Bishop Wilton Show
Only the war, weather and foot and mouth disease have prevented Bishop Wilton Show taking place just three times during its proud 116 year history. So when, earlier this year, the show was faced with having to find a new home, organisers weren’t about to let that derail their plans for 2014.
After 30 years, the heavy rain and increased visitor numbers had taken their toll on Wilton Lodge Farm to such an extent that a change of location could not be avoided any longer.
“This year’s coup de grâce, appearing for the first time, is the fantastic Benjamin Atkinson and his world famous stunt horses”
Step forward farmer Mike Stringer. When he heard of the show’s plight, he was more than happy for it to be relocated to his family farm. What’s more, High Callis Wold Farm, at the top of Garrowby Hill, is only a stone’s throw away from the original site.
The Stringer Family has been farming on the Yorkshire Wolds for more than 50 years. Organic since 1999, they are famed locally for their organic lamb, potatoes, flour and porridge oats. With stunning views over the Vale of York, you could not ask for a more picturesque setting.
“Co-ordinating this year’s show has been a mammoth undertaking, and things were touch and go for a while as to whether we would find a new home,” said show secretary Ed Hutchinson.
“Thanks to the Stringer family for saving the day, it is much appreciated by the committee but more importantly the surrounding community. We really hope this year’s event will be one for us all to remember, with this great new venue we have a wonderful opportunity to move the show onwards and upwards for many years to come.”
So what can we expect? All the old favourites will be there again – the craft tent for local producers, trade stands, show horses and terrier racing to name just a few. Add to that sheep shearing, Morris dancing, a falconry display and an interactive fine art exhibit and there’s enough to keep all ages happy. This year’s coup de grâce, appearing for the first time, is the fantastic Benjamin Atkinson and his world famous stunt horses.
And, of course, the ever-popular Wolds Half Marathon will again attract keen runners from across the region. The 2014 event will follow the same route as usual but with a new start and finish line, bringing a new set of challenges even for those who are veterans of the run. Even if it is a last minute decision entrants can just turn up on the day, but should arrive before 09:00 to allow time for registering. With horticulture classes for green-fingered enthusiasts, the WI tent for sewing, painting, photography and cooking, and the childrens’ tent for local youngsters to get ‘arty’, it’s no exaggeration to say there really is something for everyone. Don’t miss it.