Kilnsey Show in Upper Wharfedale
Tuesday 30th August 2016
Kilnsey Show first took place 1897 – Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee year. It’s keynote aim - as today – is to promote and showcase the regional agricultural world, notably the breeding, rearing and exhibition of livestock, coupled with other kindred arts, crafts and rural industries.
Well over a century on, Kilnsey Show & Sports; staged in the shadow of the famous Kilnsey Crag has expanded and diversified to become the county’s largest one-day agricultural show, one of the best known of its kind in the northern calendar, attracting exhibitors, competitors and visitors from near and far.
Kilnsey remains a traditional livestock-led agricultural show, with a total of over £7,000 prize money available in the livestock classes alone, part of an overall prize fund of over £17,000, with 80 trophies to be won.
Sheep and cattle classes are supplemented by horse events throughout the day – riding classes, shires, hunters, mountain and moorland; climaxing to a thrilling finish with harness racing. Our sheepdog trials attract many of the top dog handlers from all over the United Kingdom, supported by displays , demonstrations and attractions encompassing all aspects of agricultural and rural life.
There are also competition classes for produce, handicrafts, photography, art, flowers and flower arrangements, vegetables, walking sticks, vintage tractors, dry stone walling and farm crops. Up to 100 trade stands can also be found at Kilnsey.
A food hall with the accent on regional produce is also available and well-known local chefs stage their cookery master-classes featuring a range of local produce.
Kilnsey Show also offers all-round family appeal with much to interest our younger visitors, including our standalone Children’s Marquee, which offers a host of educationally-led activities.
Towards the end of the afternoon, Kilnsey Sports take centre stage, notably the famous fell races, involving the punishing ascent and descent of famous Kilnsey Crag, one of the toughest fell running tests in the sport, followed by the thrilling excitement of the harness racing.
Kilnsey Show takes place annually on the Tuesday following the August Bank Holiday Monday. Gates open to visitors at 9.00am and the show goes on till 7.00pm. It is the best place to see the working face of the Dales and get some idea of what hill farming is all about while at the same time having a first class day out.
Admission to the showground is £10 for adults, £2 for children 16 and below and for those under 5's FREE.
Parking on the showground is £15 at the main gate, entrance A, and £5 at Conistone Bridge, entrance C. Off the showground parking is FREE.
Please note NO dogs other than guide dogs are allowed on any part of the showfield. Competitive sheep dogs and working gundogs are restricted to their designated area only.
The Yorkshire Dales