The show is held in "The Oak Field" at Harbottle. A magnificent setting, the site is a natural amphitheatre below the fells of the ancient Drakestone and overseen be ruins of Harbottle Castle.

According to the Schedule for the show held on Saturday 8th October, 1932, it was "The Seventieth Annual Show". That suggests that the first Show was held about 1862. It may have been 1859 as the Show probably wasn't held during WW1.

Over the years the Show has kept with tradition, with activities such as the Cumberland Wrestling, Terrier racing and Northumberland Quoits competitions, now we also have entertainments, childrens games, Have a go Archery, a Car Boot sale, Music and much more.

Falconry Days

In the main areana this year we are delighted to welcome a wonderdful display of expert falconry from Mark Frazer French of Falconry Days. They are a professional falconry business that trains and flies around 70 Birds of Prey. They have fully trained, working Birds of Prey which are managed and flown in rotation on a daily basis, both on and off site at country shows, schools, hotels, weddings... in fact everywhere! High flying, fast stooping Peregrine Falcons, diving inches above heads and thrilling the audience is the main theme of their displays, backed up with Eagles, Vultures, Hawks, Kites, Buzzards & Owls.

Falconry Days Northumberland

The Music Stage

The Tillering Tree: We start the day with our very own local folk trio The Tillering Tree bringing an eclectic mix of tunes from across Europe.

Ian Stephenson: We are very proud to present the wonderful Ian Stephenson. Ian is a highly regarded professional musician and composer known for his playing in bands such as Kan, Baltic Crossing and 422. A past BBC Young Folk Award winner, Ian has since played on nearly 100 albums as well as working on many others as producer or composer/arranger.

VoiceMale: Those men of legend known as VoiceMale. One of Northumberland's Premier Male Folk Choirs based in Morpeth and led by director Jon Doran. They were formed over 20 years ago by the well known folk legend Sandra Kerr.

The Breeze: A bit of local rock wizardy with The Breeze. Featuring songs from Bowie to the Stones and beyond.

Andrew Charleton: And finally the Coquetdale Blues legend himself the very one and only Andrew Charleton.

1pm -- The Tillering Tree

1:30pm -- Ian Stephenson and Friends

2pm -- VoiceMale

2:30pm -- The Breeze

3pm -- Andrew Charleton

The Music Stage is directed by Malcolm Burke with sound by John Heward.
Times are approximate and subject to change.

Andrew Charleton

The Exhibition Tent

Keeping up the long tradition of village shows across England, the folk of Harbottle bring in their produce and craft work to compete and display in the Exhibition Tent all with the hope of a First and the Red Rosette.

So come along early and enter anything from your prized Gladioli, you best Jam or even a Giant Leek. The 2023 schedule can be found here Show Schedule 2023. And if baking is your thing then why not try your hand at class 106 the Singing Hinny made to a set recipe. (click here for a copy).


Old Games. New Games. Serious fun for all the family.

Cumberland Wrestling

Northumberland Quiots

Terrier Races

Three Legs



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