Muker Show - September

Muker Show is a small, friendly agricultural and horticultural show and is always hosted in Muker on the first Wednesday of September.

In 2018 it will be held on Wednesday 5th September and the show ground is situated in the first two fields behind the village on the way to the River Swale.

Scroll further down the page to see the usual Muker Show Day Itinerary. For exhibit entry information and full details, please visit


Why is Muker Show so special?

Muker Show is certainly one of a kind; one that involves the whole community, without which, there would be no show at all. In 2018, it will mark it's 113th year thanks to the help of 4 committees;  some 82 people – about 90% of them are involved on the day making sure each aspect runs smoothly. Everyone from all ages gets involved with the organising, the setting up and the taking down again after, and it is always a day to remember.

But it's not just for locals, oh no. Muker Show attracts hundreds of visitors each year, and it is a fantastic and friendly atmosphere. The day starts off with the Muker Silver Band playing at 10am outside The Farmers Arms. They then parade through the village, followed by the judges, stewards, locals and visitors, onto the Show field; celebrating the opening of that year's Muker Show Day. We are open by 10am for this annual occasion.



The closing of the Show is at 5:30pm, with 'Community Singing' alongside Muker Silver Band, outside the front of The Farmers Arms. A truly memorable occasion!



Muker Show Day at The Farmers Arms

2018 will be our 1st Muker Show at the other side of the bar, and your patience and understanding is much appreciated on what is renowned for being the busiest day of the year. Please bear with us on the day as we try to deliver our normal high standard of food, service and beer with the help of lots of friends and family who give up their time, re-arrange work committments and travel a fair distance to come and help us. We are going to run with Darren and Emily's (the previous owners) system this year- we saw it in action last year from a  customers perspective and it worked very well with good feedback from visitors, so here's how the day works.....

Drinks - during our peak times on Muker Show Day, we have 7 people behind the bar, yes 7 - with thanks to friends and family who give up their time and travel to come and help. We kindly ask that you order your drinks from our friends working the tills (look out for the 'order here' signs), and usually, depending on how large your drink order is, your drinks have been poured by the rest of the team behind the bar and you can sometimes have all your drinks order in front of you by the time you receive your change. 

Queueing system. Don't be put off by a queue! It's a system that we've used for the last six Summers and it works well. The queuing system at both tills means that it is fair, as there is no random 'jostling' to be served at a random gap at the bar, and the fact that you have a team of 3 pouring your drinks order means you get it that much quicker and the queue disappears faster. Win Win!

Plastic Glasses - Due to the sheer volume of people at 4:30pm at the pub when customers start to arrive to hear Muker Silver Band play outside the pub, we have to resort to plastic glasses, this is for health and safety reasons and the fact we don't have enough glassware/space to offer glass all day. Please be understanding, as it is usually only for a couple of hours before we can move back onto glass again.

Food - We serve a limited menu to normal, from 12-3pm and are usually able to resume the same menu at 7pm until 8:30pm. For menu details   >>click here<<

Our Day - 

10am - We open. 

10am - Muker Silver Band play outside the pub and lead the procession onto the show field.

12pm - 3pm - We serve a limited menu to normal, both hot and cold meals (click here for menus)


4:30pm PLASTIC GLASSES ONLY from 4:30pm until 7pm.

5:30pm - 6:30pm Muker Silver Band leads community singing outside The Farmers Arms.

7pm - 8:30pm - We serve the same limited menu as lunchtime and can offer take-way should there be a lack of seating available.


Thank you

A huge thanks to family and friends who  re-organise work/meetings etc. and in some cases travel a fair way just to come and help us out. And a massive thank you to our superb team in the kitchen who go above and beyond to make sure we get it right not just for Muker Show but throughout the year. We hope you all know that we appreciate it.


Muker Show Itinerary

The usual Muker Show itinerary is as follows:

8:8:00am - Tents open for exhibits

9:00am - Judges Reception in Muker Public Hall 

10:00am – Procession of officials and judges, led by Muker Silver Band from The Farmers Arms 

10:00am - Tents Closed for Judging. Cars to be off the show field.

10:00am – Sheep Judging Commences

10:30am - Invitation Sheep Dog Trials – Bottom Field

10:30am - Tractor & Implement Judging


10:30am – 2:30pm - NEW Public Sheep Judging Competition – Have a go at sheep judging yourself!

11:00am - 12:00pm - Muker Silver Band play on the field

11:00am - 2:00pm - Stone Walling Demonstration

11:30am - Young Judges (Sheep) Competition followed by Junior Sheep Handling Competition 

12:00pm approx - Tents Re-open for Viewing

12:00pm - 3:00pm - The Farmers Arms pub serve food (limited menu - hot and cold)

12:30pm - Luncheon for Officials

2:00pm - Children's Fancy Dress Parade (Open)

2:00pm - Quoits Competition (Open)

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Muker Silver Band play on field

2:15pm – Reeth and Gunnerside Schools Dancing Display

2:30pm - Children's Sports

2:30pm – Working Dog Type Judging (Open)

3:00pm - Open Primary Fell Race (Under 12’s)       

                Followed By: Open Under 14's Fell Race

                Followed By: Open Under 17's Fell Race

                Followed By: Open Senior Fell Race

3:30pm - 4:30pm - Muker Silver Band play on field


5:30pm – Community Singing – The Muker Silver Band play outside The Farmers Arms

7pm – 8:30pm – The Farmers Arms aims to resume food service with a limited menu if seating is available. Take-away service also provided.


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