The Country Fair has been established under a few different names for well over 45 years and is now using the site of the traditional Bootle Agricultural Show which took place over 60 years ago.
The Black Combe Country Fair was originally established as the Muncaster Country Fair and Sheep Dog Trails. When the sheep dog trials were struggling to fund the event they joined forces with Black Combe Beagles to enable the show to continue, with a new focus it benefitted from the kindly sponsorship of Famous Grouse Whisky for many years. The Country Fair grew stronger each year and became one of the main August Bank Holiday attractions with sheep dog trials, hound and terrier shows, a horticultural show and children’s sports. A friendly family fun day out.
From the 1970’s the show took place in the fields next to Muncaster Castle Car Park by kind permission of the Duff- Pennington family. After 30 years the show moved to Haverigg Old Air Field in 2005 and onto its current location in the foothills of Black Combe in 2008. It was when Mr John Grice offered the committee the land in Bootle in 2008 that the show was given its current name Black Combe Country Fair.
Now into its 11th year at Bootle, Cumbria the event has grown into a well-established event which combines the traditional country fair with other attractions and entertainment. The Fair has been influenced by Bootle Villagers who look forward to their day and evening on the show field. There is a great team of local volunteers working behind the scenes to make sure everyone has a great day out.
The venue at Bootle in the Western Lake District offer good access, free draining fields, wonderful views of the dramatic Black Combe and a warm West Cumbrian welcome.