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The Great Aycliffe Show is the largest of all the events organised by the Council. It will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August during the Bank Holiday weekend as it has been for over 30 years.
This is the very last Show and we hope you enjoy what we have in store for you.
If you come to Aycliffe Show for a day out, with or without your family you can be sure that there will be something interesting for you to see and do. We have tried to add new types of entertainment each year to make your visit even more enjoyable,
Whatever your area of interest you’re sure to have a great time at the Really Great Aycliffe Show.
There is a wide variety of professional and amateur entertainment in the main arena. For this last Show, you can look forward to seeing the spectacular motorcycle stunts of Jason Smyth’s Adrenaline Tour as well as Big and Little and a marching pipe band. We also have the North East’s Strongest Man Competition to be held in a separate arena.
Jason Smyth’s Adrenaline Tour
The Adrenaline Tour – the awesome Quad and Motorcycle Stunt show, starring Jason Smyth. Jason is one of the UK’s leading quad bike and motorbike stunt riders, with many years of experience in top level Motocross.
In addition to his Motocross career he has perfected many tricks and now provides an unrivalled motorcycle display for arena entertainment.
The motorcycle stunt show includes everything from motorbike stunts with wheelies and stoppies to quad stunts which include hair raising quad freestyle jumps 30ft in the air.
Big and Little
The equine world’s answer to Little and Large – Magpie and Billy bring sparkle and razzmatazz to any event with their hilarious liberty display that has both children and adults alike in stitches. The infamous double-act perform a plethora of entertaining tricks from sitting down to bowing and they have been delighting audiences with their irresistible cheek and charm up and down the Country.
The North East Strongest Man competition
The competition will test the strength of athletes who will be asked to complete several tasks including Log Lift and Yoke and Van Lift and Hold as well as the Axle Deadlift.  Participation is restricted to the performers, members of the public are not expected to participate!
Quercus Live
Did you know that we have fairies and boggles in Aycliffe?
They have found something in Aycliffe that they like and would like to show you what it is, in the main arena on Sunday 24th August.
There will be a Quercus Live marquee on the showfield on both days of the show where you can help by adding your own artistic flair and help put the magic into a finale of an enchanting experience of dance, music and drama in the main arena.
Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership are sponsors of Quercus Live.
There are many competitions on during the Show, whether it’s making some scones, painting a masterpiece, playing golf or football, many people take part in at least one of our competitions.
The Handcraft & Horticulture Exhibition has 118 classes which cover everything from cookery, sewing and knitting to photography and art.  It also has horticulture classes for vegetables and flowers with a main prize for the best leeks.  We are expecting around 800 entries to this competition. This is sponsored by Deco Trophies and Engraving and Gregg Little Testing Centre.
The Junior Football Tournament attracts teams from all over the North East of England.  It is organised by Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre Football Club.
In the Marquees
We have environmentally focused information and displays.
The Fur and Feather marquee which houses the pigeon, poultry and rabbit entries (Sunday).  There are over 300 poultry entries, 200 pigeons and lots of prize rabbits to see.
The craft marquee has demonstrations of local crafts, some of which you can purchase. There are eleven stands demonstrating how to create patchwork, painted rocks, quilling, cards, crochet, jewellery and a host of other crafty things.
New for 2014 is the ‘Community Information’ marquee on Saturday.  There are sixteen local organisations who are there to help you, offer services and information.
The Quercus Live Marquee is where you can become part of the show by making something to help towards our artistic finale!
There is a range of activities on site, some of which are free, Punch and Judy with free face painting as well as a bungee run and maze which will also be free.
There are 33 stands and stalls outside, some will be offering items for sale, others will be promoting goods or services or raising funds for their organisations.
There will also be our ‘regulars’, the Territorial Army, Police and Fire Service and vintage vehicles, Fairground, on site catering and a host of others will also be attending.