New Venue for 2017 – Locko Park by kind invitation of Lucy and David Palmer

We order the sunshine, well most of the time, to complement the many attractions of a Traditional County Show. Every year the organisers put a tremendous amount of thought and effort into the attractions for you the public to enjoy.  2017 will be no exception at our new venue of Locko Park, near Spondon.  So whether it’s the children, Mums and Dads, Grannies and Grandads – we are certain that you will have a day out to remember.

Horses, horses and more horses:

For those of you who particularly enjoy the horse sections of the show we are pleased to announce:

Light Horse Classes

Commencing at 7.30am with a range of classes.

Private Driving – Carriage Driving

Derbyshire County Show is very proud that we have a magnificent entry of private driving competitors each year.

Ladies Hunter Side Saddle Final

The pure timing and elegance of this picturesque class, presented by both horse and rider is a wonderful sight to behold.

Light Horse and Ponies

See the variety of horses and ponies from the tiny Shetlands to the gallant Ridden Hunters.  There are all types of breeds ranging from Arabs to Mountain and Moorland, Palominos to Welsh ponies.  See the beautifully turned out horses whose owners and riders have spent so much time preparing for the event.

All enquiries in respect of the Light Horse Section to Miss Emma Rushton 0115 8542710 (no calls after 9pm please) or via email: –


Various classes will be taking place during the day in the Showjumping arena.  For details of the 2017 classes, please click on the Application Button – details will be available in the early part of 2017.

Heavy Horse Turnouts

Turnouts are horses in harness pulling a vehicle, farming machine or implement.  Up until the introduction of the mobile engine, all road transport was pulled by horses – milk floats, bread vans, removal vans and the like.  Do not miss these magnificently rebuilt and restored vehicles, not to mention the beautiful animals.

Vintage Cars

For those who prefer, there is the magic about our motoring history, which never ceases to kindle an interest in both the younger and older generation. The young inquisitive about its mystique, whilst the old languish about a part of days gone by. We are proud to present, from the majestic Rolls Royce to the humble Austin 7, a superb range of vintage motor cars restored and pristine, all in showroom condition.

Vintage Tractors, Engines and Motorcycles

A fascinating parade of tractors, lorries, steam engines, machinery and motorcycles from a bygone era all lovingly restored by genuine enthusiasts.  Their static display is situated in the Countryside Area.

Dog Show

A Companion Dog Show held under Kennel Club Regulations to include Pedigree and Novelty Classes.  Entries on the day.

The Floral Art Section

The June date for the show means that we are able to see the pick of the season’s blooms helping us maintain the high standards achieved in previous years and we look forward to renewing old acquaintances and welcoming new friends both exhibitors and spectators alike.

The Rabbit Section

Why not turn your spare time into a very enjoyable hobby, like we have. You meet different people, go to places you would never think of going to, and there you spend a very nice day.

We have on show many different breeds, some old ones and some new ones. If you are not sure what they are just ask the Secretary, or anyone with a stewards badge, and I’m sure you will find them very helpful and of course, if you only want a pet, there’s always someone with something in the shed at home that maybe suitable, if not they usually know someone with the breed you want, so please come and have a look round.

Feather Section

There will be no Poultry, Ducks, Pigeon and other fancy fowl at this year’s show.

Bee Section

Bees and Honey. The Derbyshire Beekeepers Association will put on an exhibition showing beekeeping from the past and present. The usual exhibits of different hives showing their constituent parts. A single frame observation hive, which is designed to show visitors a cross sectional view of bees at work will be one of our main attractions. We shall also have a large variety of Derbyshire honey for sale. Stewards will be available to discuss the fundamentals of beekeeping to beginners and people who would like to take up the craft.

Craft and Retail

The Craft and Retail marquees will once again be full of all manner of local artists and craftsmen as well as those from further a field. The exhibitors have an astonishing array of products ranging from jewellery to decorative to animal portraits to soft furnishings.

Food Hall kindly sponsored by Scaddows

Visiting the Food Hall is a great opportunity to see, taste and buy a huge variety of food and drink – much of it produced here in Derbyshire.  Pop into our marquee, whatever the weather, to browse the fare from our hand picked exhibitors. Usually there is an agreement to ‘buy now and collect later’. This enables you to walk around the showground unhampered by your purchases.

Cattle, Sheep and Shires

The Livestock Committee puts on a wide range of cattle and sheep classes to cover breed society’s recommendations. The section also has classes for the heavy horse, the ridden heavy horse and an agricultural turnout.

Other attractions around the showground

Derbyshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

There will be demonstrations of various skills, children can make a ladybird or decorate a biscuit and country markets will have a selection of homemade cakes, jams and crafts together with some lovely plants for you to purchase. WI Advisers will be on hand to tell you more about our inspiring organisation, now in its second century.

Whatever the weather brings on the day we will have hot and cold drinks, along with a selection of sandwiches and cakes in the refreshment area.   We look forward to welcoming you into our marquee!

Countryside area:

Hedge Laying

Hedge laying is an age-old craft of maintaining hedges. Hedgerows must be kept in good order, as boundaries of fields and gardens, as windbreaks for cattle and to make a natural habitat for wildlife. Hedges are an important part of our heritage.

Dry Stone Walling

The Derbyshire Dry Stone Walling Association will be giving a demonstration of their craft. You will see how the stonewaller selects the stones to provide the most rigid and durable walls, which have stood the test of time in Derbyshire for many years – all without the aid of mortar. The Derbyshire Dry Stone Walling Association and the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society are most grateful to Longcliffe Quarry for their continued support in supplying the stone.

Other Exhibitions in this area include such organisations as the:

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust; Rare Breeds; Young Farmers’ Clubs; National Farmers’ Union.

Derbyshire Rural Crafts Demonstrations

We are delighted to once again bring the rural crafts demonstration area to the show, which this year is located within the craft village, where you can see the people maintaining traditional crafts.