2024 Champ Show and Autumn Garden Party and Open show Bumper Bernese Bank Holiday Weekend

Information is gradually growing for our Open and Champ Shows over our Bumper Bank Holiday Bernese week-end at the end of August. Held at the huge venue of Hollowell Steam Rally site in Northamptonshire.

Some overall information for the week-ends events can be found below and the schedule, on line entries and more specific details of the shows are now available on Fosse Data via the links in the titles below.

Please note these are all outdoor events with limited cover in the event of bad weather. There will be scope for day tents or personal gazebos, up to 3×3 metres around the main ring and parking as close to the ring as possible will be allowed as long as conditions allow.

We can now offer blood sampling for HS/DM testing and vaccination titre testing on the day of the Championship Show and the afternoon of the Garden Party. Details to follow soon. 

The club’s Bernershop will be present on all days for club and breed marked clothing and other memorabilia

If you are interested in our breed you are welcome to visit without a dog, or with other breeds and Sunday is your best day for this as there will talks about the breed for enquirers or beginners as well as lots of owners for you to talk to to get a broad impression of the Bernese Mountain Dog.


The long week-end will include…….

Saturday 24th August – Autumn Open Show with Members Awarding

to give 2 chances to show for the prize of one travel cost. Our Show Judge is Lois Wilson and Special Members Judge Michelle Copeland (Maxjabar).

Open Show kindly sponsored by Royal Canin who are offering vouchers for class winners









Click here to go to Royal Canin’s web site for more information

Entry Postal Closing Date: Friday 26th July

Online Entry Closing Date: Midnight Monday 5th August


Saturday Evening  – Pre Garden Party, Party

Happy friendly social evening event with food, fun and games – a chance to relax with friends old and new. Booking details to follow when available.


Sunday 25th August – Autumn Garden Party

All the usual fun and working events, and a few weeks earlier than usual, so should be warmer evenings for the campers. Camping and event details to follow when available.


Sunday Evening – Autumn Garden Party

Not announced yet but a little bird tells me that there may be something social happening on Sunday evening as well. Watch this space for details as soon as they are available.


Bank Holiday Monday 26th August – 2024 Club Championship Show with Limited Obedience Show

Utilising the Bank Holiday to host the big finish to the long Bernese week-end with our

Championship Show judge well known Bernese exhibitor, Di Atherton (Athersbern).

Limited Obedience Show judged by Karen Hayward

JHA Junior Handling judged by Donna Hughes

Lunchtime Champions Parade

Blood Sampling for the breed’s international Histiocytic Sarcoma Test, DM and other conditions plus Vaccination Titre testing

This Championship Show is kindly sponsored by Burns

Entry Postal Closing Date: Friday 26th July

Online Entry Closing Date: Midnight Monday 5th August


Show Secretary for both shows is Karen Bird who can be contacted via Secretary@bernese.co.uk for queries not covered by the schedules


Some General weekend Information

Like all outdoor venues Hollowell is at its best with good weather but this setting is amongst the most scenic available for any show and this adds to the relaxing feel good factor of this event. We have received many favourable comments about the panoramic backdrop to the show.

Many people choose to make a long week-end of their visit mostly by camping or caravanning, but a few staying in local hotels or B&Bs, and some stay for 4 or 5 days or even longer to get a good Bernese fix and enjoy the social time! Booking details for the camping and the Saturday evening event will be available from here soon.

All are welcome to attend all or any days whether taking part or just enjoying the Bernese atmosphere and with or without dogs. The Garden Party has chances to learn about the breed and ask questions, Rescue information and Health information stands and both will be answering queries and selling items to raise money for the best causes in our breed. The club’s Bernershop will be present on all three days with a constantly changing and massive stock of club and breed related clothing and memorabilia and a selection of food and drink will be available throughout the whole week-end. Each day will have a raffle for which contributions will be gratefully received.

If you have never been to a Garden Party or Show week-end you can look up previous events on this web site or glance through this small selection of photos from our last few events at Hollowell.


All people and dogs are welcome

Whilst primarily a Bernese based event, dogs of all breeds are welcome to join in the relevant fun and working events on Sunday or attend the shows but to comply with KC show regulations they will need to obtain a visitor dog pass for the show days, (from the Secretary’s table).

Casual ‘on the day’ entry to the event and parking is free so if you are thinking about making a Bernese a part of your family why not come and see lots of show, working and pet Bernese on a day out with thei r families’ to get a real flavour of the breed.

We also have much to do to prepare the venue for the week-end’s events so all offers of help are really appreciated especially when putting up and taking down the marquees in the preceding week and on Monday evening which literally needs as many hands as we can get.

Links to more information are now, or will be, available as soon as possible from the text above and we look forward to seeing you for a great Bernese experience.