Strandhill Show – Cancelled

County: Sligo, Sligo
Event Type: Show
Event Definition: Agricultural
Start Date: 28-06-2020
End Date: 28-06-2020
Contact Person: Gerard Bellew
Phone Number: 0879431647
Email: Email Event
Website: Event Website
Facebook: Facebook Page


Due to Covid 19/ Coronavirus outbreak.
Scheduled to take place in 2021. Sorry for any inconvenience.



Strandhill show and craft fair 2020 will take place on Sun, 28th June…a fun-filled day for all the family to the people of Sligo and further afield.
In August 1997, the original Strandhill Gymkhana of olden times was revived after 42 years when, with a small committee and a lot of enthusiasm, Strandhill Gymkhana and Craft Fair was born.


The stunningly beautiful site of Lisheen House and Estate was suggested as a location by one of the original members, and with the goodwill of the Lindsay family their estate and lands became home to our show. Built in 1798 by William Phibbs, Lisheen house was for long roofless and in ruins when the Gymkhana began there, and now, in our twentieth year, we see a strong cover of ivy almost hiding the ruins completely as we prepare for this year’s show. However, the grounds and lands are as beautiful as ever, and the site remains the perfect home for the annual event that takes place here.


Recessionary times led to the demise of the equestrian element of the show, and we sadly let go of the Showing and Showjumping classes which had graced the venue for so long.


Strandhill Gymkhana and Craft Fair became Strandhill Show and Craft Fair. In replacing the equestrian events, we endeavoured to maintain the ethos of a country show, and to best use the extensive lands available to us.


Innovative ideas to cater for current trends, such as cross-country family runs and Stand Up Paddling on the shores of Lisheen, have been added to our long-running favourites such as the Dog Show, Farm Tasks Competition, Home Industries competitions, Craft Marquee, small animal enclosures, Childrens’ Entertainments, D.J. and the live performance by Sligo Concert Band who close the show each year to great acclaim.


Almost twenty years on, several of the original committee members still work on the event, and we are fortunate to have added additional – and younger! recruits to the team. We continue to endeavour to create an unforgettable country day out for the general public, and most especially for families.


Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland.





Craft fair contact into: Maura Gilligan:, Tel: 087 245 4356




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