THIS month will see the return of the much-loved Bellingham Show.

To mark its comeback - the show has been unable to go ahead for the past two years due to Covid-19 - we've taken a look back at the popular summer show's events in recent years.

From humble beginnings back in 1842, the Bellingham Show and Country Festival has grown to become one of the most hotly-anticipated events in the county’s calendar and this year will celebrate its 180th anniversary.

In 2019, large crowds headed to the show despite concerns about the weather.

The show was under threat of cancellation after heavy rain on Friday, but organisers decided to go ahead as usual.

And from traditional music to a dramatic display from the action horses which appeared in the hit TV series Poldark, the organisers of Bellingham Show pulled out all the stops to celebrate the event’s 175th anniversary in style in 2017.

Thousands of visitors turned out to celebrate the landmark occasion, which was officially opened by folk musician Kathryn Tickell.

The organisers opted to move the show across the road from the regular venue to provide a more spacious setting for a super-sized schedule of activities.

In 2015, North Tyne musician Fiona Lander produced a new song for children to sing at the opening ceremony.

Split into sections, The Bellingham Show Song detailed all that local people love about their annual agricultural show.

The opening lyrics hark back to the show’s infancy in 1842, and references other historical milestones around the world which began in the same year.

It then chronicles the development of the show, how it started out at a venue behind the Cheviot Hotel and has grown into one of the district‘s largest shows.

This year's event will take place on Saturday, August 27 from 9am to 5pm.

The main ring attraction will be the Broke FMX motocross display team, and there will also be vintage vehicles and terrier racing.

As well as a range of sheep, horse and industrial classes, visitors will also be able to watch the ever-popular dog show and wrestling.

There will also be a craft tent, two beer tents and a variety of refreshments and food on offer, as well as the chance to listen to local bands and Northumbrian piping.Children can enjoy a range of activities and funfair rides.

Early bird discount tickets are available until August 20 here. Tickets can also be bought at the gate on arrival.