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Masham Sheep Fair

Started 34 years ago as a “one off” to raise money to support farmers in Africa, Masham Sheep Fair is now one of the key dates in the Yorkshire agricultural calendar and this year they are raising the “baa” even further.

This Wensleydale town is blessed with one of the largest and finest market squares you will find anywhere in England and in its heyday around 70,000 animals were sold each year at Masham’s famous sheep sales. Now, that history and heritage is celebrated once a year with a full weekend of action-packed sheepy fun and entertainment.

This year’s event is being held on the 5th and 6th October, where you’ll find a traditional sheep show, sheep racing, a craft market, fleece stalls, a wool competition, sheepdog demonstrations, an art exhibition, performances from Hand Bell Ringer and Morris Dancers, plus tours of both Theakstons & Black Sheep Breweries. There is also a flower festival at St Mary’s Church with the theme of "Harvest of Water" as well as a small children's fair.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the Bishop Blaize Procession from Maple Creek to the Square. The Bishop was the patron saint of wool combers, once one of the main occupations in the town. At 1.45pm on both days a parade will see people dressed up in the brightest of clothing, as soldiers, kings, queens and clergy to celebrate Masham's past.

With more than £160,000 now raised over the years for Yorkshire charities it’s fun and feel good event and all “ewe” need for a great day out.

FACTS

  • Date: October 5th and 6th
  • Address: Masham Square, Chapman Ln, Masham, Ripon HG4 4DZ
  • Cost: Free
  • Opening Times: 10am – 15.30 each day with a songs of praise service in the Methodist Chapel at 18.30 on the Sunday
  • Website: https://www.mashamsheepfair.com/