Penrith Show

Penrith Show 2016


The first Penrith Show was in 1834. Since then this annual celebration is held on the fourth Saturday in July each year, with the 2016 show which I went to on the 23rd July. There is a wide variety of competition classes for farm livestock, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping, industrial and horticulture, also a host of local trade stands, the food hall and rural crafts marquee.


The Society’s aim is to promote the good of agriculture and livestock breeding in and around Penrith, to promote British Food & Farming in general and the drawing together of town and country for their mutual benefit.

Whilst retaining the tradition of a genuine agricultural emphasis, the show has gathered much momentum in recent years. Agricultural shows have always been special occasions enabling rural and urban communities to come together in a variety of competitions.

There was a variety of horse displays from horse jumping to the judging and parading round the ring.


The Main Ring hosted “Flyin Ryan Motor Cycle Stunt Show” at 2pm which was a brilliant display with Ryan and James on their motorbikes. They sped round the ring to audiences delight, they did tricks in the air and then jumped over a car…together one after each other!


The show also hosted Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling from 1.15pm in which competitors battle for prize money and trophies.

What is Cumberland Wresting I hear you ask? And how is it judged?

Cumberland Wrestling is an ancient and well practiced tradition in Cumbria and formerly known Westmorland. The starting back hold position involves the wrestlers standing chest to chest, grasping each other around the body with their chins on their opponent’s right shoulder. The right arm of each contestant is positioned under his opponent’s left arm. Once the grip is taken the umpire gives the signal to start the contest by calling “en guard”, then “wrestle”. The wrestlers attempt to unbalance their opponent, or make them lose their hold, using methods such as lifting throws known as “hipes”, twisting throws such as “buttocks” and trips like the inside click, cross click, back heel or outside stroke. This is known as a “fall”. If any part of a wrestler’s body touches the ground aside from his feet then he loses. If both fall down at once the last to hit the ground is deemed the winner. If it is unclear which wrestler hit the ground first the fall is disqualified and must be started again. this is known as a “dog fall”. A win can also be achieved if either party loses his grip on the other while his opponent still retains his hold.

The traditional costume consists of long johns and an embroidered vest with a velvet centre piece over the top. Matches are usually decided by the best of three falls.



There was also an array of vintage tractors (more on the other side of this pic!) which the drivers of the proud pieces take to the ring and do a parade.


All of the tremendous variation from agriculture to trade stands and of course the main ring attractions provide entertainment for all the family, and friends. A must to see!


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