The Cleveland Show Round Up!

Last week Sue from the Cleveland Show talked about the show’s history, and so we thought it was only fitting that we do a recap of this year’s show. For many of us on the Askham Bryan College at Stewart Park team, this was our first time holding a stall at the show and even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits!

Since the Cleveland Show is a country show with a focus on animals, plants and vegetables, our horticulture technician Chris was the perfect person to dream up our theme. The Central Lodge has strong links to both World Wars, with the attic being used to house the 14th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiments during World War One and the Lodge being used for the storage of furniture and fire engines as well as to keep watch over the town for bomb raids in World War Two. Because of these links, Chris decided on a war effort theme with a “dig for victory” allotment! With the help of the Friends of Stewart Park, Chris spent weeks tending to her vegetable crops. Corn, peas, tomatoes, beetroot, red onion, kale and rainbow chard were just some of the offerings and were placed into the allotment bed the day before the show. In order to make our garden really look the part, we added an Anderson Shelter, complete with a backdrop, sandbags, hessian and blankets. Of course, we couldn’t have any pesky birds ruining Chris’s hard work, and so a scarecrow was born! Keeping in with the war theme, who better to have than trust old Hodges?


Our Dig for Victory Garden, Complete with an Anderson Shelter and Hodges!

Since the garden looked so good, we couldn’t let it down by just wearing our usual clothes! Chris, Francine and myself donned our breeches, hats and (rather itchy) woollen socks to become… land girls! Yes, for a day we were proud members of the Women’s Land Army and I for one loved it! Even Vincent got in on the action with a rather dashing stripy woollen vest. Great when it was cold and raining, not as fun when the sun finally came out!



Here Come the (Land) Girls!


Keep Calm and Take a Selfie!

We were so excited to offer hard hat tours of the Central Lodge all day during the show, and the turnout was so good that we even hit our target number! Thanks so much to anybody who did attend a tour that day, or any of the tours we’ve put on in the past! Unfortunately we’ve had to bid adieu to our hard hat tours as the opening date looms ever closer and the site is full of workers and heavy machinery. What better way to end the tours than a Cleveland Show special finale?

We had a great day at the Cleveland Show and want to thank Sue and Val from the show for all of their help, as well as Mike and Billy from Walter Thompson for helping out with the hard hat tours on the day.


(L-R) Billy (Walter Thompson), Lauren, Vincent, Francine, Mike (Walter Thompson), Nick (Askham Bryan College Regional Manager), Chris

Were you at the show? Did you come along on a hard hat tour? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Related post: Cleveland Show at Stewart Park

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