Welcome to the Simonside Country Fair and Hay Show website
Our next upcoming event is the annual Hay Show & Charity Pledge Auction on Sunday 14th February 2016 at 'The Gate' pub just south of Rothbury
If you haven't yet made a donation or sponsored one of the Hay Show or Fair activities
but would like to do so for 2016, please contact us.
Hay bales for the competition to be at the pub by 12 noon at the latest
AND MUCH EARLIER IF POSSIBLE !!!
The Hay Show will open to the public from 1pm after judging has taken place. There will be food available, prizes for the best hay bales, brilliant bargains in the Pledge Auction and music, music, music from Rothbury's famous Highland Pipe Band. So it's fun for all the family, we'll look forward to seeing you there !!!
The Simonside and Hay Show Presentation 2015
December 2015 saw our annual Presentation at "The Gate" when we gave away our profits, as we do every year, to benefit some fantastic local projects and good causes. This year we gave away the amazing total of FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS! For more details, click on the link at the top of this page to see our Beneficiaries page.
Our previous event was the Simonside Country Fair held on Sunday 9th August 2015
Our annual local show for Rothbury and the Hollinghill area, the Simonside Country Fair, saw even more records broken at the 2015 packed and popular rural event.
This summer the Fair, which donates 100% of its proceeds to local charities, sported a host of crowd-pleasing thrills and spills including its infamous International Egg Throwing Competition, won on Sunday 9th August by local champions Robbie Bullock and Thomas Davidson.
Visitors to the show travelled from as far afield as Ghana in Africa to marvel at this and many other well-supported spectacles, including the annual Fell Race, won for a second successive year by Chris Coe. Race winner for the women was Stephanie Scott. A special prize was also awarded to Reg Checkley, who set yet another record as the show's oldest ever fell runner at the sprightly age of 78.
There were also a record number of classes in our new Make, Bake and Grow tent, with young Millie Cook taking the award for best overall child exhibitor, and Julie Famelton collecting the adult prize. In the Dressed Stick competition, the Davison Perpetual Challenge Cup was awarded to Jim Bell, while a Suffolk Ewe belonging to C.Lillie was judged to be Overall Champion in the sheep show.
The increasingly popular Cumberland Wrestling tournament had Robert Leiper as the All Weights winner, with Freya Waddington picking up the Women's Wrestling award. The Championship winner in the Terrier show was Milly, a Red Lakeland belonging to Joanne Smith, with Border Terrier Gem, owned by Jane Mackenzie taking the Best Puppy prize.
Commenting on the resounding success of the show this year, Simonside Country Fair Secretary Carole Murray said: We are indebted once again to our sponsors and supporters, all of whom have helped make the 2015 show another record-breaking success. The Simonside Country Fair will be back again next year, on the second Sunday in August, when we hope to set even more records and raise even more money for many local good causes.