Sheepdog Trials

Bamford Sheepdog Trials Association

The Association was formed in 1943 and is a registered charity no 501880.

We hold the main Sheep Dog Trials on the Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground every Spring Bank Holiday Monday (last Monday in May) from approximately 7.30am to 6pm.

This historic, traditional event is always a brilliant day and offers a great atmosphere for all the family. It is amazing to watch the dogs and handlers at work and watch the teamwork between man and dog that has been built up over years of training. These are skills that have been passed over the generations of sheep farmers over many years.

As well as the trials you can watch a demonstration of hand sheep shearing, weather permitting, as well as a competition for the best conditioned sheepdog.

There are several side stalls selling cakes, plants, food, drink and ice creams and the newly refurbished playground is available for the entertainment of younger children.

For those who are feeling energetic enough, there is a 4.5 mile fell race at 1pm which is open to all competitors over 18 and always very popular. So why not join us for a fun family day out?

All profits are split between various local charities each year. From the 2014 trials we donated to the following:

  • Bamford Girl Guides £60.00
  • Bamford Primary School £150.00
  • Bamford Pre-school £60.00
  • Bamford Brownies £60.00
  • Bamford Cubs £60.00
  • Bamford Toddler Group £60.00
  • Bamford Old Folks £200.00
  • Woodlands Methodist Chapel £25.00
  • Catholic Church, Bamford £50.00
  • The Rest Defibrilator Fund £100
  • Bamford Christmas Lights £100.00
  • Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground Play Area £75.00
  • President’s Award (W Green Memorial) (Blythe House) £56.00

A total of £1056.00 was donated to various causes.

Plus other donation (see below)* £425.00

Making a grand total of £1481.00

* profit arising from Annual Dinner in October 2014 of £425.00 donated to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance

The Committee and Members would like to thank all our visitors, supporters and helpers, making this a memorable event in Bamford each year.

If you would like to help or have a stall at the trials please contact the Secretary.

We have an annual dinner each year which is held at the Bamford Golf Club - date to be arranged for 2017. If you would like to attend this event please again contact our Secretary.

Date of the this years Bamford Sheep Dog Trials is Monday, 29th May 2017 and we will be celebrating our

75th YEAR.

The trials started out as a comfort fund for the war time and still raises money for Bamford. In 1943 it raised £56 and 12shillings and in 2013 £1500+. Please come and celebrate with us. Past Committee members please get in touch. New Committee members and Society members always needed.


Bamford Sheepdog Trials Association