Host of new attractions at Corby Glen Sheep Fair

Corby Glen sheep fair crowds gather in Market Place
Corby Glen sheep fair crowds gather in Market Place

Corby Glen Sheep Fair - the oldest festival of its type in the country - has been given a makeover this year in a move to attract more young people.

The main event, on Sunday October 5, will feature a host of new attractions, including a giant climbing tower, floating zorbing balls, and bike-pulled barrel rides.

Two top bands will play on stage and, there will also be a showcase for young singers and dancers.

Long-standing, popular attractions will continue alongside the new features, including clay pigeon shooting, a classic car show and craft and food stalls.

A beer festival will take place throughout the weekend at the Fighting Cocks pub, where acclaimed Oasis tribute band Noasis will play on Saturday night.

Andrea Day, entertainments co-ordinator of a newly formed committee for the 776th sheep fair, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s event. We have a number of attractions new to Sheep Fair and we have a new wristband system so visitors can enjoy the climbing tower, zorbing balls and barrel rides at a discounted price.

“Animal lovers can see search dog demonstrations, enter their dogs in the dog show, let their furry friends have a go at a dog agility course and see some magnificent birds of prey.

“All in all, it’s going to be a fantastic weekend celebrating local talent, trade and tradition.”

Grantham MP Nick Boles will open the event this year.

The sheep fair is steeped in history and is the oldest of its kind in the country.

To find out more, including information about local trade stalls, visit the website: www.sheepfair.co.uk