Stanhope Show 2021 Please Note The Statement Below

Dear Supporters

It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that the committee of Stanhope Agricultural Society have taken the decision to cancel Stanhope Show 2020.

The safety and security of the general public, competitors, traders, visitors, attractions and committee members, at the show is of the utmost importance.

The very nature of the show means that people come together to celebrate, to exhibit and spectate and given the requirements of social distancing, we would not be able to guarantee that social distancing.  We simply cannot and will not compromise the safety of anyone.

We ask for your understanding and know we can count on your continued support. We will be contacting all stakeholders: exhibitors; supporters; traders and suppliers over the next few weeks and we are now looking forward to our next show on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2021.

Our wish is that you stay safe and well and we will see you next year at Stanhope Show.

If you have any queries please contact the General Secretary, Lisa Johnstone on

The annual Stanhope Show is County Durham's premier agricultural show.

A traditional Dales agricultural show where visitors can browse a wonderful display of the finest livestock, produce and crafts that the Durham Dales have to offer.

Combined with some of the very best national and international arena attractions providing fun, thrills and spills...Stanhope Show is a great day out for all the family.

The show is held on the second weekend in September in the picturesque surrounds of Unthank Park.

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2021! Keep the date!

179 Years of Weardale Tradition

Attractions for 2021

Joseph and his AMAZING RACING CAMELS.........Paul Swift's Precision Motoring "The Italian Job" .........Ridgeside Falconry, Terrier & Lurcher Roadshow........... The UK's LEADING BMX Stunt Team.........Have a go Highland Games.......Marko's Circus Skills Workshop.......Cumberland music in the MEMBERS' marquee......Mr Bungle Children's Entertainer.........and Stanhope's own Silver Band!

Sunday is Terrier & Lurcher Day

At Stanhope Show we have a huge breadth of horse classes from the huge Clydesdales to the smallest Welsh Ponies.  Horse classes start early in the morning. Read more here...

Come and see the diversity of breeds as they compete for the coveted title of "BEST IN SHOW". Our Open Dog Show is held under KC rules. Read more here

Visit our Fur & Feather marquee on Saturday and marvel at the numbers and variety of hens, pigeons, rabbits and cavies.  Read more here...

The sheer variety of work on display at Stanhope Show is always breathtaking.  Year on year the standard seems to rise, inspiring others to try something new and different. Inspired? Read on...

Walk amongst the pens and see close-up the top class examples of commercial and native breeds.  We welcome new exhibitors.  Read more...

Visit on Saturday to see this exciting brand of horse racing which adds colour and drama to the show. Read more about harness racing...

Join us for a celebration of Weardale


Terriers, Whippets & Lurchers

The countryman's companion,  visit on Sunday to see our Terrier and Lurcher classes.  NEW for 2019 our Secretary has added classes for Whippets. Please see our schedule which is now available online by clicking here and copies of which will be in outlets from mid-May onwards.


Live Music Festival

"Stanhope Music Festival" is becoming a huge attraction with live music in the beer tent on Saturday and Sunday evening. We are so excited to welcome Uptown Band and the fabulousTwister to the Stanhope Stage on Sunday evening. Visit their official website here.

Unique Shopping Experience

Enjoy a unique shopping experience at Stanhope Show. With a variety of  beautiful, original trade stands, and our stylish "Festival of Shopping" Marquee and food market.  New for 2019 we have a "Vintage Marquee" offering up-cycled and vintage goods. Read more here.

Licensed Bar & Catering

Whatever you fancy our diverse catering outlets can provide for your tastes.  Afternoon tea? No problem. Hog roast? Of course...and don't forget the licensed bar.

Spectacular Main Arena

We are delighted to welcome Bolddog Lings back to Stanhope on Saturday 14th. This spectacular act will wow you! Marvel at Mount Grace Gundogs and for our younger visitors, we have a brand new Children's Mini-Arena with lots of fun activities to keep your children amused.

Children's Mini-Arena

Brand new for 2019 we have a wonderful space for children. With animals from "Animals About Town", games, fun and on Sunday 15th the amazing Mr Tommy Bungle children's entertainer. Your children will have a wonderful time at Stanhope Show.


A wonderful day out for the entire family.



Based in the AONB

Stanhope Show is set within the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we are absolutely certain that as agricultural shows go, we have the most beautiful setting.  Our showground can be booked for festivals, caravan rallies and more.

Read more about booking our venue here...

Sponsored by BESCOL Motors

We are delighted that Bescol Motors is once again supporting Stanhope Show in 2019. Long time friends of our show, visit their stand and book a test drive in one of their fabulous cars, perfect for life in Weardale.

Read more about Bescol Motors here...


  1. Hi just wondering if there will be terrier racing at the show this year

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