Wensleydale and Reeth shows to go ahead despite flooding

The heavy horses at the Wensleydale Show. Photo: Philip Sedgwick.

The flooding in July will not prevent two of Richmondshire’s important rural events taking place later this month

Despite the show field at Reeth being flooded in the flash floods on July 30, the annual Reeth Show will take place as normal on August 26.

Leyburn also suffered flooring but the Wensleydale Show, which like its Swaledale counterpart has been taking place for more than a century, will still go ahead.

The traditional shows are the place where the farming community comes together to show their livestock, catch up with friends, swap knowledge and generally have a good time.

But you don’t have to be a farmer to attend and there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy at both shows.

The Wensleydale Show on Saturday, August 24 has a large range of competitive events for sheep, cattle, horses and poultry. There will be over 60 classes in poultry alone, ranging from large fowls to true bantams and an egg section.

There are also horticultural and handicraft classes, as well as dry stone walling demonstration and a gun dog scurry.

Ring displays continue throughout the day, many trade stands offer a wide range of products & produce and Leyburn band plays.

The big attraction in the main ring this year is Broke FMX freestyle motocross display team, which features some of the best motocross riders in the country, who will be jumping 35 feet in the air pulling acrobatic stunts over gaps approaching 100 feet.

Reeth Show will be held in Swaledale on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26. The main ring attraction this year is Walworth Birds of Prey.

The show attracts fell runners from far and wide who come to take part in a race up Fremington Edge. The race is part of the British Open Fell Runners Association championship.

As well as beef cattle, sheep, rabbit and horse classes, there are prizes for best hay and best fleeces.

There are also classes for vintage vehicles as well as a local craft marquee with more than 40 exhibitors.