About the Show

Birstwith Show 2016

This year the show will be held on Saturday 30th July in the Show Field, Birstwith. The show field is in between Kerry Ingredients and Birstwith Primary School, please see the contact page for more information.

A Brief History of the Birstwith Horticultural Society

Birstwith Show has a long and active history, founded in 1867 with subscriptions totalling £4 – 11s – 3d
from 59 local people (Funding events by private subscription was common at that time). A brass band,
horticultural classes, flowers and children’s classes were the order of the day.

Today, the show would be quite recognisable by a visitor from the past, although the car park and some
of the side shows and the food may be a big surprise, as would the cost of putting on the show, roughly
£3,000 a slight increase from 1867!

The spirit of the show remains, it is a really jolly day out for visitors, exhibitors and competitors, and
children particularly have a great time, even the many volunteers seem to enjoy the day, particularly in
the pub afterwards when all is tidied away for another year. We are always in need of willing pairs of
hands, from committee members to helpers in the week prior to the show and on the day.