The Countryside comes to Town again as Skipton holds its annual Sheep Day event on Skipton High Street on Sunday, 5th July – and this year, there are more stalls, more demonstrations, more entertainment – and plenty of sheep.
The world renowned Sheep Show returns once again – a hilarious, educational show about sheep and the history of the wool trade, featuring plenty of real sheep and shearing demonstrations.
We have spinning and weaving demonstrations this year plus drystone walling with Chris Swales.
The Young Farmers Association will be there with a display of vintage and modern tractors plus the chance for younger visitors to learn about milking cows with ‘Daisy Duke’. Corio Raptor will be on hand to educate and entertain about birds of prey...from the hawk to the owl - they know their stuff!
There will be live music and entertainment for most of the day including Skipton Brass Band, Carleton Stompers Troop and Furness Morris Dancers.
Another great attraction coming back to Sheep Day this year is our MINI ZOO - we will have rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, chickens, pygmy goats, lambs, calves, piglets, alpaca, mini donkeys and mini ponys on hand for you to pet and get more 'hands on' with feeding and being educated about these amazing animals.
A children’s fairground ride area will be present – and the regular monthly Farmer’s Market will be moving to the High Street for the day, instead of their usual spot on the canal basin.
NEW to this year we have the RED WYVERNS who usually entertain crowds at Skipton Castle, but this year will be on the High Street to guide you through a bit of Skipton's past...make sure you don't miss that! They will show you how to arm a knight and even train you in their knight school - then...well, lots of fighting and clashing swords.
This year we also have our giant Swaledale sheep puppets on show with Sammie the Sheep dog so say hi if you see them wandering around town.
Also wandering through town will be 'Farmer Giles' peering over his fence and having a good old chin-wag with passers by and the Beck-To-Beck magicians who will entertain you whilst you are walking around looking at the great stalls and sideshows.
The event is organised by Skipton Town Council, supported by funding from the Skipton Business Improvement District.
Sheep Day starts at 10am and runs through until around 4pm. The event takes place on Skipton High Street, which will be closed to traffic from early on Sunday morning until the end of the event.
All the above are subject to change and more events will be added soon.
Kimberley Wilson & Simon Storer
owners and operators of The Camberley