Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

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

On-line tickets and entries are now CLOSED

Trade Stand Plot numbers are now available

Farnsfield hosts premier rural event!

Southwell Ploughing Match will be returning to Farnsfield on the 24th of September, after last being there in 2010.

For anyone who has never been to this event it provides a fantastic day out for all ages.  You can immerse yourself in rural life, with everything from Horses Ploughing to Local Food, Crafts and Quality Shopping. All day there are fascinating agricultural demonstrations, dogs, ponies, baking classes and childrens activities guarantee a thrilling and memorable experience.

Since 2010, it has grown to be become the premier agricultural show in Nottinghamshire. The Ploughing Match now attracts around 10,000 visitors and will be held on land South of Farnsfield, jointly on Carr Banks Farm and Combs Farm.

The show was established in 1855 and was primarily a competition for ploughmen, it has now grown into a much more diverse event.  Still an important part of the show, there are classes for horse, vintage and modern tractor ploughing.Shire horses ploughing

The event also hosts a horse show with over 800 entries, classes include Ridden Hunters, Show Jumping and Shire Horses to name but a few.

There are also classes for Cattle, Sheep, Dogs, Roots, Horticultural, Domestic Produce and the traditional craft of Hedge Laying.

Entries for the Dog show can be made on the day, this event has become extremely popular with pedigree and non-pedigree dogs in the last few years.

There will be demonstrations of Steam Ploughing, Threshing and new for this year, a Harvesting demonstration with Vintage Combine Harvesters, Tractors and Balers.combine

The ever popular rural crafts and 160 trade stands offer something for everyone. A wide variety of local food is available at the Farmers Market and food court. Free trailer rides with drop off points around the show site make it easy to get around, enabling all visitors, young and old to see the wonderful variety of activities.

The main ring attractions will include The IMPS Motorcycle display team, who appeared at the Edinburgh Tattoo this year, The Tough Farmer Challenge, along with Cattle and Vintage Tractor Parades.


The shows continuing success is its commitment to its rural roots, and also the dedicated team of volunteers. Many thanks and much gratitude must go to this army of enthusiasts who work behind the scenes.

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


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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