside entertainment ended with the quoits competition.

A record number of Vice-presidents sat down to an exellent luncheon provided by Roseberry Catering, during this, the Show Chairman gave the gift of a Rose Bush to Mrs Carol McGee our newest Honory Life Member and thanked her for all she had done for the show over the past 40 years.  Adding to the ambience, our very own Bilsdale Silver Band gave a rousing performance of both traditional and contempory music whilst in the bar The Old Humpy Band entertained the crowd with folk songs.

For the energetic the fell race looping up to the top of the moor was a must whilst little legs preferred the childrens sports.

A big thank you to everyone who supported us, whether by joining us on the day, competing, stewarding,  judging, parking cars, manning the gate, helping on the day or setting up and dismantling the show. All those who organised, gave financial gifts, sponsored classes, bought raffle tickets or helped in any other way. Your support is very much appreciated.

To see photos of the show go to our gallery, for full show results, click on our downloads section and then on reports.

Plans are now well underway for the 109th Bilsdale Show on Saturday 31st August 2019.





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