Beneficiaries

Local groups collecting their cheques from proceeds of the 2010 Fair

The Country Fair and Hay Show have now combined their efforts into one non-profit making organisation. We retain a small amount of ongoing funds to finance the next year’s events and give all our other profits to deserving causes, activities and charities with the emphasis on supporting those taking place in and around Rothbury though we sometimes give to causes further afield in Northumberland and occasionally elsewhere. All profits made by the Hay Show are specifically targeted at benefitting those activities supporting children and families.

By now we have raised over £135,000 since we held our first events. It's amazing what you can accomplish if you just keep trying!

If you are involved with a project or group in need of funds for something special, please contact us and we’ll see if we can help you. Obviously we cannot help everyone, but our committee will consider each new application.

The Fair committee usually meets in the early autumn and decides on beneficiaries from that year's season according to the resources available to us. The committee's decision is always final.


From our fundraising efforts in 2016 we have donated SIX THOUSAND POUNDS altogether between a total of 18 organisations.

Cheques totalling this amazing sum were handed over to the following 18 different organisations at the 2016 presentation by the joint committee now running the Forestburngate Hay Show and Simonside Country Fair at the annual ceremony hosted this year by Robert Famelton at The Gate pub in the temporary absence of current chairperson Jamie Whicker:

The Gate pub (to assist with refurbishment of community space); Rothbury Boy Scouts ( to send 12 youngsters to Switzerland); Cambo Young Farmers; St Oswald’s Hospice; Rothbury Highland Pipe Band; Over the Bridges churches and community magazine for Coquetdale; The Coquet Singers community choir; Morpeth Hunt; Rothbury First School; Fontburn Residents Group; Rothbury Christmas Lights; Pottergate Centre, Alnwick; Spaniel Rescue; Nunnykirk School; Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust; Grovewood House Residential Home; Coquetdale Community Transport; Rothbury Wrestling Academy (enabling the club to travel overseas for events and tournaments).

From our fundraising efforts in 2015 we have donated £5,000 between:

For 2014 we have donated £3,000 between:

For 2013 we have donated £5,000 between:

In 2012 we donated £4,000 between: