Celebrating 160 Years!

Saturday 13th August 2022


About Slaley Show

This annual exhibition of produce, livestock and skilled craftsmanship by the local community of Slaley and surrounding districts has seen many changes in its history; it has continued to survive and prosper nevertheless, to become one of the best village shows in Northumberland. Successive generations have worked hard to maintain the Victorian tradition of an annual 'get-together' of local people competing in friendly rivalry, or simply chatting over a cup of tea and a sandwich.

It began life in 1845 as the Slaley and Hexhamshire Floral and Horticultural Society Show, but by 1870 it was known as the Annual Sunday School Festival and Flower Show, and in 1902 it changed its name again to Slaley Flower, Butter and Poultry Show. It has changed venue from the Stanegarth Garden, behind Orchard House and behind the Rose & Crown, to its present location at Townhead in 1916. Similarly, the number and types of classes have changed over time; initially only flowers, vegetables, bread and eggs were shown, with animals being restricted to best dressed chickens! Gradually, classes for sheep, calves, poultry, goats and more recently alpacas were introduced, whilst the Industrial Section, encompassing everything from baking to photography, knitting to stick dressing, goes from strength to strength, attracting over 1000 entries in 2018.

Competitive sports have always proved popular, whether motor cycles or terrier racing, children’s games or the spills and thrills of the horse and pony classes, which now attracts competitors from far afield.

In its long history, the show has faced many setbacks and some cancellations (two World Wars, Foot and Mouth outbreaks in 1966 and 2001, heavy rain in 1956, 2004, 2011 and 2019 and COVID19 in 2020). Each successive committee has not panicked, but simply soldiered on, knowing it has a long and rich tradition to maintain and enhance wherever possible. 

Slaley Show Membership

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A letter to all supporters from the Chairman of Slaley Show

Welcome back to our show! This year, we again celebrate the 160th Slaley Show after having to unfortunately cancel our show in 2019 due to the extremely wet conditions. This was then followed by the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic with Covid regulations stopping both a show in 2020 and last year. However, we had one bright spot in our calendar in August 2021 when we held a community Hog Roast with children’s sports on the showfield as a thank you to all our many supporters, exhibitors and locals, without whom we would not exist. This year we celebrate our return with a Royal theme, in recognition of the long and exemplary reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In the industrial marquee, classes have been introduced so that bakers and crafters can display their skills in a royal fashion. The mounted fancy dress has also the same theme as does the Kings and Queens scarecrow competition. Parades of dressed bicycles and riders will appear in the main ring so all ages can enter. For the younger children there is also a Prince and Princess parade with a crowning ceremony as well as further opportunities to display their creativity. As we evolve, changes take place. This year, for the first time, the dog classes will take place outside the main showfield in the main car parking area allowing anyone who just wishes to enter their dogs or simply watch the dog show without attending the show itself to do so. We hope, however, that once these classes are completed both the dog owners and spectators will come into the showfield to enjoy all that is on o fer. The main ring attractions this year include falconry displays, Elaine Hill with her sheepdogs that can herd ducks, the local Beagle hounds, mounted fancy dress, children’s sports and our ever popular terrier racing. Since our last show our committee has seen some changes. Catherine Lincoln, after 9 years as secretary, has stepped down from the role and has been replaced by Rebecca Wilson. We also welcome new secretaries in the Sheep, Children’s and Pony sections. Jules Blackley is our new Children’s secretary and Abi Courage takes over as Pony secretary. Abi is juggling student life with Young Farmers as well as horses. Amy Gibson and Gemma Common, members of Whitley Chapel Young Farmers, have taken over the Sheep secretary’s role introducing new classes to the sheep rings. Sarah Ridley has become our new Treasurer and Rebecca Dent joins us as the Young Farmers representative on the committee. These younger members are a welcome addition, bringing some great new ideas and enthusiasm to the show and bodes well for the show’s future. We also welcome Margaret Ogle, who has long been involved with the show, as our new Floral Art secretary, this year combining the role with the Horticultural section. Finally, I must say a big thank-you to all our sponsors, advertisers and those volunteers who give freely of their time, both before, during and after the show and without whom the show would not run. These include all the stewards, judges and section secretaries who make everything run smoothly on the day and finally to the field owner and all our cal famers who contribute so much to making our show such an attraction. Enjoy your day at Slaley – a traditional village show at its best. 

Marge Rastall, 


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