A bank holiday weekend of free activities and entertainment for the whole family is planned for this year’s Great Aycliffe Show.
The popular annual event offers an exciting programme of live entertainment which will be headlined by a performance by Bolddog Lings, a motorcycle display team. The group’s mixture of competitive racing-based action, freestyle motocross and daring aerial tricks combine to create a thrilling, adrenaline packed spectacle. Between the action, members of the public will be able to take a closer look at the bikes and meet the riders.
Visitors to the show will also feature demonstrations by Ridgeside Falconry and Ridgeside Lurchers, the highlight of which is the unique spectacle of a race between lurchers and a hawk. Animal lovers are in for another treat in the form of The Drakes of Hazard, whose skilful and fun display of Indian Runner Ducks tackling a series of obstacles will be accomplished with the aid of eager young volunteers from the crowd.
Local and national artists will perform live on-stage in The Playhouse Marquee. Dance aficionados are in for a treat on Saturday, when KDanz will present extracts from their Wonderland 2013 show and Aycliffe Dance Academy will perform a selection from their summer show. Also on Satruday, local singer Rebecca Harcus will be singing a selection of popular songs.
The Playhouse Marquee promises further musical entertainment on Sunday with local singer Ruby Arnold, the band Lost in the Crowd and 4th Dimension, whose highly energetic performance of old and new hits is sure to get the crowd swinging. Also on Sunday, international stand-up comic, Martyn James, will bring laughter to the Playhouse Marquee. For the younger audience, ever-popular Professor Nincompoop will be giving his magic shows and balloon modelling.
The show will also feature all of the usual favourites – handcraft and horticulture competitions, football competitions, pigeon, rabbit and poultry shows, vintage vehicles, environment and craft marquees, funfair, Punch and Judy, face painting, static displays, refreshments – and hopefully an abundance of sunshine! The whole Aycliffe community is involved, with local sponsors Newton Press, Cooperative Funeralcare, Bewick and Neville Pharmacy, Gregg Little Testing Centre, SS Seeds and Deco Trophies and Engraving making an invaluable contribution.
The show, which is organised by Great Aycliffe Town Council, will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August on the showfield at the Oakleaf Sports Complex. Entrance is free, ample parking is available at a cost of £1 per vehicle.
For further information, contact Great Aycliffe Town Council – tel 01325 300700 or see www.great-aycliffe.gov.uk