Great Eccleston Agricultural Show is one of the most popular two day country shows in Lancashire, held annually on a Saturday and Sunday of July , this year (2013) it is 13th and 14th July, and is a showcase for every aspect of rural life, work and play, the whole range of country skills and crafts skills associated with the country and county of Lancashire are represented, cooking, handicraft, horticulture and local arts, and is a big attraction to townspeople and country folk alike.
Great Eccleston Agricultural Show 2011. Lancashire One.
With livestock classes for Shire horses, sheep, pigs and poultry, light horses, goats tractor-pulling and a ‘companion’ dog show on the Sunday, there is something to interest everyone.
Traditional rural crafts are demonstrated and vintage farm machines can be seen alongside the latest in agricultural technology. There are marquees displaying everything from fruit and flowers to cakes, cheese and chutneys, a large food hall marquee featuring local Lancashire produce whilst outside we have demonstrations of traditional rural craftsmen at work, sheep herding, sheep shearing, bee keeping, a Victorian fun fare, motorcycle stunt riders, Cumberland wrestling, and lots lots more – there will be something for everyone at Great Eccleston Show this year.
The ever popular tractor pulls take place on both days and on the Sunday a BPTA (British Tractor Pulling Association) Tractor Pull points event is staged.
The Fylde area is home to many of Britain’s top breeders and the cattle, sheep, horses, goats and poultry appearing at Great Eccleston are some of the finest in the country, and the Lancashire produce on display is second to none.
Great Eccleston Agricultural show continues to go from strength to strength with an excellent turn out last year, as described by Fiona Drummond.
Fiona Drummond on last year’s Show (2012)
Over 30,000 people enjoyed the sunshine at Great Eccleston Show at the weekend. The general public were delighted to finally see the sun and get out into the countryside and they weren’t disappointed, with an excellent demonstration of all that is good in the heartland of the Fylde coast in Lancashire. Great Eccleston continues to provide something for everyone and certainly justifies the event’s reputation as the best two-day show in the North-West.
On the first day some of the finest dairy cattle could be seen on parade in the main ring and with the Holstein breed being the most prominent in the area, a deserved winner was a local family, D.J. & S Tomlinson from Bilsborrow with Bilsrow Shottle Lausine 2. Other fine examples of dairy cattle like Jersey’s and Ayrshires were also on display.
Well over 70 entries took part in a fiercely contested Shire Horse competition. With the winner of this competition going through to the Shire Horse of the Year contest, animals had come from all over the country with the eventual winner going to a family from Derbyshire, L. M. Fountain with Woodhouse Miss Dynamite.
There was a strong line up of various breeds of sheep on Saturday with Suffolks, Texels, Charollais and Swaledales to name just a few. A Texel owned by F.A. Nairey from Blackburn won Champion sheep. On Sunday a wonderful display of Primitive and Non-Primitive Rare Breed sheep delighted the visiting public.
Budgerigars and Hens also looked at their best and over 200 entries were on display. Budgerigar winner, Ray Hall from Newton with Scales won with a Spangled Grey Cock bird, proving that even beginner breeders can compete with the best.
On Sunday Beef cattle were on display these enormous animals bred for their fat and meat content weighed into the main ring with the outstanding winner, a British Blue, Popes Princess Cleo, owned by J.H. & V.G. Wood from Preston.
Some of the finest horses that the general public, potentially, had ever seen were present at the show with Ridden Hunters, Mountain & Moorland and In Hand Sports Horses making a stunning spectacle in the main ring. Junior and Senior Jumping classes took place giving the general public a reason to sit back and enjoy the sunshine.
The marquees around the show-field were packed with wonderful exhibits of art, cakes, floral art, vegetables and home-made wine and honey. One of the organisers said “it’s the people who take part that make this show one of the best”. Without any doubt that was seen more than ever in a packed Children’s section with Out Rawcliffe CE School taking home the cup! Read more here…...
Why not make a weekend visit to Wyre in Lancashire for the show weekend and stay in the beautiful market town of Garstang a short drive from the Great Eccleston showground. There we have excellent
Garstang hotels, Garstang bed and breakfast and camping sites and caravan parks to choose from and make your stay a weekend to remember.