Great Eccleston Show, the Best Two Day Show in the County

Agricultural activities at the Great Eccleston Show

Looking back at the Great Eccleston Show 2015…

Great Eccleston Show was again blessed with great weather for this year’s show. Ten’s of thousands of visitors poured through the gates over the two day’s to be greeted with a wealth of attractions to suit everyone.

On the first day some of the finest dairy cattle could be seen on parade in the main ring and with the Holstein breed being the most prominent in the area, a deserved winner was a local family, P, J A & M Isles from Greenhalgh, Kirkham. Matthew Isles had waited 13 years for a win in 2014 so to have achieved the double was extra special for him and his family. Other fine examples of dairy cattle like Jersey’s and Ayrshires were also on display.

The fiercely contested Shire Horse competition was a truly majestic sight in the main ring this year, with the winner of one of the classes going through to the Shire Horse of the Year contest. The show’s commentator, Delma Nulty from Macclesfield captivated her audience with her knowledge and enthusiasm of these wonderful animals who had come from all over the country. The eventual winner going to a family from Whixley, York, P Bedford with Metheringham Upton Hamlet.

There was a strong line up of various breeds of sheep on Saturday with Suffolks, Texels, Charollais and Swaledales to name just a few. A Suffolk owned by local man, J W Richmond from Goosnargh won Champion sheep. On Sunday a wonderful display of Primitive and Non-Primitive Rare Breed sheep delighted the visiting public. Sunday also saw the The Lancashire Goat Show, held again only at Great Eccleston with a fantastic turn out of over 50 goats.

Beef cattle, shown in the main ring on Sunday morning, gave the visiting public a glimpse at the power and beauty of these enormous beasts which are grown for their meat and produced another local winner, Barlow Brothers from Croston, Preston.

Ridden Hunters, Mountain & Moorland and In Hand Sports Horses made a stunning spectacle in the main ring. Senior Jumping classes took place at the end of Sunday, giving the general public a reason to sit back, relax and enjoy this great sport and beautiful animals. Horses were also prominent for the first time as a display for the public with Mounted Games, which proved to be very enjoyable to watch and great fun!

The rest of the show and especially the marquees around the show-field were just as captivating. Packed with wonderful exhibits of art, tapestry, knitting, cakes, floral art, vegetables and home-made wine and honey it was a thrill for the eyes.. Local school St Marys R C Primary School took home the cup in the Children’s Section, which was full of vibrant colourful exhibits, proving how important art is in our schools.

This year saw the addition of a “Food Theatre”. This area was filled with local specialists and chefs demonstrating their skills and expertise and proved to be a wonderful addition. The marquee was packed to see Celebrity Chef, Phil Vickery doing a cookery demonstration, with fabulous commentary provided by Peter Gott, a Cumbrian food hero.

The Food Hall was once again brimming with tasty treats from all over Lancashire. Locally smoked meats, home-made fudge and artisan bread and cakes were just a few of the delights that could be picked up whilst wandering round.

BBC Radio Lancashire were broadcasting live from the show on both days with radio presenters Sally Naden, Graham Liver and Stephen Lowe keeping the crowds entertained.

Other areas of the show included a thriving craft tent, wood cutting, falconry, vintage cars and tractors as well as live music to keep us entertained. This year City of Coventry Corps of Drums performed in the main ring. The Vanders Quad Wheel of Death also wowed the crowd with amazing acrobatic skills from 50 feet in the air with no wires or nets! A vintage fairground big wheel was kept busy all weekend with visitors taking in the sites from this safer elevated vantage point.

Thousands of visitors packed the banks of the Tractor Pulling track and witnessed a great competition as part of the British Championships. For those visitors who had never experienced this before it proved to be a noisy and thrilling attraction.

Great Eccleston Show has proved, yet again, that it is capable of putting on a spectacle which appeals to all age groups and interests and it really does live up to its reputation as the best two day show in the North-West!

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