Bakewell's strong connection with agriculture is emphasised every August when the town hosts the largest tented agricultural event in the UK, also one of the oldest and is often known as the 'Little Royal'.
The two-day event attracts around 65,000 visitors to the showground, which is sited in a beautiful location close to the banks of the River Wye.
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When in April 1819, farmer Wootten Burkinshaw Thomas called a meeting to try to find a way of turning the tide of depression in the farming industry, little did he imagine that he was sowing the seeds for an annual event which would become synonymous with Bakewell and the Peak District - The Bakewell Show.
Organised by the Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society, which has its roots in that first meeting of farmers and landowners, Bakewell Show has battled through a number of crises from facing financial ruin in 1909 when the Dukes of Rutland and Devonshire agreed to underwrite the event ‘for the foreseeable future’, to the most recent foot-and-mouth outbreak during which it was one of the few shows to go ahead-without animals.
The Bakewell Show has evolved over the years from its purely agricultural origins, when local farmers and the gentry competed for titles to fill a much wider role. It is now a major agricultural and horticultural event with a wide range of animals on show along with show jumping and exhibitions of local crafts and produce.
Set in the picturesque Wye Valley, the event offers the perfect day out for the whole family, with the very best of shopping, food, flowers, crafts, country pursuits, equestrian competitions and arena displays. There are normally over three hundred trade stands.
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The Bakewell Show is a great day out for the whole family and with the continuation of our "Kids go Free" policy into 2015, the Bakewell Show is even better value than ever! In 2014 a whole family came to the show for less than a single adult ticket to a leading theme park.
Don't forget Equestrian Day on Tuesday 2nd August 2016 followed by 2 splendid show days on Wednesday and AThursday 3rd and 4th August 2016.
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Last Updated: 2 Aug 2016