Having been a resident of Sedgefield all my life, it is my great shame and embarrassment to admit that there are some northern traditions that I have never taken part in.
I have never been to Beamish, not even on an obligatory school trip; I have never been to the races and I have never been to Sedgefield Show. This has usually been because my family have been on holiday at this time, or I’ve been working, but in 2018, I finally had the chance to go and see what the show has to offer. Over the past few years I’ve heard a lot about how fantastic the show is, the various categories of animals, local produce and community groups, and the different competitions; not to mention the rides, games and food on offer. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent walking round the Show field.
The variety of animals in the different tents was astounding, so many breeds; I spent an hour or so watching the horse and dog competitions and was fascinated to see how the judges chose the winners of the huge amount of different categories. The community was out in force, promoting the amazing work that goes on in Sedgefield, alongside local artists, craft makers, and produce companies (I bought a bottle of Toffee Vodka that has gone down well with my friends; it tastes like a Crunchie Bar!) I didn’t go on any of the rides, they are best left to the kids, but the atmosphere was fantastic and the day itself kept fine, weather wise. The show was busy, but the organisation was so slick, and so well managed that the day seemed to run without a hitch.
There is so much to see throughout the day and lots for families to do. I’m so glad that I finally got to attend this fantastic event and am already looking forward to next year.
As you can see below right, Sedgefield Cricket Club’s Beer Festival, open Friday 6-11pm & Saturday / Sunday 1pm – 11pm, is back for a 4th year, with an astonishing range of brews as well as Prosecco and in a vintage truck, Sedgefield’s very own Sanction Gin. Following last year’s very successful Festival, the indoor and outdoor bars return, and include a wine bar. Beer token cards will be used at all bars.
Sedgefield Rugby Club will play two games on Saturday afternoon and food will also be on offer over the weekend; hog roasts on Friday & Saturday from Robinsons of Wingate and hot carvery sandwiches on Sunday. Refugees from Muddy Mayhem are welcome! For children there’s a free bouncy castle and The Ryder Cup will be shown along with live Premier League football. A very busy weekend is expected but there’s plenty beer for all tastes and palettes, all sourced from local Breweries, selected with the help of the Three Brothers Brewing Co.
Sedgefield Cricket Club is a not-for-profit organisation and a team of dedicated volunteers put together the Festival. Beers are sponsored by local companies and profits help fund the maintenance and running of the Club.
The 42nd Sedgefield Drama Festival takes place from the 11th to 15th September, and promises to be full of drama, comedy and tragedy. 10 plays will be performed across the week. The full programme is below.
In other players news, the group are currently looking for new members, particularly men on stage, or those interested in the technical side of performance, the lighting and sound, off stage. If you are interested in joining a local, award winning group, please come along to the festival and see what we’re about. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise a warm welcome awaits you. The Players perform 4 times a year: the Pantomime at Christmas, March & June productions and the Drama Festival in September.
Tuesday September 11th
Sedgefield Players Youth Section – Daffodil Scissors by Philip Ridley
Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society – Act 1 of Teechers by John Godber
Wednesday September 12th
Sedgefield Players – Beata Beatrix by Gillian Plowman
Holmside Productions – Her Vote by HV Esmond
Holmside Productions – How the Vote was Won by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St John
Thursday September 13th
Sedgefield Players – War Brides by Marion Craig Wentworth
Cliffe Theatre – After the Flags and Bands by Allan Williams
Friday September 14th
Statement Drama Company – Dearth of a Salesman by Albi Gorn
Bananadrama – De-friend by Shari Gledhill
Bananadrama – These are the Days by Shari Gledhill
Saturday September 15th
Final adjudication by Colin Dolley of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators