Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

2016 show to be held at


Saturday 24th September 2016

Visitors Exhibitors Trade Stands

Next Event for the society is the Gentlemen’s Annual Dinner 2016

Tuesday 16th February at Newark Showground

Please see this link to a blog that has given an excellent review of our one day show – Thank you Pearlie Pumpkin

Photos From 2015 can now be viewed Oxton 2015 Photos

Results from 2015

Ploughing Results 2015 website pdf – Plashing and Hedging 2015  – Heavy Horses 2015  – Cattle 2015  – Sheep 2015  – Agricultural 2015

Dear All,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the hard work that you have put in, making this possibly the most successful and well attended Southwell ploughing match we have ever held.

I believe along with the hard work, other factors including a fantastic show site kindly provided by Oxton Estate, military like precision traffic planning and glorious weather made for an incredibly smoothly run and enjoyable event.

It would be impossible for me to mention the individual volunteers crucial to the shows success at this stage, but I’d like to say that I was humbled by the commitment that the society endeavoured but also that I was blown away by the number of entrants and support from the public shown once again, making the day as engaging and involving as it is on all levels from ploughing, to cake making.

I did have the opportunity to see most of the show this year and one of the highlights, as there were many, for me was seeing the number of children that ran into the main ring to meet the hounds, one child was even given a full very welcoming and wet facial by one of the pack.

For now this just leaves me to say thank you to Oxton Estate and their team for providing such a wonderful site and to all of you for your dedication in hosting, staging, competing and attending this years show.

Thank you – Chris Collingham (Chair of Southwell Agricultural Society – 2015)

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Southwell ploughing match is the largest agricultural one day show in Nottinghamshire, established in 1855 and run by a committee comprising of local business people and rural enthusiasts. The annual show is held at a different venue every year with 2015 being held at Oxton Estates.

The show represents all the really important interests of agriculture from horse ploughing through the vintage years to the modern day tractor, a variety of livestock, static displays and trade stands to suit all tastes. In more recent years horse classes, dog show and the farmers market have been introduced.

If anyone wishes to become a steward or become a helper please contact the show office, help is greatly appreciated, as the show is only able to run from the very generous help and time given by the committee members, stewards and helpers.

In 2009 we were awarded Country Life Magazine’s Country Event of the year.

A short video taken at the 2014 show  Click here
2014 photos from the show can be seen here
Photos taken below by Chris Maguire Photography from the 2014 show

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2014 Results available- Ploughing Results 2014Agricultural Classes Results 2014Shires & Horse Ploughing Results 2014Cattle & Sheep Results 2014Horse Results 2014

2013 Results available-  Ploughing Res  Ploughing Results 2013  Agricultural Class Results 2013 , Cattle and Sheep Results 2013 , Heavy Horse Results 2013 , Hedging Results 2013 , Static Vintage Results 2013

2012 Results available – PloughingPloughing Score SheetsHorsesCattle & Sheep, Agricultural Classes Hedging and Shires / Heavy Horses.
2011 Results available – Ploughing, Ploughing Score Sheets, Agricultural Classes, Horses, Cattle & Sheep, Hedging, Shires / Heavy Horses and Static.

Horse ploughing 2011