Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

2017 show to be held at
Saturday 30th September 2017
Visitors Exhibitors Trade Stands

It is with great regret, that following a Health & Safety meeting held on the show site at midday today (28.09.17), the 2017 show has been cancelled

The Show site has become waterlogged and, with considerably more rain scheduled for the next 24 hours, it has been necessary to cancel on the basis that we cannot be sure of the safety of our volunteers and visitors.  Clearly, this decision has not been taken lightly.
We are very sorry as we are aware of the huge amount of work and input from everyone involved from stall holders, competitors to committee members.
The process of refunds will be confirmed at a later date as our main concern today is letting everyone know of the cancellation
Finally, we really are sorry to be sharing such disappointing news with you at such a late hour but we have recognised our responsibilities and taken appropriate action.  I hope that we can welcome you back next year to a dry and sunny site.


For pre-show tickets that were purchased through the outlets – please return your tickets to the location you purchased them from – ticket numbers will be checked and a full refund will be processed.
For pre-show tickets and/or paid for classes through the online system will be reimbursed back through PayPal. Please allow 7 days for this to be completed.
Entries made by a cheque, will be reimbursed by a cheque.
Thank you for your cooperation


Osberton International Horse Trials have been in contact after hearing about our cancellation. They have invited anyone with a Southwell Ploughing Match pre-paid ticket a discount of 50% off on the gate at Osberton on Saturday and Sunday. Full price is £15 for adults and £8 for children, so will be reduced to £7.50 and £4 respectively. You will be able to pay cash or card on the gate.
They have a Working Shire Horse Festival over the weekend, with ploughing and harness classes – including have-a-go ploughing! website is
Tradestands, food outlets, dog show and dog agility, arena demos, top class horse sport, bar, 10k chase etc etc.


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 2017 being held at Kirklington.

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

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Horse ploughing 2011

Results from 2016

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