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Bakewell Country Festival - What's On

FAMILY FUN

 

CHILDREN'S TIPI

Join in with a craft session run by Bakewell AHS. Simply head to the tipi and join in - no need to book! Crafts sessions start from £2 - buy your tokens from the nearby token stall.

FAMILY DRUMMING WORKSHOPS

Sheffield's Unbeatable Energy will be hosting lively African drumming workshops - a fun and inclusive activity for young people, children and families to come together and experience the joy of group drumming. Session times will be detailed on our website, social media and visitors' map.

INTERACTIVE MUSIC SESSIONS

Youngsters can visit our children's tipi to participate in free interactive musical workshops with multi-instrumentalist Luke Carver Goss and musician and early years specialist Martin Harwood throughout the day. Just turn up and enjoy!

SMALL ANIMAL HANDLING

Flagg-based Lane End Farm Trust will be hosting small animal handling sessions all day, as well as offering the opportunity to meet larger four-legged farmyard friends! This not-for-profit charity offers animal care and horticulture experiences to disabled, disadvantaged and disengaged young people. Small fee applies.

FLOWER CROWN MAKING - TBC

Join mother-and-daughter-florists Julie and Chloe - aka The April Daisy - to make your own real flower crown for ultimate festival vibes. Token payments required, children £6, adults £10.

TRADITIONAL CAROUSEL

Carousel and craft session tokens can be purchased from our token stall located alongside the attractions.

GET HANDS-ON

WOODLAND WAYS BUSHCRAFT & SURVIVAL SKILLS

Internationally renowned but based from the Haddon Hall Estate, Woodland Ways Bushcraft & Survival Instructors will be providing you the opportunity to drop in and have a go at a variety of workshops, that could include Bow Drill Friction Fire Lighting, Spoon Carving (18+), Butter Knife Carving (8+) and making natural cordage (workshop themes TBC).
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by adult supervision. 

MEDIEVAL VILLAGE - TBC

We hope to welcome back Archaeological Research Services Ltd to recreate a medieval encampment at the festival. Visit the camp to witness medieval life and participate in activities. ARS is the UK's premier heritage services provider.

ARCHERY & CROSSBOW SESSIONS

Robin Hood wannabes can join On Point Archery to learn or hone their archery skills. Say hello to Jason and his team, try to hit the target with one (or all!) of your six arrows and win a certificate for your efforts! Fee applies.

COMPANION DOG SHOW

Enter your four-legged friend into our companion class for £1 and help raise money for the local air ambulance. Visit our Dog Show page for more information.

DOG FLYBALL

Another fun opportunity for doggy pals! Let them run off some energy on a flyball course. £3 per go.

ON STAGE

FESTIVAL STAGE

We'll be joined by The Old Time Rags, The Jelly Roll Jazz Band, The Lah Di Dahs and The Sons of Rodger for uplifting live sets on our stage throughout the day.

TALKS STAGE

Full details on our programme of free talks will be available on our free visitors' event map.

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CULINARY THEATRE

IN ASSOCIATION WITH PURE PEAK MAGAZINE

Visit our cookery marquee for demonstrations by renowned local chefs in a programme curated by renowned local food writer, Lesley Draper. Chefs will be showcasing ingredients sourced locally where possible.

 

Please visit our Culinary Theatre page for details about the programme and demonstration times.

LOCAL FOOD & DRINK

FOOD COURTS, BARS & TRADERS

Head to one of our food courts to enjoy refreshments from local producers and breweries and keep an eye out for additional refreshments points as you head round the Showground. Vendor information will be updated regularly.

 

Once you've chosen your fare, pull up a hay bale and sit down while you enjoy entertainment on our stage or simply watch the world go by.

COMPETITIONS & CENTRE RING PROGRAMME

NEW! SHEEP COMPETITIONS

Sheep competitions will return to Bakewell Showground for the first time since 2017 thanks to local farmer Harry Madin. Details and entry information to be announced.

 

HEAVY HORSE COMPETITIONS

We are delighted to see heavy horse competitions return to Bakewell Showground, commentated by Delma Nulty. Schedules and entry forms are available on our heavy horse competition page. Competitions incluse a Young Handlers class - winner qualifies for the Young Handler championship at the Midland Shire Foal Show in September.

BRITISH SCURRY & TRIALS DRIVING COMPETITIONS

Please check back for details and timetable information.

PONY CLUB

Pony Club musical displays will take place at intervals throughout the day.

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CONSERVATION & RURAL CRAFTS

TBA

Participating organisations and individuals TBA.

BAKEWELL DOG SHOW

SATURDAY 15TH & SUNDAY 16TH JULY

This long-established event will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July.

For more information please visit our Dog Show page  - details to be announced in due course.

The Bakewell Dog Show schedule and entry form will be available via Fosse Date. Please refer any questions to the secretary, as detailed in the schedule.

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VINTAGE TRACTORS & ENGINES

EXHIBITION

Our vintage tractor and engine exhibits are being arranged by Martin Ambrey of Ambrey Agricultural. If you are interested in exhibiting please send your details using our contact form. We also hope to have a traction engine on display.

SHOPPING

LOCAL PRODUCERS

Shopping opportunities will focus on local producers who will be selling everything from handmade art, crafts and jewellery to food, drink and more.

Bakewell Country Festival is a fundraising event for Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society (Charity No. 1045165).

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