Welcome to the Simonside Country Fair and Hay Show website

If you haven't yet made a donation or sponsored one of the Country Fair or Hay Show activities but would like to do so for 2017,
  • please contact us.

  • Our next upcoming events are the annual Gate Hay Show on Sunday 12th February 2017 at 'The Gate' pub south of Rothbury and the Simonside Country Fair on Sunday 13th August 2017 on our new site adjacent to 'The Gate'

    All hay bales to be at the pub by 12 noon

    Judging by our Top Secret judging team commences at 12 noon

    Our wonderful Rothbury Highland Pipe Band will be playing during the judging of the bales and again later on

    All are welcome from midday and hot food available

    Grand Auction of Pledges commences at approximately 2.00pm when bidding opens for all kinds of gifts, bargains and special experiences

    There are FOUR categories in the Hay Competition:

    Seed Hay

    Meadow Hay

    Round Bale Hay


    Come on all you farmers, with over TWO HUNDRED POUNDS worth of prizes on offer for the best bales it's definitely worth your while to take part!

    As ever, all proceeds will go to local charities and good causes!

    The 2016 Simonside Country Fair held on 14th August last was a great success again with a record number of visitors, some even hailing from Australia and South Africa. They enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon with a spectacular Birds of Prey display by Falconry Days, the annual Fell Race, an energetic Tug o' War challenge and of course our (in)famous International Egg Throwing competition.Judges and visitors were impressed with the high standard of entries at the Make Bake and Grow tent, which also housed a wonderful traditional Dressed Sticks display. The ever popular Sheep Show drew large crowds once again, though the presence of an Alpaca family complete with new baby also proved very popular and extremely photogenic! Other favourites during the afternoon included the well attended Cumberland wrestling tournament, archery, clay shooting, several performances by the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band, a collection of vintage steam engines and of course the high point of the afternoon for many visitors, our annual terrier racing.

    Country Fair chairperson, Jamie Whicker, said: "The Simonside Country Fair continues to top Northumberland's shows, giving one hundred percent of its proceeds to local charities and worthwhile good causes. The Olympian efforts of our sponsors and supporters have generously made 2016 yet another bumper year. Even the weather here was better than in Rio! We will be back next year, setting even more records and raising many more thousands of pounds in support of local organisations and local people."

    The Simonside Country Fair and its February sister event, the Gate Hay Show, are run on an entirely voluntary basis and typically raise around five thousand pounds each year for local charities.