Saturday 24th March 12 noon to 4pm
Sunday 25
th March 10.30am to 4pm

Spring flowers, home produce, cakes sales,
and entertainments for adults and children
at Rusland Reading Rooms and the Marquee.
Children`s Classes from Pre-School to Open Age
Homemade Soup, Sandwiches and Cakes, and more...
Click on the links below for Schedule.

Children under 16 – FREE
Adults (
inc drinks) -- £4

In Aid of Rusland Reading Rooms.
Thanks to the Rusland Valley Community Trust for their support.

Spring Show Schedule - Outer
Spring Show Schedule - Inner (Classes)

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Rusland holds a Spring Show every March/April, at the Rusland Reading Rooms, organised by the Reading Room Committee. Entries are open to anyone, and the hall and marquee is always a riot of colour with spring bulbs, pasche eggs, decorated cakes, photographs, paintings, poems, with children's entries adorning the walls. Tea and delicious cakes are on sale from the kitchen. The Show helps to raise important funds for the upkeep of the Rusland Reading Room (village hall).

Show Schedule 2018:

- Schedule outer: Show Rules and Entry Form
- Schedule inner: Show classes


Report from the 2018 Spring Show

On the 24th & 25th March we held our annul Spring Show in the Rusland Reading Room. We were blessed by beautiful with the most amazing weather. At the beginning of the week the weather wasn’t too kind with wind scorched foliage at the flower workshop and grumblings of no decent flower or daffodils not blooming. Along with that the main pole snapped which need to be replaced.
But on Saturday morning everyone started to arrive with amazing flowers, painting, home produce and crafts.

The display of entries was beautiful and the scent for the flowers filled the tent. Judging started with enthusiasm and the kitchen was full activity prepare a feast of soup, sandwiches and homemade cake. Rusland Horizons were making bird boxes, bug nests, and woodland crafts with children. Sarah Jackson was busy face painting both days . On Sunday the Furness Clog dancers put on a lovely display demonstrating different traditional dances and encouraged audience participation.

This year we had to new prizes in memory of two of our founder members: Gordon Wilkinson made a beautiful wooden bowl in memory of Elsie Wilkinson for the most points in the Home Produce section, and Janet Benefield gave a prize in memory of Chris Benefield for the best painting.
  • The Trophy for the most points overall was won by Judi Winterson and Anne Robinson.
  • Elsie Wilkinson memorial Trophy for the most points in Home Produce was won Anne Robinson.
  • Thelma Kellgren memorial Trophy was won by Leven valley School.
  • Chris Benefield memorial prize was won by Adrian Gough
Overall it was an amazing weekend with lots of people coming along enjoying the activities, food, displays, dancing and entries.

The Committee would like to say a big  Thank you to all the helpers with which there wouldn’t be a show, and to all the competitors who worked hard to produce such lovely products which made a super display for everyone to enjoy
Also thank you to local businesses for donating prizes to the raffle.
See you next year!

Anne Robinson


Past Rusland Spring Shows

The Show is held at the end of March every year.  For March 2016, David Hoyle and Judi Winterson, together with Robert Wallace, have kindly taken on the coordination of the Show from Gordon and Elsie Wilkinson. The Show was Gordon and Elsie Wilkinson's idea to see in the spring after the long winter, and to encourage people to plant spring bulbs, and to raise important fund for the Reading Rooms. The weather is as unpredictable as it can possibly be:-

In 2012, we languished at tables outside in hot sunshine.

In 2013, we had 4 ft snow drifts! 

The 2015 Show (28th/29th March) was held on a wet and very windy weekend. Just as we thought Spring had sprung, we were reminded that winter was not yet over! However, despite the weather, there was an excellent turn-out of entries and a steady stream of visitors. Some £750 was raised in support of the Rusland Reading Rooms. Thanks to everyone who helped out and especially to Gordon and Elsie Wilkinson who dedicate so much time and effort to make the Show happen.

Here are some pictures from the Show from Jeanie Wilkinson (click on thumbnails for larger pics):