Around the showground

Everything else to see and do!

As well as all the animals on display, there’s so much to see and do around the showground. If you haven’t been to our show before, the video below showcases all the highlights from our 2018 show. If you were there, can you spot yourself?

Our thanks go to Ribble Valley Movie Makers for this wonderful video.

Here is what else there is around the showground for visitors to enjoy:

Trade stands

A wide range of products are on sale around the showground including from agricultural, outdoor and equestrian businesses. Browse the many stalls at your leisure which are mainly located around the main arena. We have a dedicated craft marquee, filled with 20 stalls of locally produced craft items and handmade goods.

Pet Dog Show

Our charity Pet Dog Show is always a very popular event. With show and novelty classes there’s something to suit everyone. Bring your dog along for a day out at the show and help raise money for The North West Air Ambulance and Doberman Rescue. Rosettes to all placed competitors and prizes donated by Harvest Animal Feeds. All first prize winners are in with a chance of winning ‘Best in Show’ held in the main arena. Check out the schedule here or on the entry forms page.

Food and drink

We aim for both high quality and wide variety in our range of foods and drinks, so as many of our stands as possible provide locally-produced foodstuffs, catering for all diets, including vegetarian, vegan, diabetic and gluten-free. With the huge choice of meals and snacks on offer in the food court, there is always something for every taste.

To eat on the go, there are traditional breakfasts, bacon butties, black peas, black puddings, chips, curries, samosas, filled baked potatoes and hog roasts. You may even like to try ostrich, bison, kangaroo or camel T-cakes!

To take home, we always have locally made Lancashire pies, cheeses and home-produced and rare breed meats, and a large selection of world food, savoury and sweet,from Asia to the West Indies, taking in China, Germany, Italy, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Spain, and Poland!

There is also a large range of home made honey and preserves to enhance them.

For those with a sweet tooth, there are pancakes and doughnuts, candy floss and fudge, home made ice cream, cakes and biscuits and a huge choice of traditional, old-fashioned sweets.

For the thirsty, a cup of freshly ground coffee, chocolate or a refreshing cup of tea is always available, as are fresh fruit juices and soft drinks, traditional home produced natural cordials, and of course a cold glass of something stronger for the adults, from one of our specialist stands or the public beer tents, supplying a large range of local real ales, lagers, ciders, and spirits.

Children's Competition and Crafts

Competitions for children can be found in the Community Marquee.

Classes are free, for all children, aged under 5 to 16 with lots of prizes, trophies and rosettes. For 2019, the theme is ‘baking’. Click here to view more details.

Entries to the baking competition can be made at home or school and brought to the Community Marquee to be displayed and judged. Our judges are Great Harwood’s own Finch Bakery.

NEW for this year is a Fairy Door Hunt across the show ground. Make sure you have a go as you can be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to our 2020 show! Click here to view more details.

We also have free, supervised, ‘Make on the Day’ craft activities, with all the materials you need and help provided.

Other activities for children

  • Junior handling competitions in most of the livestock competitions
  • Games and races in the main arena – free to enter on the day in the main arena. There will be different age categories and games will include: welly throwing, sack race and egg and spoon race
  • Fairground rides
  • Dedicated children’s entertainment marquee with Punch & Judy and The Jersey Girls – Daisy and Buttercup the talking cows
  • Birds of Prey
  • Miniature railway
  • Donkey rides
  • Face painting

Classic and Vintage Vehicle Section

Bowley Hill Trail Race


Kindly run by Trawden Athletic Club, the trail race sees runners from around Lancashire tackle the famous ‘Bowley Hill’. The race is a terrific route around 5.8 miles (9.3km) of mixed scenic paths and trail bridleways. 


If you don’t fancy taking part yourself, watch the runners set off from the main arena at 11am. The finish line is near to the main pedestrian entrance.


Entry information to the race is available here