Saturday 8th October 2022

Wasdale Head Show
Wasdale Head Show
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Wasdale Head Show & Shepherd's Meet

There has been a “Shepherds Meet” at Wasdale Head for over 100 years, little is known of the early years other than that it was originally held in “The Chicken Field” which is the right-hand field just over the old packhorse bridge.

It is believed that the “Shepherds Meet” started off with farmers from Wasdale meeting the farmers from the adjoining valleys of Ennerdale, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Eskdale and possibly Langdale, who walked their Tips (Rams) over to Wasdale Head to trade them, swap them or hire them. This is why the show is held so late in the year, Tip Lousing (Letting the rams loose with the ewes) in the valleys being in November so lambs being born in April. In all probability the showing of sheep also started in the early years and possibly also the showing of shepherd’s dogs, Hound Trailing would also have been introduced in these early years.

There were no Shepherd’s Meets or Shows in WW2 and in 1947 The Wasdale Head Show and shepherds meet restarted in its current location. With farmers having motorised transport, the practice of walking sheep to the show soon all but died out but this also made the Show more accessible and therefore it started to grow. Cumberland and Westmoreland Wrestling and the Fell Race would have been introduced soon after WW2 and at this time the traditional singing took place in the dining room at The Wastwater Hotel (Now The Wasdale Head Inn). Children’s sports were introduced in the 60’s, soon followed by classes for none working dogs as well as the terrier racing.

More Trade Stands starting making appearances and what was once a shepherd’s meet became the show it is today with the latest two major changes being the “The Craft Barn” (to give traders somewhere dry to set up their stall in times of inclement weather) and the introduction of the vintage classes.

All of this has broadened the appeal of the show and what was once a simple gathering of farmers is now a great family day out where the show committee endeavour to maintain the traditions and history of the event but at the same time offer something for everyone.

View The 2022 Results Here

What's On

  • Herdwick Sheep Classes 10am
  • Sheepdog, Terrier and Pet Classes 1pm
  • Fell Race 2.15pm
  • Terrier Racing
  • Children's Sports 12.30pm
  • Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling 4pm
  • Vintage Classes
  • Cumbrian Crafts & Produce Stands
  • Hand Trails from 2pm
  • Meet the Alpacas
  • Refreshments and Licenced Bar on Field
  • Free off Field Parking
  • Admission £5.00 Under 12's Free


Sheep Classes

  • 1. Best Aged Ram
  • 2. Best 2 shear Ram
  • 3. Best Shearling Ram
  • 4. Best Ram Lamb
  • 5. Best 2 Aged Ewes
  • 6. Best 2 Two Shear Ewes
  • 7. Best 2 Shearling Gimmers
  • 8. Best 2 Gimmer Lambs
  • 9. Sheep with the Best Mouth
  • 10. Best Ewe, Shearling Gimmer and Gimmer Lamb to be shown in natural colour.
  • 11. Best 2 aged Ewes, 2-Shear Ewes, Shearling Gimmers and Gimmer lambs.
  • 12. Best 4 Rams – one of every age.
  • 13. Champion Male
  • 14. Champion Female
  • 15. Overall Champion

Judging to commence from 11am

Show Secretary Enquiries

Dogs Steward Enquiries

Field Enquiries

Heather Naylor-Lopez

t: 019467 26244
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