NSA Central Region Winter Fair goes ahead despite the wintery weather

24th January 2013

Today the NSA Central Region throws opens the doors of Bakewell Mart to welcome visitors to its biennial Winter Fair. Find the Official Event Programme here.


WHAT?  NSA Central Region Winter Fair 

WHERE?  Bakewell Auction Mart, Agriculture Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH (use this postcode for sat.nav)

WHEN?  Thursday 24th January 2013, 10am-4.30pm

TICKETS: Adults  £10. NSA members £5 (on production of a current valid membership card; one card = one reduced entry). Agricultural students FOC (on production of a student card). Children under 16yrs FOC. International visitors FOC (on production of passport)

WHERE TO STAY:  Contact Bakewell Tourist Information Centre on 01629 816558 or bakewell@peakdistrict.gov.uk

HOW TO FIND US:  From the roundabout in the centre of Bakewell, take the A6 to Matlock. After passing the Recreation Ground on your left you will approach the 40mph sign and see the sign for the Agricultural Business Centre. Turn left into the approach road (Agriculture Way) and follow the road (20mph speed limit) until you reach the Agricultural Centre Building.

ADDITIONAL INFO:  Only assistance dogs will be permitted into the event; disabled carparking and toilets are available; qualified first aid staff will be in attendance; food will be available from Farmers Feast Ltd in the on-site café; there is no cashpoint or public telephone on-site.

ENQUIRIES:  Before the event, please contact Anne Payne (NSA Central Region Manager) on 01142 883241 or bobandanne@handbanktexels.wanadoo.co.uk, or Helen Davies (NSA Event Organiser) on 01938 590535, 07976 803066 or helen@nationalsheep.org.uk. On the day, please contact the event office.



10am:  Event opens to the public

10am-3pm : Young Shepherds Competition

10am-3.30pm:  Lamb Selection and Demonstration – Eblex stand – including Open Competition and Young Shepherd Competition

10am-3.30pm:  Demonstration by Signet of new scanning equipment – Texel Society Stand

10am-3.30pm: Inter Schools Junior Shepherd Competition, co-ordinated by DART

10.15am : Judging of the best trade stand and best sheep breed society stand

10.30am:  Opening Ceremony with NSA Chairman John Geldard – Auction Ring

10.45am : Judging of the Schools Wool Challenge Competition – Auction Ring

11am: Seminar:  “Liver Fluke Detection, Control and Treatment” with Lindsay Rochford, Novartis Professional Services Vet; chaired by independent sheep veterinary consultant Chris Lewis – Conference Room

12 noon Seminar: “Your Wool Board – working for you” with BWMB Producer Communications Manager Gareth W. Jones; chaired by Richard Cottrill, BWMB English Central Regional Chairman

1pm:  Announcement of Schools Wool Challenge winners – Auction Ring

1.15pm: Announcement of Best Trade Stand and Best Breed Society Stand - Auction Ring 

1.30pm Seminar: Panel Debate on “Landscape, Leisure and Livestock – have we got the balance right?” with Natural England’s Will Cockbain, John Lomas of the Peak District National Parks Authority and Charles Langtree from Nottinghamshire Wild Life Trust; chaired by NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker

2.30pmSeminar: “CAP Reform: what the industry needs” with NSA’s Phil Stocker, Defra’s David Mottershead and NFU’s Peter Garbutt; chaired by Alastair Sneddon, Bagshaws Auctioneers

3.30pm: Presentation of prizes for the Young Shepherds, Stockjudging and Inter Schools Junior Shepherd competitions – on the NSA stand

4.30pm : Event closes.


Visitors flocked to the event when it was last held in 2011.
Visitors flocked to the event when it was last held in 2011.
Stockjudging was a big attraction on the day.
Stockjudging was a big attraction on the day.