Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

2019 show to be held at

Thoresby – NG22 9EP

Saturday 28 September 2019
Visitors Exhibitors Trade Stands

We are now busy preparing for the 2019 Show to be held at Thoresby

The Cattle and Sheep schedule is now available  – postal entries are now being accepted

General Cattle Rules here, Beef Cattle Classes here, Diary Cattle Classes here

Sheep Classes here

The Horticultural & Domestic Produce schedule is now available See schedule & entry form here!

The following classes can be located here:

Hunter, Working Hunter, Working Hunter Pony, Shetland Pony, Young Handler, In Hand
Mountain & Moorland – In-hand, Mountain & Moorland – Ridden, Cobs
Open Ridden, Veteran, Family Ridden, Mounted Fancy Dress
Riding for the Disabled
The Concours D’elegance  -Astride, Side Saddle

 Unaffiliated Showjumping, This year the pony classes start at 50cm and horses at 80cm – See classes here

Driving Classes classes

On-line entries will go live early August


The society had a fantastic show in 2018. We were blessed with an excellent site, great support from local businesses and competitors and the excellent weather was the icing on the cake.

“Very enjoyable day yesterday. Please forward my thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped to organise such a wonderful day. The amount of people turning up just shows what a success the Ploughing match has  become” – Just one communication received from a family who attended the 2018 show.


The society is very lucky to have an excellent supportive committee, all who work tirelessly in the weeks leading up to show day, to ensure it’s a  success – After this year’s show we can certainly confirm we are still the  biggest one day agricultural show in the area.


This year we were very proud to have an all day display of WW1 and then have a reenactment in the main ring which involved, foot soldiers, horses, jousting, gun powder and a TANK!


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 2018 being held at Little Carlton, Newark NG23 6BX

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.


Photos from 2018 Show

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

A short video taken at the 2014 show  Click here