Diary and Events

Wednesday 3 Sedgefield WI, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 7:15pm. Sarah Steel talks about “Modern Textiles”. Members competition: a pretty scarf. Visitors are always welcome £4.
Thursday 4 Ferryhill, Sedgefield & District Flower Club, “Summer Sizzle”, in the garden at 7 Hurworth Place, Hurworth DL2 2DG. Afternoon will include: flower demonstration; cake and tea; and raffle. £5 per person. Tickets from Sandra 07533 752870.
Sunday 7 Sedgefield Farmers Market, Village Green, 8:30am-12:30pm.
Monday 8 DIDO, Sedgefield Parish Hall, 1pm until 3:30pm. Celebrating the 60s (60s fancy dress optional). Call 07597 116847 or 01740 629574 for details.
Wednesday 10 Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch, Sedgefield Social Club at 7pm.
Saturday 13 167th Sedgefield Show, The Robert Brown Show Field, open to the public from 9:30am. Everyone welcome.
Thursday 18 Sedgefield Memory Café, Sedgefield Fire Station, 10:30am- 12pm. For those living with dementia and their carers. Friday 26 Sedgefield Village Veterans, coffee morning, Sedgefield Parish Hall, from 10am
Friday 19 Sedgefield Rock & Blues club featuring superb live music from the Alex Hamilton band and emerging blues artist of the year, Emma Wilson. Tickets £15, pints of real ale and lager £3. For more information and to buy tickets click here.
Sunday 21 Family Fun Afternoon, Ceddesfeld Hall, 1pm to 4 pm.
Sunday 28 Cricket Club Charity Day in aid of prostate cancer. Hosted by Gary Philipson of Radio Tees. Events inc cricket, tug of war, welly hoy, 60s band. Families welcome. Free entry.

More dates for your diary

Local Agricultural Show continues to grow as it hits its 167th Year
The 167th Sedgefield and District Agricultural Show on Saturday 13 August 2022 and has already attracted a large amount of interest and support.

The Show, which takes place in the Robert Brown Show Field, West Park, Sedgefield promotes the talents of local community as well as showcasing rural life with exhibits of the best local produce, livestock and wares.

Gates open at 10am and car parking is free. Tickets are available on the gate with Adults £8, children over 5 and concessions £6, family tickets are £20 for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

The exhibition marquees open at 12 noon and attendees will be able to enjoy watching a variety of activities including a full range of competitions and displays comprising of agricultural classes for horses, ponies, vintage tractors, horticulture and a “Crufts Qualifier” dog show.

The cattle and sheep classes once again make a return this year, along with the heavy horses.

The show offers something for all the family to enjoy. There will also be several marquees with craft stalls, horticultural displays, home produce and handicrafts. The popular food hall makes a return this year where there will be a vast range of local and regional delicacies on offer. In the horticulture marquee visitors can view the prize vegetables, home and farm produce that will be on display, along with outstanding floral arrangements.

In the craft tent, there will be a vast array of baked goods and crafts exhibits showcasing lots of local talent. A wide range of stalls offering designer individual products will also be present in our shopping marquee. The Funfair will be present along with many other fun activities. Food and a wide range of refreshments are available on site.

More Local Events through August & September

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England – Bishop Auckland
A mighty potted history of England’s past re-enacted in a stunning setting Every Saturday from 6th August to 10th September 2022.

Seaham Food Festival 2022 – Terrace Green, Seaham
Outdoor food stalls & appearances from celebrity chefs including Jean-Christophe Novelli Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August

Stone Valley Festival North – Ushaw Historic House Gardens
Live music featuring huge names over 3 days with camping. Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August 2022

Unity is Strength: Durham Miners' Gala – Bishop Auckland
A celebration of Durham’s ‘Big Meet’ in mining art at the Mining Art Gallery Each Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00 until December https://aucklandproject.org/whatson/unity-is-strength-durham-minersgala/

Awful Auntie – Raby Castle
Outdoor staging of David Walliams’ hit Awful Auntie for children aged 7+ Friday 12th August 6.30pm

Superworm Walk – Raby Castle
Guided castle walk with emphasis on creatures from Julia Donaldson’s Superworm
10.30am & 1.30pm Monday 8th August 2022
https://www.raby.co.uk/events/ superworm-book-walk-bright-woodsforest-school-cic/

Arts Update with Geoff Millichap

SIRF in Stockton

The Stockton International Riverside Festival crashes onto Stockton high street from the 4th August to the 7th. This year’s event, as usual, showcases a packed calendar of outdoor arts, performers, music, theatre, acrobatics and a lot more, all free of charge.

The festival is now a longstanding favourite on Teesside. It arrived in 1988, inspired by the popularity of similar street festivals operating across Europe, and this year will be the 35th staging. As usual, no holds will be barred.

If you have never attended the event it is difficult to envisage how dramatic & visually arresting it can be to witness acrobatics performed in an everyday setting.

Think smoke, confetti cannons, high-wire hijinks; a giant mobile adorned with real people, with explosions of colour and stunning music. The festival opens with a bang on Thursday 4th with Tawa, brought to you by Gratte Ciel, one many international troupes to have travelled from overseas to participate in 35 shows staged over the four-day programme of events.

There is a lot more to the festival than circus skills, however. The schedule is packed with acts to beguile and intrigue as well as to astonish & it is the variety of events that make it a firm favourite with young and old. From comics, clowns, synchronised swimmers, art installations, acrobats, kite puppets, augmented reality dancers, performance parkour, stilt walkers, dancers, pottery, brass music… there is truly something for everyone. Consistently creative and endlessly imaginative, SIRF has been described by the chief executive of the Arts Council England as the “world’s best international festival of outdoor art” & it all takes place just a few miles from Sedgefield. All events are free but some are ticketed - Visit https://www.enjoyteesvalley.com/event/stockton-international-riverside-festival-sirf for details.

Hardwick Festival 2022

Certainly the highest-profile live music event of the year for the village, Hardwick Festival has become a highlight in the cultural calendar of the north-east, with seemingly an ever more prestigious line-up each year.

Hardwick Festival ‘22 features global headliners such as Stereophonics, The Specials, Jake Bugg, Seasick Steve, and The Proclaimers to name just a few, as well as an extensive DJ line up, a soul tent and an ‘introducing’ stage showcasing upand- coming voices from the northeast like Hayley Mckay, Kieran Bowe & The Voluntears.

One of a number of festivals to have sprung up in recent years with families firmly in mind, Hardwick Live is

the perfect setting for seeing live bands while also catering to children’s needs, with a dedicated arena for kids in the woods, face painting, food stalls & children’s entertainers. Each year crowds flock to the site but tickets are still available for both days, visit https://hardwickfestival.ticketline.co.uk/ for tickets & times.

BAMS ‘22 Concert Series

Bishop Auckland Music Society rounds out the 2022 concert series by welcoming the multi awardwinning Mithras Trio.

Formed in 2017 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the trio comprises cellist, pianist & violinist, all accomplished & experienced performers.

They took first prize at Trondheim International Chamber Music competition with extensive repertoire including Shostakovich, Beethoven, & Tchaikovsky.

Tickets: https://bvemv.orpheusweb.co.uk/BAMSWeb/bams.html Friday 2nd September 2022, 7.30pm Bishop Auckland Methodist Church.