Etal village show will be a great day for all the family

Emily Douglas won the Best Bakery Exhibit at Etal Show with her four Angel Cakes at the 2011 Etal Show
Emily Douglas won the Best Bakery Exhibit at Etal Show with her four Angel Cakes at the 2011 Etal Show

This traditional Etal village show is shaping up to be a very special event this year, and a great afternoon out for all the family.

The popular 76th open exhibition event will take place on Sunday, September 2 from 1pm.

The traditional and much loved competitive exhibition of flowers, vegetables, handicrafts and artwork within the marquee will again provide the central attraction for visitors.

Many of the beautiful flowers and other produce are donated by generous exhibitors to the auction that takes place at the end of the afternoon (at around 4.30pm) when there are some wonderful bargains to be had.

Outside the marquee there will be music, provided by Wooler’s ever popular steel pans band Steel Quake, a wide range of craft and charity stalls, children’s carousel and bouncy castle, and refreshment available at the tea tent, ice cream van or beer tent.

The hugely enjoyable Companion Dog Show, with both obedience and “fun” classes, is open to all and entries can be made on the day from 12.30p.m.

The traditional quoits competition will also take place, and vintage agricultural vehicles will be on display.

Anyone can try their hand at archery, courtesy of Kirknewton Archers, or prove their muscle on the “try your strength” machine.

In addition to all of this, the show will also have a special historical flavour this year, with the exciting prospect of a live skirmish re-enactment on the field, led by the Flodden and 16th Century Living History group.

These soldiers and their supporters will have an encampment set up within the walled garden next to the showfield, where visitors can see authentic 16th century crafts being demonstrated, and children will have the chance to be involved in designing 
a standard for next year’s 
Battle of Flodden anniversary events.

The living history group is also looking to recruit enthusiastic local people to take part in next year’s Flodden 500 commemorations, a unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in things historical.

Keen photographers should note that next year’s show in September 2013 will include a special photography class with the theme “Commemorating Flodden”. Anyone hoping to enter exhibits and who does not yet have a schedule to guide them should contact or phone Helen on 01890 820566.

The show is up and running on Sunday afternoon from 1pm with the marquee opening around 2p.m.

Entry price at the gate is £3 for adults and £1 for children, parking is free.

Gates open 1pm, marquee opens 2pm. Admission: adults £3, children £1, parking free. Refreshments and stalls.

Also at the walled garden in Etal this weekend, history will come alive at a living history camp, where a group of re-enactors, whose interests and skills lie in the time of the Battle of Flodden, will showcase traditional costumes, cookery and grooming.