Getting set for show time in Burniston

Organisers are gearing up for another bumper family day out at the 117th annual Burniston Show, which is being held on Bank Holiday Monday.

The event starts at 9am and is taking place at Flatts Farm on the A165 Coastal Road.

It features a huge number of competition classes, along with children’s entertainment, rides, demonstrations and numerous trade stands.

Entries have now closed for most of the classes, but there is still chance to enter in the horticulture section and in the children’s section, except for writing and photography.

Tomorrow is the cut-off date for horticulture, which features sections such as vegetables, fruit and cut flowers, along with novelty classes including the tallest thistle, heaviest marrow and unusual shaped vegetable.

The children’s section, which is divided into different age groups, features numberous classes such as a decorated biscuit, A4 painting with the subject “Under the Sea”, an edible necklace, shoe box aquarium and tie dye T-shirt.

Children’s items can be entered on the day, but organisers are encouraging people to pre-register to avoid queues.

Entry forms can be downloaded at

Trade stand secretary Mandy Ewart said: “Entries are about level with last year, but they’re up in the cavies section with 103.

“We’ve got 60 entries in horticulture, which closes on Friday, and 430 in handicrafts.”

Other entry figures include 130 for horses, 52 for sheep, 84 in the poultry section, 52 rabbits and 88 ferrets.

Mrs Ewart said: “Ferrets were new last year and they’ve proved really popular.

“The handicraft and horticulture tent is always very busy. Last year it was manic, so it’s a good idea to pre-enter for the children’s classes.”

As well as all the competition classes, the show will feature favourites such as Staintondale Foxhounds, terrier racing and birds of prey.

New this year will be Highland cattle and a display on beekeeping, which will allow people to find out more.

Mrs Ewart said: “It’s wonderful that we’ve got the beekeepers this year. It’s all about getting people interested.”

Also new this year will be a stand where youngsters can handle creatures such as reptiles and spiders.

There will be around 50 trade stands, with some selling hot food and refreshments.

Mrs Ewart said: “Last year was great. We had between 6,000 and 8,000 people through the gates.

“A lot of work goes into organising the show and we want to make sure everyone has a good day out and that they’re happy.”

Show chairman Alan Tomlinson is also looking forward to this year’s event.

He said: “It’s all going well and everything is in hand.

“We’ve had good levels of entries and everyone’s looking forward to it.

“The committee has been working hard on the plans and we’ll be on site setting up from next week.”

The show is the biggest agricultural show in Scarborough and has grown in popularity and size over the years.

Mrs Ewart said: “Burniston’s only a little village, but it’s a big show. People come from all over for it.”

The show will take place on Monday August 27 and everyone is encouraged to come along and join the fun.

Parking is available. Entry fee on the gate.