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Put your best paw forward at our Village Show

Calling all creative bakers and jam makers, our traditional Village Show returns on Sunday 8th September from 11am – 5pm. The Abbey will host thrilling competitions, marvellous market stalls and traditional fairground fun, alongside the Northampton Flower and Produce Show 2019.

Reminiscing on the community fetes held by the Bouverie family many years ago, we will draw inspiration from the Abbey’s previous owners to create an event open to all.

With children’s rides, hook the duck and a coconut shy, there will be many activities to keep the children entertained all day long. The event will welcome local charities and community groups to come and showcase their work and promote their cause.

Adults and children alike are encouraged to get creative and enter some of the delightful competitions such as preserve making and vegetable growing. Showcase your most impressive veg or most innovative flavoured chutney alongside entries from handcrafted items to the most perfect flower. Get the strawberries and cream at the ready for your entry to the best Victoria sponge category or create a miniature English garden masterpiece. Each competition will be judged by professionals in their fields from the local community and beyond.

The fun isn’t just open to us humans, our 4-legged, furry companions can put their best paw forward in the dog competition. The judge – Teddy’s Dog Care – will have the unenviable task of choosing the best haircut, waggiest tail and best dog fancy dress amongst others.

Download an entry form here or pick one up from the Visitor Welcome Centre.

Vikki Pearson, Visitor Experience Manager says; “We’re delighted to welcome the Northampton Flower and Produce Show and many different groups from the Northamptonshire community to this year’s Village Show. In addition to all the excitement of the day, the Abbey will be open all day for visitors to explore – pop in and learn all about its fascinating history.”

All in all, the Village Show is set to be full of quintessentially British fun and all are welcomed to enjoy the spectacular. With inspiration from the Bouverie family, the show will go above and beyond to encourage community spirit and some healthy competition. Whether you are entering a contest or just coming along for the atmosphere there will be something to keep you entertained all day.