Some of the best in the business of village events

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Howick village show is the epitome of how an enthusiastic group can work together for the good of the community.

Fund-raising and preparation continues throughout the year, but on one special day they take it a step further in preparing the hall, serving refreshments and adding evening entertainment.

It’s the first judging commitment of the year for the lady of the house and I. This time round there were circa 250 entries, a very healthy state of affairs.

Warkworth Show, on Saturday, August 22, reflects this ethos, but on a bigger scale.

It’s been held on the same site since 1859 and it has been an honour to be involved with it. Set in the castle grounds with marquees, bands, fancy dress, fun run and trade stands, it is a good family day out.

It’s unfortunate that Mitford Show is staged on the same day because that is another top village attraction I’ve had the pleasure of judging.

Glendale takes the prize for being biggest summer show in the area and it comes up on Bank Holiday Monday.

Apart from the horticultural and industrial marquee, there are classes for farm animals, horses and riders, plus entertainment. Trade stands make it buzz.