Cartmel Show 2016

What I got up to at Cartmel Show 2016

Cartmel Show is a Traditional Country Show set in the heart of beautiful South Lakeland. The Show is held on the first Wednesday in August…this year was the 3rd August and takes place on the Cartmel Racecourse.

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A Blustery day and threatening rain didn’t dampen the spirts of locals and tourists visiting Cartmel Show in the masses to see spectacular agriculture. It was estimated 6,000 people attended this years show. I was governed with the task of photographying the day, in particular the young handlers (children with their sheep) and the sheep/cattle classes along with some general shots of the day.



The show had everything from Cumberland Wrestling to Sheep and Cattle classes. Another tradition at the show was Furness Morris Men who put on a display of routine dancing for crowds at the show, encouraging others to get involved in particular the youngsters.

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A special trophy for the Champion of Champions (in the horse category) which was awarded this year in honour of their president Jean Rogers, who died in March this year. Jean was 78-years-old, of Cartmel, and was the British Horse Society North of England chairwoman, she died on March 12. For 50 years Mrs Rogers was an integral part of Cartmel Agricultural Show, as a committee member, chief horse steward and this year’s president.



Their was plenty of Livestock, Horses, Dog Show, Hound Trail, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Birds of Prey, Carriage Driving, Show Jumping, Village Industries, Trade Stands, Show Ponies, Shepherds Crooks & Walking Stick Classes, Country Crafts, Food Hall and Demonstration Marquee.





It was afun-filled day as promised along with the chance to try your hand at a variety of crafts, take part in some wrestling or see if you’re a natural at morris dancing, maybe next year for you?


© Louise Thompson Photography 2016, all rights reserved.