Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

2016 show to be held at
Farnsfield – NG22 8HB
Saturday 24th September 2016
Visitors Exhibitors Trade Stands

All schedules are now available, entries can be made on-line for Cattle, Sheep, Ploughing, Horses and Ponies

Ploughing Match Schedule 2016Horticultural & Domestic Produce Entry Form 2016

Children’s Class – Colouring Picture and Verse Kings & Queens

The main ring attraction for 2016 with be ‘The IMPS’

The ‘IMPS’ is dedicated to educating children through, though not exclusively, their leisure time activities, this is delivered by a disciplined, dynamic and challenging programme of activities with a world-famous motorcycle display team at its heart.

From the sound of revving engines to the awe of a billowing fire jump and the suspense of a multiple motorcycle combination ‘cross-over’ routine, The Imps will have you mesmerised by an unmissable display of discipline and skill. Furthermore, you will be stunned to learn that the youngest performer is only five years old!

The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, noted for its impeccable smart red tunics and highly disciplined spectacular show originated in the 1970’s from The Hackney Adventure Holiday Project – a charity founded by Roy Pratt MBE that provided holidays in the country for under privileged young people. Some of the children found a dysfunctional old ‘motorbike’ – one thing led to another and a motorcycle display team, uniquely comprising young people aged six to sixteen, emerged.

For over forty years The Imps have performed around the world to millions of people.

Regular appearances on prime time television and displays at major events, such as The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, have secured a reputation for excellence. Extraordinary discipline and incredible teamwork enable The Imps to deliver shows comprising complex ‘cross-overs’ requiring split second timing, breathtaking fire jumps and visually stunning pyramids of red tunics – all served up with a dash of humour and aided by the spell-binding mini Imp mascots.

About Us

2015 Show

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