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.

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

Cumberland Wrestling

Northumberland Quiots

Terrier Races

Three Legs



The Rothbury Highland Pipe Band

Keeping up a long tradition, the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band are at the show every year. The band was formed in 1920 as Rothbury Kilted Pipe Band. Currenly there are 22 in number including new young pipers and drummers learning the ropes to ensure the Band will continue well into the future.

The Music Stage

Now in its fourth year at the Harbottle Show, 'The Music Stage' goes from strength to stength. Past performers being Rod Clements of Lindisfarne fame, Alistair Anderson the internationally recognized master of the English Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes and a whole host of great local performers and bands.

This year we have the a great line up for the whole afternoon including the winners the RGS Battle of the Bands Competition 2016 Alnwicky a fantastic up and coming young band.

Proceedings will be opened at noon by the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band to rally the crowds, and then the fun begins, something for everyone.

Music for the Many not the Few



A collection of a few pictures from our past shows.
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