North East Spotlight: Keep Calm and Carry On at the Cleveland Show

I love my job because no two days are ever the same – and last weekend certainly proved that!

My office is situated in a beautiful, 120 acre park in the heart of Middlesbrough and I get to see sights like this every day…


The view from my office window 

I’m marketing a Heritage Lottery Funded project, in which the Victorian building known as the Central Lodge is being renovated. For more information on this, I’d love if you could check out the project’s blog –

We love to shout about our project and the history of the park, and what better place to do this than that at the Cleveland Show, the annual country show held in our park? Our horticulture technician picked the theme of our stand and chose to ‘Dig for Victory’! The World War Two themed allotment, complete with hen hutch and Anderson shelter, looked fantastic and really pulled in the visitors.


Our ‘Dig for Victory’ garden!

Of course, the stand wouldn’t be complete without costumes, and the feminist in me was so excited to dress up as a land girl! The Women’s Land Army was a huge part of the First and Second World Wars, as women were needed to look after the country’s farms and animals.


Land Girl Lauren!

I was quite sad to say goodbye to the costume at the end of the day, although glad to be out of the itchy wool socks!

The Cleveland Show pulls in around twenty-thousand visitors per show and the turnout this year was great, even with the weather being some of the wettest the show had seen in years!

The show is every fourth Saturday in July and with a variety of stalls, animals and activities, as well as rides and bouncy castles, it’s the highlight of the summer in Middlesbrough!

Have you ever attended the Cleveland Show? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to do for your job – I think this is definitely mine! I’d love a chat in the comments below.


Related post: North East Spotlight: Stewart Park

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