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The Hope Show - Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August 2017

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One of the biggest events on the Hope Valley calendar is The Hope Show, bringing together all the communities in and around the Hope Valley for a weekend of traditional fun, games, animal shows, traditional crafts, vintage cars and tractors! Come and see as the people of the Peak District show off their culture and heritage with prize winning animals, local skills and trades, unusual events and buckets of fun for everyone!
 
The Hope Agricultural Show dates back to the 19th century when farmers proudly displayed the very best of their animals and their animal husbandry skills. The show is still very much an agricultural show where you can get a glimpse of farming life in the Hope Valley and see how it has stayed the same for centuries. Some farming practices and traditions have been going strong ever since this land was first inhabited and it is this farming community that makes up the very soul of this area.
 
The main Hope Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday with the sheep dog trials lasting from Monday to Tuesday. There is something here for everyone and over 8,000 people come to visit the show every year! This year promises to be a spectacular event with so many activities all bundled into one day so get there early if you don’t want to miss anything!
 
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Hope Show Schedule Includes:

 
The alpacaAlpaca Fleece Competition
Alpacas are a domesticated species originally from South America. They are bred for the high quality of their wool and that is what is being judged in this competition. There are 24,000 alpacas currently being bred in the UK of which we think ours are the finest!

Cattle Show
Some of the finest examples of cattle around will be paraded at the show and there will be prizes for Dairy Classes, Beef Classes, Calves and Lambs and Young Farmers Classes as well as Special Prizes and the coveted Championships. Come face to face with these impressive beasts of the land.

Fleece, Hay & Woolcraft Show
This is where the working people of Hope Valley show off skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. Watch as the process from fleece to wool product is unravelled before your eyes using traditional spinning methods.

Gundogs Demonstration
The Gundog Demonstration is organised by the URC. Historically, gundogs were trained to retrieve game that had been shot down by the hunter. You can watch a demonstration of exercises using only hand signals, voice commands and whistles and hear an explanation of how the dogs are trained. There are many different retriever breeds on show of varying ages and abilities so it’s a must to find out how working dogs benefit families living in the remote countryside of Hope Valley.

High Peak Bantam Club
Bantams are prized fowl that are kept for their stunning looks and good supply of eggs. Smaller than the average chicken they make up for their lack of height with character and personality. If you’ve ever considered keeping chickens then you simply must make a beeline for the Bantam club!

Horse Show
One of the Hope Show’s most popular events is the horse show. It features a class for children and juniors as well as displays of horse jumping, working horses and the more unusual breeds such as Mountain & Moorland.

Hope Valley Young Farmers
This club aims to make farming more accessible to the young and also provides a place where young farmers can meet and socialise. Anyone is welcome and there are craft tents, competitions and plenty of activities here to keep kids amused all day!

Horticultural & Crafts
View magnificent floral displays, huge fruit and vegetables, delicious jams and preserves and atmospheric photography. This display focuses on the skills and expertise of those who work the land and reap the rewards. Plus all of the display items will go to auction so bag yourself a prize winning piece!

Sheep Dog Trials
Running for two days, Monday and Tuesday, the traditional sheep dog trials generate a lot of interest. Sheep dogs have been used to round up sheep for centuries and it’s a skill that is passed down from father to son on working farms. The trials judge the ability of the dog and his master to work together to navigate a number of challenges with a herd of frisky sheep. It’s much more difficult than it looks!

Sheep Show
These woolly mammals have long provided a living for the farmers of Hope Valley and this is your chance to find out more about the different breeds of sheep and watch as the judges pick a winner from each category. You can also watch a handshearing display and there’s a competition for young sheep handlers too.

Veteran and Classic Cars
Turn the clocks back to the nostalgic age of classic cars and vintage motorbikes. There are some stunningly beautiful examples of pre-war cars and even veteran cars up to 1918. It’s a car enthusiast's dream come true!

Tractors & Stationary Engines
See tractors or all kinds and colours displayed along with steam engines trucks.  Some of these old vintage tractors are still in working condition and can been seen driven around the farms today!
 
Plus there are over 80 stalls at the Hope Show each selling their own trades and wares. So for a full day out sampling farming life and local produce then the Hope Show is the only place to be on the August Bank Holiday weekend

Gates open from 8am

Admission on the day
Adults £10
Senior Citizens £8
Children (5-15yrs) £3
Under 5's Free
FREE Parking
 
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