Three-day fayre and sheepdog trials open at Filleigh

THE prestigious National Sheepdog Trials and the Devon Country Fayre open in the grounds of Castle Hill, Filleigh, tomorrow (Friday) . Proceeds from the three-day event will be going to North Devon Hospice. The organisers are looking forward to welcomin

THE prestigious National Sheepdog Trials and the Devon Country Fayre open in the grounds of Castle Hill, Filleigh, tomorrow (Friday)

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Proceeds from the three-day event will be going to North Devon Hospice.

The organisers are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Castle Hill, the home of the Earl and Countess of Arran, near South Molton.


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The whole of the North Paddock in front of the impressive house will be full of activity, stands, stalls, and children's attractions. Parking is free and there will be space for more than 10,000 cars.

Each day an arena will host a variety of entertaining activities appealing to all ages, including displays of shire horses, falconry, dog agility, gun dogs, Vanessa Bee's Exmoor Ponies and Young Farmers' Challenges.

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Around the site there will be opportunities to have a go at archery with the Kenwith Archers and fly fishing with experts from Blakewell fisheries. There will be opportunities to watch ferret racing and surfing films which appealed to the "Hoff" who recently visited North Devon.

Saturday will be a special day with around 60 different tractors on display. Bob Sampson, who made the epic journey from John O'Groats to Land's End on his 1960 vintage tractor will make a special guest appearance.

Sunday will be for car enthusiasts with the arrival during the afternoon of around 100 sports and classic cars.

The wonderful gardens of the estate will be open and Nick Oliver from St John's Garden Centre will be taking tours and explaining the planting. so all novice gardeners can create their own paradise with his help. To keep children entertained in the gardens, there will be a spot the sheepdog trail.

There will also be a unique sculpture display from world famous sculptor Josie Whalley Cohen. Normally she exhibits in London, New York and other exciting venues so organisers are delighted that this exceptional display will be available for a North Devon audience.

Other highlights will include a craft marquee with an array of talent on display. The food marquee will undoubtedly tickle the taste buds as there will be a wide array of local produce on offer.

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