Hodder Valley Show

Saturday 9th September 2023


By Kind Permission of The Slaidburn Estate

and Mr & Mrs T Robinson

President  : Mr John Cowking BEM


Main Ring

CLICK HERE FOR TIMETABLE The main attraction this year (2023) is Dangerous Steve Thrilling Outdoor Entertainment The Dangerous Steve Show is a great...


Cattle   Since the Cattle Section was opened to entries outside the Hodder Valley over 30 years ago, it has steadily grown over the years, from 40...

Horticulture and Crafts

Everyone flocks to the Horticultural Tent to see an amazing showcase of local talent. With almost 130 different classes, many of which change every year, the...

Food Hall

Food, Glorious Food ! Come and visit our mouth-watering Food Hall featuring a superb array of local high quality produce. Chocolates, wines, cakes, cheeses,...

Trade Stands

WINNER OF 2023 BEST TRADE STAND: J G PAXTONS & SONS Trade Stands appearing at the 2023 Show include: Abbey IcecreamBouncing Cows IcecreamClitheroe...

Vintage Tractors/Equipment

Vintage Class - Open to all   Do you have a Tractor, Farm Vehicle or any Agricultural Machinery over 25 years old?  And are you proud of...

Sheep Shearing

Taking place near to the main ring.   For more information, please contact Seth Blakey tel 07854 607620.

Matilda the Cow

MATILDA Matilda, a life size Holstein milking cow, lives in the Hodder Valley, and will be making a guest appearance at the Hodder Valley Show. Come and try...

Fun Dog Show

Classes: Enter as many classes as your owner will allow ! (enter on the day) Dog most like its owner Best Trick Best Mover Best Working Dog Best...

Sheep Dog Trials

What is more breath-taking and captivating than the working bond between the shepherd and his dog ? The sheepdog trials at the Hodder Valley Show provides our...

Fell Race

Hodder Valley Show Fell Race 2023 It's Slaidburn's turn to host the HV fell race this year. As you might expect, it's a gnarly route that will test any fell...

Slaidburn Silver Band

At regular intervals throughout the afternoon, the renowned Slaidburn Silver Band will play for your entertainment. The Hodder Valley is very proud to be the...


The Hodder Valley Show
Caption Competition 2023

caption comp 2022

The winning caption from Andrew Bolton: 

"Ewe too can buy one at Slaidburn or Dunsop village shop"


The Hodder Valley Show prides itself on being a traditional agricultural and horticultural show, and a perfect family day out, with something for everyone to enjoy. Held on the second Saturday of September each year, the Show is visited by up to 3,000 people experiencing a slice of rural life in our community.

 Now in its 77th year, the Show can trace its history back to 1864, and is unique in the fact that it is hosted by farmers and landowners of Dunsop Bridge, Newton-in-Bowland and Slaidburn in turn, such that no two years are the same. At each venue, visitors enjoy fabulous scenery with breathtaking views of our beautiful valley in The Forest of Bowland AONB. This year the Show is to held at Duckmire Farm, Chapel Street, Slaidburn BB7 3ES by kind permission of The Slaidburn Estate and Mr & Mrs T Robinson.

The Agricultural Section is a vibrant show case for native and continental breeds, with over 95 cattle and 245 sheep exhibited; over 60 sheep are entered into the YFC Sheep Classes alone. Prior to Show Day, local showmen hold a Young Handlers Workshop to give our youngsters - our future farmers - a valuable insight into the skills required for the preparation of stock at Show competition level. The livestock classes culminate in a fabulous Main Ring Grand Parade Finale.

The Sheep Shearing is always a great attraction, and this year will see the introduction of fun sheep events. The Sheep Dog Trials are also a big draw, with the dogs and handlers never failing to impress.

In the Horticultural Tent local gardeners, bakers, floral artists and school-children excel with their vast array of fantastic exhibits, whilst The Food Hall is bursting with delicious locally produced fare. Our popular Craft Tent is a treasure trove of gifts and local crafts.

The Main Ring programme educates and entertains, with new attractions each year, plus our ever-popular Vintage Tractors and Grand Parade. The main feature of this year's Main Ring entertainment is Dangerous Steve -  With knockabout crazy balancing and a thrilling fire and chainsaw juggling finale, Dangerous Steve is a tremendous crowd pleaser and fun for all the family.

New this year is the Fun Dog Show, and Fishers Mobile Farm.

Musical interludes are provided by the rousing Slaidburn Silver Band, and our traditional finale encourages exhibitors and visitors of all ages to join our egg catching competition- a sight to behold!

 All this is pulled together by our Show Committee, a non-profit making charity, of enthusiastic, hard-working farmers and friends who aim to provide our visitors with an insight into how our community works, coupled with a day out to remember.


The Hodder Valley Agricultural and Horticultural Society exists:
• To improve the standard of animal husbandry and horticultural practices.
• To foster and encourage interest amongst children and young people in agriculture and the countryside.
• To this end the Society shall organise an Annual Show and other social events

Gate Admission

Adults £15, Children (under 16) £5, Under 5's:free, Family (2 adults& 4 children): £35, Luncheon £15

 SAVE by buying tickets on-line (UNTIL MIDNIGHT THURS 7TH SEPT) :

Adults £13.50, Children £5, Under 5's free, Family(2 adults+4 children) £30

Luncheon: £13




Sponsors and Funders 2023

Dalehead Vets  The Slaidburn Estate Robert Blezard Horner Shearing Browsholme I Anson James PlacesBowland BreweryFG Rowland jayne bristol freeze brandingDugdale Nutrition Holdsworth SolicitorsLAYTHAMSUnited Utilitiesagscope banner JPeg  Assured environmental       LLM Farm VetsRibble Valley Council   Michael Hoyle  DUCHY OF LANCASTER  Gisburn Auction Mart  Ingham and York  John Swinbank Cattle Services





For further details contact Martyn tel 07817 445956