Sunday 8th June sees a grand village fete at Barningham combined with open gardens at Barningham Park.

Organiser Mrs Edward Milbank said "All funds raised will go towards the maintenance of the Barningham Village Church – St Michael and All Angels. The church needs the continuing support of the community in order to ensure its future viability and to provide regular services. I feel very strongly that each village needs a church, hence I have decided to run this event to raise funds".

Amongst the many attractions on offer, there will be:

  • Barnard Castle band
  • Live music and puppet show for children (shows between 1:30 - 2:15 and 2:45 - 3:15) from Martin Thorpe’s Multi Level Creative
  • BBQ lunch
  • Cream Teas
  • Richmond Brewing Company – providing a bar
  • Vintage tractors
  • Pony rides for the children
  • Traditional Children's garden games -– mini golf, coconut shy, etc
  • Barnard Castle farmers markets stalls – Just William Preserves, Loopy Lisa’s Fudge, Leaside Cheesemakers, Gingerbread Mam
  • Children's face painting
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Lucky dip

Stalls will include:

  • Shirles Shakes / hot chocolates and Richmondshire ice cream
  • Locally produced cakes, arts and crafts 
  • Plantsman’s Corner
  • Cross Lanes Organic farm shop
  • Moody Baker
  • Steff Ottevanger sculptures
  • Wellybix
  • Photographic gifts
  • Pheonix cards

The people of Barningham and the Teesdale & District Lion’s Club will be adding their support by providing manpower to marshal the event and parking on the Village Green.

If the weather is poor, there are contingency plans to press Barningham village hall into service for serving lunches and cream teas, and the coach house at the hall for the stalls, so the day can go ahead whatever the weather.

Admission is £4 for adults, children free. Guide dogs only please. The fete runs from 11:00am until 4:00pm. Barningham is situated just south of the A66 trunk road, between Newsham and Greta Bridge. Postcode for satnavs is DL11 7DW.

Special thanks go to the Head Gardner Wayne Green and his team – Hannah Rogers and Dominic Fox, plus the sponsors – Pennine Biomass and GSC Grays, and for all the support received from Bob Garton and all the helpful people of Barningham and Newsham Villages.