The first Buttermere Shepherd Meet and Show was held in 1976 at Croft Farm, Buttermere. It is organised by and primarily for shepherds, their Herdwick and Swaledale sheep and their dogs, but the general public are always welcome to attend the whole day, which does include other events such as a walking stick competition; showing of terriers, foxhounds and children’s pets; hound trailing; fell races and Cumberland/Westmorland wrestling.
Following poor weather in 2000 and then the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001, the show venue moved in 2002 to tenanted National Trust land at Lanthwaite Green, where it is still held on the 4th Saturday in October (26th in 2013). There is a Licensed beer tent, refreshments and trade stands. The day usually starts with sheep judging at about 10.30am with the fell races at 1pm and the wrestling later in the afternoon, finishing at about 4.30pm. Admission is £4, OAPs £3 and children free. Car parking is on the fields at Lanthwaite Green. For further information, please contact the Show Secretary, Pauline Blair on 01946 861630.
See here for some photos from the 2003 show and below for ones from 2010