Hamsterley Hoppings

Hoppings 7 (2013)

Bank Holiday Sunday, 25th August, 11am to 4pm.

There are photographs on the Gallery / Hoppings 7 page.

Hoppings 6 (2012)

Bank Holiday Sunday, 26th August, 11am to 5pm.

There are photographs on the Gallery / Hoppings 6 page.

Hoppings 5 (2011)

Bank Holiday Sunday, 28th August, 10am to 5pm.

There are photographs on the Gallery / Hoppings 5 page.

Hoppings 4 (2010)

Bank Holiday Sunday, 29th August, Midday to 5pm.

There are photographs on the Gallery / Hoppings 4 page.


Click on the arrow to see a video by Andrew Glover of Lushplaces Media.

If you have any problems viewing the video, you can also see it on YouTube at Hamsterley Hoppings 2010.


There are images of the Hoppings on the Hoppings 4 Gallery page.

Competition results

Individual Scarecrow

  1. Janet Fleming with ‘Little red Riding Hood’.
  2. Barbara and Ian Shuttleworth with ‘Mr C Bumpkin’ – traditional scarecrow.
  3. Ashley and Joseph Teasdale with ‘The Butcher’.

Highly commended were Pam Million with ‘David Bellamy’, David and Ady with ‘Dracula’, the Warren family with ‘Airline Pilot’, Julia Hunter with ‘The Queen’s Garden Party’ and Angela Watson with ‘Paul the Octopus’.

Group scarecrows

  1. Linburn Caravan Site with ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
  2. Maria and Julianne with ‘Tea for Two’.

Children’s under 5’s

  1. Sally Davison with ‘Minnie’.
  2. Rosie Lister with ‘My scarecrow’.
  3. Abigail Davison with ‘Peppa Pig’.

Children’s 5-10yrs

  1. Anna Smith with ‘Sid the Scarecrow’.
  2. Ellie Jackson with ‘The Wedding’.
  3. (Joint) Bethany Dumble with ‘Spongebob’ and The Dixon children with ‘Spiderman’.


‘Scrumpy’ the Airedale terrier.

‘Name the Doll’

Jean Hislop with ‘Dorothy’.

Joey Brown Humes memorial golf trophy

Thomas Williamson.

Bernie Heslop Memorial Trophy for Best Classic Car in Show

Barrie Hope with his MGZB Varitone Magnet (1958).

Children’s Fancy Dress

1st. Saskia – ‘Camo-girl’.
2nd. Jamie – ‘Little Devil’.
3rd. Anna – ‘King Arthur’.
Runners-up: Lucy ‘The Fairy’ and Lucie ‘The smiliest Clown’.

Tug Of War:

Winning Men: Colin’s Hilbillies.

Runners up: SPAFF.

Winning Women: The Moody Mares.
Runners-up: Newhall Ladies.

H4H Name The Bear

Eleanor Spouse with ‘Ben’.


For ‘Two meals at The Cross Keys’ was won by Maria Rodriguez.

Supporters and Donators

Hamsterley Hoppings Committee would like to thank everyone who has donated prizes, given cash and otherwise supported this year’s Hoppings. This is an ever-lengthening list of generous supporters, without whose help, Hamsterley Hoppings could not raise funds for Help for Heroes, this year’s charity.

  • Helme Park Hotel, Fir Tree
  • Manor House Hotel, West Auckland
  • Teesdale Hotel, Middleton in Teesdale
  • Warrens, Hamsterley
  • Hair Haus, Bishop Auckland
  • Trimmers, Bishop Auckland
  • River Escapes, Whitehouse Farm, Stannington
  • Bishop Auckland Golf Club
  • Barnard Castle Golf Club
  • Cameo Fine Art, Bishop Auckland
  • Copley Coal Company
  • Castle Cars Taxis
  • Chris Miller Painter and Decorator
  • AG East Garage A68
  • Kenny Anderson
  • Tallentires Animal Feeds
  • Pinkneys Builders
  • Domestic rescue
  • Luminist stained Glass
  • Hamsterley Riding school
  • West Hoppyland Trekking Centre
  • Paul Krywyszyn (music lesson)
  • Grays Rural Property Services
  • Stephen Gibson Log Services
  • BTS Fabrications
  • LushPlaces Media
  • Auckside Motors
  • Bells Machine Tools, Hamsterley
  • Animal House (pet services)
  • Mark foster Entertainment
  • Petch Car Sales and Rallying
  • Ladywell Flowers
  • A & B Boilers
  • Red Ape Bikes
  • Cross Keys Inn, Hamsterley
  • Triketours UK
  • The Victoria, Witton le Wear
  • Weardale Building Supplies
  • Tyne-Tees MG Car Club
  • Del Quinn
  • Mrs G Aldis
  • Heavenly Treatments
  • Mrs F Jewitt
  • Mr P Christensen.

Grand Auction and Raffle

The Presentation / Auction Night – this was held at the Social Club on Saturday 18th September. There wee fantastic items to be auctioned off: a Rally Car ride, a Trike Tour, River Cruise, Piano Lesson – the list goes on and on as well as great raffle prizes. There was also musical entertainment.

Help for Heroes

In 2010 year we were raising funds for the charity Help for Heroes and the village.

Hamsterley Hoppings – 1854

(This is taken from a document titled ‘Parochial Chapelry of Hamsterley’. Our thanks go to Mrs. A. M. Brown-Humes for the loan of this, and a large number of other historical records.)

An annual feast or hopping is celebrated at Hamsterley, and is numerously attended by the country people around, presenting a scene of considerable animation. The following is a recent programme of the sports: –


On Monday & Tuesday, the 7th and 8th of August, 1854.

First Day – The Sports to commence with a CRICKET MATCH! for a Sweepstakes. Entrance 1s. each with £1 10s added. Each Club to give satisfaction as to every Man being a member thereof, previous to the game. Wickets to be pitched at 10 o’clock. To be entered for at Mr. John Stephenson’s, Cross Keys Inn.

A WRESTLING MATCH for £1. Open to all weights. To be entered at Mr. Edward Shaw’s Joiner’s Arms.

A DOG TRIAL for 10s. To be entered at Mr. Edward Shaws Joiner’s Arms.

Second Day – A DOG TRIAL, for £1. To be entered for at Mr. John Stephenson’s Cross Keys Inn.

A QUOIT MATCH for 5s. To be entered at Mr. Edward Shaw’s Joiner’s Arms Inn.

A FOOT RACE for 5s. To be entered at Mr. Edward Shaw’s Joiner’s Arms Inn.

AN ASS RACE for 5s.

A DOG TRIAL! for Beagle Hounds, open to all England. For a Purse of Gold not exceeding £50. To be entered for at Mr. John Stephenson’s Cross Keys Inn.

With sundry other Amusements.

The article notes:

The hoppings at Hamsterley and Byers Green are the most noted in this part of the county of Durham. In Yorkshire, such a gathering is called a wake, and in Lancashire a rush-bearing. These festivals were originally called feasts of the dedication, being always held upon the days to the saints to whom the respective parish churches are dedicated.

The word ‘hopping’ is supposed to be derived from the practise of hopping and dancing on these occasions …

… The religious tenor of these assemblages, however, seems to have been long forgotten; and climbing up greasy poles, grinning through horse-collars, leaping in sacks, and other unmentionable feats, have formed the staple of amusement. In the present day, donkey and foot racing, coursing, athletic games, fiddling, dancing, and drinking, with an occasional boxing match by way of variety, are the general pastimes …

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One Response to Hamsterley Hoppings

  1. I operate the most wonderful CandyFloss machine and stall I also have a Popcorn machine and a small striker (children’s fun game)

    Would it be possible to rent a space from you for my attractions at the forthcoming Hamsterley Hoppings on the 26th August 2012.

    Thank you for your time.

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