• About The Show

    Eskdale Show is the oldest and premier show for Herdwick sheep. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Eskdale fells we have something for everyone. The next show will take place on Saturday the 28th September 2024

    Brief History

    The show has been running almost continuously for 155 years and it was founded to improve the breed of the local Herdwick sheep. The World Champion Herdwick was first awarded in 2016 and In 2018 the show had its first all female judging team.


    The show is held near the King George IV Inn, Eskdale, Cumbria. You can find more detail of our location and a map by clicking "Find Us". Admission charges will be published later this year.

Welcome to Eskdale Show

Eskdale Show is a traditional Lakeland show that was founded in the 1800's. Whilst there is a large element of the show centered around competitions for the best Herdwick Sheep, athletic events and produce, it is also very much a social occaision and the highlight of life in the valley.  You can find various information about the show from the menu at the top of the pages including some tasty recipes for Herdwick Mutton. Why not come and join in and get the craic or browse the numerous stands and stalls?

We have classes for Herdwick sheep, foxhounds and terriers, poultry, vintage machinery and vehicles, handicrafts and cookery. This is coupled with hound trails where trained hounds race following the scent of aniseed over the surrounding fells, children's sports events, traditional wrestling and challenging fell races.

Tensions can run high as the sheep judging begins, but with a beer tent on site the day is a time of celebration. Acquaintances are renewed and new friends are made as the show is well attended by locals and visitors alike. Links to the past are maintained with displays of old farm machinery and engines, together with displays of traditional crafts. With plenty to keep the kids amused and a tent full of tea and marvellous cakes this really is a day out for all the family. Also, make sure to visit our facebook page here

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