Fun with fayre and Peaks show

Hope Show......The White Family from Bradfield with four of their sheep LtoR Ben with 'Tom Daley',James with 'Usain Bolt',Alex with 'Daisy' and Catherine with 'Jessica Ennis'
Hope Show......The White Family from Bradfield with four of their sheep LtoR Ben with 'Tom Daley',James with 'Usain Bolt',Alex with 'Daisy' and Catherine with 'Jessica Ennis'

Sheep dog trials, horticultural displays, military re-enactments and all the fun of the fair will be just some of the attractions at two major shows over the Bank Holiday.

First up will be the Sheffield Fayre in Norfolk Heritage Park, which is set to attract thousands for the 12th year in a row on Sunday and Monday.

The fayre runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm on both days, with highlights including a giant craft marquee, fairground rides and a bustling marketplace.

Also returning this year are popular sideshows, organised by Professor Vanessa Toumlin from Sheffield University, and the Jon Bauer Memorial Horticultural Show, featuring potentially prize-winning produce.

“We have categories to judge in cacti, fuchsias, dahlias and roses, through to vegetables, homemade crafts, honey and wine,” said Gillian Capewell, horticultural tent manager.

Marge Allen, from the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park, added: “We are delighted to see the fayre here again this year. It remains free to enter and families can enjoy food, fun and a festival atmosphere in one of Sheffield’s most picturesque parks.”

Meanwhile the annual Hope Show - which dates back 160 years - will take place on Monday.

The Peaks show, which is run by a dedicated army of volunteers, aims to teach others about agriculture and the rural way of life.

The event also raises money for local societies and charities.

Ginny Priestley, show secretary, said: “There is something for everyone. Hope Show is a great day out. This year’s main ring attraction is Blazing Saddles, a unique group of experienced athletes and horsemen who perform amazing stunts on horseback.”

This year, farmers will be battling it out to get their sheep and cattle into the grand parade which takes place in the main ring.

Sheep shearing, vintage tractors and engines, a horticultural tent, arts, crafts and trade stands will also feature.

For the children, attractions include face-painting, archery, a circus workshop and a traditional Punch and Judy show.

A roadshow will also educate the crowds about the importance of farming to the local economy.

Peter Atkin, chairman of the Hope Show, said: “Farming is a very important industry in the Peak District and is responsible for maintaining the fine landscape that many millions of people come to visit.”

And for hungry visitors, refreshments range from fast food to sandwiches made from locally-reared pork, waffles and ice cream or tea and home made cakes.

Gates will open at 8am and the grand parade is at 3pm. Tickets cost £9 for adults, £6 concessions and £3 for children. Advance family tickets are priced £20.