The World Sheepdog Trials take place just once every three years, and showcase the world’s finest sheepdogs and their handlers putting them through their paces.
The World Sheepdog Trials take place just once every three years, and showcase the world’s finest sheepdogs and their handlers putting them through their paces. This year it is to be held on the magnificent Castle Howard Estate just outside York. Featuring over 200 listed buildings and monuments, the estate lies in nearly 9,000 acres of farmland, woodland and parkland within the Howardian Hills; a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
We’ll take you to and from the trials each day, unless you fancy taking the opportunity to visit
the beautiful ancient city of York, or take part in any of the other excursions we have lined up
We have pick up points in Newtown (subject to numbers), Welshpool and Oswestry with many additionaly points in-between. Please let us know if you have a preferred pick-up point and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Set in eight acres of woodland just ten miles north of the ancient city of York, the Best Western 3* Burn Hall Hotel boasts two fabulous restaurants serving fantastic local food and drinks, extensive gardens and a terrific terrace. The hotel has a reputation for outstanding customer service and is renowned for being a brilliant base from which to explore the delights of Yorkshire; England’s largest county.
All aboard, we’re off to Yorkshire! On our first day we’ll travel north, just past the stunning ancient city and former capital of England; York, where you will be given a proper Yorkshire welcome at the luxurious Burn Hall Hotel.
Let the Trials begin – an early breakfast for those going to see the Sheepdogs, while others can take advantage of a day-trip to the beautiful nearby spa town of Harrogate. Famed for its Roman Baths as well as Betty’s Tea Rooms and a host of charming individual shops, Harrogate is also home to many galleries and some outstanding architecture.
Another early start for the trialers, the rest of the group has the chance to go on a day trip to the beautiful seaside town of Whitby; home to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and of course Scampi.
Those attending the sheepdog trials will be used to an early start by now, whereas the others can enjoy a more leisurely breakfast before a short trip to Hawes and a visit to The Wensleydale Creamery, home of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. After a spot of lunch we will then make our way onto the small market town of Thirsk, which was also the home of renowned vet, James Herriot.
It’s the last early start and it’s finals day in the Sheepdog trials. For those who don’t fancy that there is a free day in York in which you can enjoy a huge range of activities and entertainment including the famous York Minster, the Jorvik Viking exhibition and, for those who didn’t make it to Harrogate, there’s another of Betty’s Tea Rooms!
After what the trialers might consider a late breakfast, it’s time for us to be homeward bound today, stopping in Bakewell for lunch and the opportunity to sample one of the town’s famed Bakewell Puddings – or are they Bakewell Tarts? Here’s the place to settle it!