Our roving reporter Emily Stephenson spent the day at the Hope Show this week, a traditional country event held annually near Castleton in Derbyshire – and boy did she have some fun! Here’s what she found, what she liked and what you can expect at this all country event:
This years show was a gloriously sunny packed out rural spectacular. There were floods of people as opposed to floods of water, thankfully the heavy rain showers of the last few days passed leaving fantastic weather throughout the day.
There was a relaxed, welcoming and friendly atmosphere as soon as you arrived, be it from the helpful parking attendants, visitors or exhibitors. There was fun and interests for all the family but the biggest hit for me were the animal displays and livestock exhibitors. With sheep dog trials, bird of prey flying display and a chance to get hands on and cuddly with a pack of local fox hounds, not to mention the stunning array of the areas finest examples of sheep, cattle and poultry to see. Horse displays of all varieties were also a big hit with the visitors.
There were a wealth of exhibitors from the area giving insight and info for and about both conservation, rural affairs and the local farming community including the RSPB, NFU Mutual, National Trust and The Farming Life Centre. We had a quick catch up with Mary McNaught from The Farming Life Centre “today is such a great day to be here at Hope Show, the weather couldn’t be better and it’s just a great opportunity for the charity to get out and meet people from the local farming community”.
After a wander round the numerous shiny classic cars and engines on show, with the vintage tractors a particular highlight, we had a stroll through the many trade, craft and horticulture stalls. There was a vast array of bespoke, locally and British made wares on offer from amazing hand made furniture to artisan Gin’s and Whisky’s. We picked up some British made lovely woolly socks from new Buxton based company Love My Socks (www.facebook.com/Love-My-
The length of the queues for the food or drink stands were testament to the yummy offerings, with the ice cream running out towards the end of the busy day.
All in all a totally smashing day out, a definite must for next year. To keep in touch with the show and to watch out for next years event visit www.facebook.com/thehopeshow or follow them on Twitter @visithopeshow
And finally, if you’ve been to Hope Show – get in touch and let US know what your favourite thing about the day was, we’d love to hear from you!