THOUSANDS of visitors are expected to flock to Tynedale on Bank Holiday Monday for the action-packed and highly anticipated Northumberland County Show.

A major event in the agricultural calendar, the show will be held at Bywell Hall on Monday. Having in the past attracted in the region of 30,000 visitors, it will be a bustling showfield but there’s no shortage of things for visitors to get stuck into.

Agriculture is at the heart of the event and farm animals including cattle, sheep, alpacas, goats and pigs will be assessed by the judges, as well as poultry and rabbits.

Winners from the cattle, sheep, alpaca and the heavy horse sections will take to the main arena at 3.30pm for the Grand Parade to crown the champion of champions.

Meanwhile proud owners and their dogs will be taking part in the friendly dog show.

The main arena will be filled with activity throughout the day with the highlight being the Inner Hunt Relay, an action packed relay, on mirrored courses which promises to keep spectators on the edge of their seats.

The arena will also host the parade of hounds and beagles and a show of tractors through the ages.

There will be plenty of entertainment going on elsewhere on the showfield, and visitors can give fire walking a go, while there is a Zog trail for little ones, Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus’ exotic zoo animals, a climbing wall, giant spheres to bounce in, bubble football and electric go-karts.

And for visitors who wish to get their blood pumping, a 5km run will be added to the line-up of the show for the first time.