Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

2021 show to be held at

Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire

Saturday 25 September 2021

What to See and Do 

The Show has much to offer all our visitors of all ages


Classes are held from the smallest horticultural garden tractor, where ploughmen walk behind up to the latest modern tractor. The vintage tractors are all manufactured pre 1959 and the classes are always very popular. There is also a good selection of static vintage tractors and machinery on display.

Horses Ploughing

Horse Ploughing and Working Horse show an excellent display of old traditional horse ploughing, these gentle giants in their full display harness and also the big heavy horse in their own show ring.

Shire Horse Classes are always a joy to watch

Steam Ploughing


We are very fortunate to have steam ploughing at our show and is a huge effort for everyone involved for a one day show.  Steam ploughing is a double engine system. This involves two engines, one on each side of the field, pulling an implement between them with a steel cable. A ploughing engine can be recognised as a very large traction engine with a winch drum under the boiler.

Beef and Dairy

See both beef and dairy breeds in their showrings, then watch the Grand Parade held in the Main Ring mid afternoon, a traditional procession of all livestock winners.

Horses & Ponies

Horse and Pony Classes – 6 rings are used for horse classes, classes include working hunter (horse & ponies), show hunter ponies, Mountain & Moorland, Colours, Cobs, Family, Veteran, Racehorse, Side Saddle, Showjumping, Hunter classes and Riding for the disabled.

Trade Stands

The show has over 100 quality tradestands following the rural tradition, where you can buy everything from the largest farming equipment and garden plants to the latest in country clothing and childrens toys.

Commercial and non commercial produce

Classes are held for commercial, non commercial vegetables and root crops. One class that always attracts a competitive spirit is the heaviest pumpkin.

Horticultural and Domestic Produce

Horticultural and Domestic Produce marquee displays a range of home grown and homemade produce. Classes include handicraft, home cooking, art, photography, floral art, preserves and the ever popular children’s section.


Farmers Market

The farmers market grows from strength to strength each year with it being a very popular area, supporting Great British Farming, selling  locally grown and produced food.


The society has over 100 trophies which are presented on the show day to classes held through out the show.  Ploughing awards are presented in the plough field at approx 3pm, Cattle, Sheep in the Grand Parade at approx 3pm, Horticultural & Produce at 4pm in the Horticultural and Produce tent, with many others throughout the day for the horse classes.