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Kilnsey Show cancelled, but potential for online classes

Kilnsey Show & Sports, the traditional finale to the annual Yorkshire Dales agricultural show season, has, as widely anticipated, fallen victim to Covid-19.

However, the good news is that the organisers, Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, are actively exploring avenues in the hope that the show can go on in at least some format this year by staging online classes for various sections, including the keynote sheep and cattle divisions.

First staged almost 125 years ago in 1897, Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee year, Kilnsey Show has been cancelled only twice in its long history – once due to war, then in 2001 because of foot and mouth. Staged in the shadow of famous Kilnsey Crag, the annual highlight has grown to become one of the country’s largest and most popular one-day agricultural shows

The 123rd event was due to take place this year on Tuesday, September 1, but in a letter to officials and members, show chairman Chris Windle wrote: “Regretfully, but perhaps not surprisingly, the management committee have had to make the decision to cancel this year’s show.

“It has become increasingly clear that large gatherings of people are unlikely to be allowed for some time yet and in the interests of the health and safety of our members, exhibitors, visitors and the residents of Kilnsey, we have taken the sad decision that the show simply cannot take place safely in its usual format.

“We very much hope to be able to hold some online classes for various sections this year. Our stewards are currently formulating a plan as to how this might work, and we will announce what we intend to do on our website – - as well as via our social media channels.”

Mr Windle announced that the date for the 2021 Kilnsey Show & Sports had already been set for Tuesday, August 31.

He added: “We can only hope and pray that by then we can welcome everyone back to this great event, which continues to shine the spotlight on the cream of local farming, rural life, food and produce, arts and crafts – a traditional ever-popular Dales agricultural show that connects our country communities with the wider general population.”

New Kilnsey Show chairman looks forward to 2019 highlight

Skipton’s Chris Windle is the new Kilnsey Show & Sports chairman – and greatly looking forward to this year’s 122nd Dales highlight on Tuesday, August 27.

He was elected at the 2019 annual meeting of show organisers, Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, moving up from vice-chairman and taking over from former long-serving chairman, local beef and sheep farmer Robert Lambert.

Chris, 62, himself has a long association with Kilnsey Show, stretching back many years to when he first helped a local lady farmer show Swaledale sheep, then in a business capacity when he initially worked as a land agent for 25 years with David Hill Chartered Surveyors in Skipton.

This continued when Chris established a land agency operation for Craven Cattle Marts at Skipton Auction Mart, which later became Windle Beech Winthrop – Chris was one of the three co-founders - latterly WBW Surveyors following Chris’s retirement in 2016.

He and his wife Linda themselves have farming interests, running their own pedigree Beltex sheep flock, which operates under the Cavendish prefix and is based in Embsay.

The flock was established in 2003 when they bought their first packet of ewes from Skipton and there are now some 50 ewes on the ground. While the couple show relatively rarely, Cavendish Beltex tups have been responsible for prize winners at their local mart.

Chris, who was elected show vice-chairman two years ago, paid tribute to the work of his predecessor and said he looked forward to both maintaining and building on the success of high profile event, the ever-popular finale to the local agricultural show season.

The 2018 show was Robert Lambert’s last as chairman, a position he had held since 2003. He was first elected to the show committee in 1969, taking over as vice-chairman in 1998.

However, fourth generation farmer Robert, who runs an 800-strong Swaledale sheep flock, plus a Limousin cattle herd, at Mile House, Conistone-with-Kilnsey, will continue his long association with the show.

He has now been installed as president-elect and will follow in the footsteps of current president Dr Peter Whitehead, from Skipton, who completes his two-year term of office after this year’s show.

At the recent annual meeting, Robert’s stewardship was further recognised when he was made an honorary life member of Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, which is thought to be the first time the privilege has been awarded.

“Kilnsey Show has changed beyond recognition over the years, growing in popularity and going from strength to strength. Long may it continue – it remains in very capable hands,” said Robert, who will still be in the background offering support to his successor whenever it’s required.

The organising committee reports that all is proceeding on track ahead of the 2019 Kilnsey Show & Sports, which has all-round family appeal and continues to shine the spotlight on the cream of local farming, rural life, food and produce, arts and crafts.

Full details, entry forms and schedules are at and advance tickets are available by contacting secretary Kathy Lambert is on 01756 753259 or e-mail

Pic caption: Outgoing Kilnsey Show & Sports chairman Robert Lambert, left, congratulates his successor Chris Windle.

Keelham Farm Shop steps up as new Kilnsey Show Sponsor

Award-winning Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton has been unveiled as a new sponsor of this year’s Kilnsey Show.

Their presence in a standalone “Keelham at Kilnsey” marquee guarantees a brand-new, day-long hands-on experience for all to savour, as the countdown commences to the annual 122nd Dales highlight on Tuesday, August 27.

Shopping at Keelham Farm Shop is an experience for all the senses - not just the taste buds. At Kilnsey, visitors can enjoy a journey of discovery with Keelham; learn more about fresh food, discover new flavours and pick up some handy techniques to try and taste at home.

On the day, visitors can experience the Keelham Farm Shop Cookery Theatre. The Keelham bakers, butchers and chefs will be on hand to share their skills, knowledge and recipes on everything from how to make a quick and tasty smoothie to the art of making the perfect sausage.

Keelham Farm Shop is renowned for fighting food waste, having recently won a Green Apple Award for its environmental efforts this year, so there is no one better to offer advice on how to make the most of the leftovers in the fridge.

Champions of fresh, great-tasting local food; more than half of what’s sold at Keelham Farm Shop is handmade alongside the best produce from more than 400 local farmers and suppliers.

At Kilnsey, an array of products from both Keelham Farm Shop and its suppliers will be available to taste and take home, including their Yorkshire beers from some of the 30 different Yorkshire breweries and a selection of the 40 gins stocked at Keelham, all distilled in Yorkshire.

Visitors can find out which wines match perfectly with a select of local cheeses, then cycle off those extra calories on Keelham’s special smoothie bike which blends a fresh and delicious smoothie completely from pedal power.

Kilnsey Show president Dr Peter Whitehead said: “We are delighted to welcome Keelham Farm Shop on board as a major sponsor. They are a local business supporting hundreds of local farmers and, in turn, our regional agricultural communities in general. They are a perfect fit. And, as they say, food really does taste better from the farm!”

Organised by Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, Kilnsey Show & Sports – - continues to shine the spotlight on the cream of local farming, rural life, food and produce, arts and crafts.

Pictured are Keelham Farm Shop to mark the new Kilnsey Show sponsorship partnership are our newly appointed show chairman Chris Windle and Keelham’s Victoria Robertshaw.

2019 Schedules Available NOW!!!

The 2019 schedule is now available and entries are open! Paper copies have been sent out to our mailing list and schedules and extra forms can be downloaded from this website. If you would like a hard copy sending please contact us via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or email at

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