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. In particular this year we have an exhibition about the Harbottle Castle and displays of old crafts such as Spinning, Basketry and Pole Lathe demonstrations.

If you have any items, photographs, or personal memories of historical importance to the Show please contact the secretary via the contacts form below.

Sealpin Gundogs

In 2019 we had a demonstration provided by Joe Hipwell of Sealpin Gundogs. Joe trains and displays Springer and Cocker Spaniels and Labradors, and has recently displayed at the Royal Highland Show and Scottish Game Fair. Joe performed two demonstrations, after which he was available to talk to any dog owners who would like advice or further training.

Sealpin GundogsFalconry Days Northumberland

The Music Stage

In its sixth year at the Harbottle Show, 'The Music Stage' went from strength to strength bringing a fantastic range of performers to the 2019 show.

Starting off our wonderful day of great music was Country Blue, a fantastic local duo guaranteed to get us all in the swing.

Next up we had a choice selection of popular classics from new local band ‘The Drake Stone Project’.

On their first ever visit to the show and bringing us a taste of Caribbean sunshine was the CCC Steelband.

Next up was 'The Marianne Newstead Feel Good Blues Band'. Marianne's band is a collective of esteemed musicians all influenced heavily by blues and jazz sounds.Soulful vocals, funky keyboards, slinky clarinet, and melodic double bass. Songs to lift your spirits.

And to finish a fantastic day of great music we had the wonderful Hannah Lamb.  Hannah Lamb is a northern singer/songwriter who sings about personal love, loss and life. Throughout the course of her musical career, Hannah has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life.

So get yourself down to the show next year and relax in the sun to a great afternoon’s entertainment


Our 2019 programme was:

12:30 -- Country Blue

13:00 -- The Drake Stone Project

13:30 -- The CCC Steelband

14:00 -- The Marianne Newstead Feel Good Blues Band

15:30 -- Hannah Lamb

Picture by Amber Brown Photography

Timings are approximate and subject to change.

Hannah Lamb - Picture by Amber Lee Brown www.amberbrownphoto.com

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 2019 schedule can be found here Show Schedule 2019. And if baking is your thing then why not try your hand at class 62 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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