Countdown to country fayre and sheepdog trials

THE English National Sheepdog Trials are coming to North Devon for the first time in their history later this month. The magic of One Man and His Dog will be re-created in the magnificent grounds of Castle Hill Estate at Filleigh from August 21-23. Around

THE English National Sheepdog Trials are coming to North Devon for the first time in their history later this month.

The magic of One Man and His Dog will be re-created in the magnificent grounds of Castle Hill Estate at Filleigh from August 21-23.

Around 150 dogs from all over the country will be competing for the honour of being proclaimed England's best.

To complement the three-day trials, a Country Fayre is being organised on the field in front of the magnificent house. Within the Fayre, there will be a craft marquee crammed with all sorts of goodies, a food marquee filled with mouth- watering samples from some of North Devon's leading local food producers.


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The whole event will raise money for North Devon Hospice, and head of fund-raising Ali Hunt, is excited about just how much will be on offer to visitors. "

As well as the sheepdog trials and country Fayre, there will also be an arena with activities scheduled throughout the day with displays of falconry, dog and ducks, shire horses, dog agility, gun dogs and special demonstrations on positive horsemanship from Vanessa Bee." she said. "North Devon's traditional rural skills will be represented at the Fayre with demonstrations of dry stone walling, cobblestone paving, cob and rendering, woodworking and other skills, and there will also be the chance to have a go at many of them yourself. Whichever way you look at it, there is so much to do at this event that you may need more than one day to do it all!"

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Ali said it would be a perfect event to entertain the children during the summer holiday.

"There will be a special garden trail for them to follow through the grounds of Castle Hill and lots of interactive activities, along with face painting, trampolines and lots more," she said.

"So there's plenty to keep them entertained,and the best news is that children under 16 go free!"

Nick Oliver of St John's Garden Centre in Barnstaple will be taking guided tours around the grounds and giving his expert advice on planting.

Special events are being planned for the Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday there will be a huge tractor display with more than 50 tractors of all shapes and sizes, while on the Sunday a wide array of classic and sports cars will be on display.

A wide range of local businesses will have display stands, including Mole Valley Farmers, which is sponsoring the event.

All profits from the event will go towards the work of North Devon Hospice which supports more than 100 local people every day.

To get advance tickets at a specially discounted price for this event, pop into any North Devon Hospice shop, or a branch of Mole Valley Farmers. Alternatively, visit www.ticketzone.co.uk or call 08444 999955.

Tickets will also be available on the day, with accompanied children 16 years and under free.

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