Frequently Asked Questions

All You Need to Know
How many visitors do you get?

In the region of 16,000.

What will I find to enjoy at the show?

The list is actually endless – there’s just about everything you can imagine: A wide variety of tents containing Food Exhibitors, the Derbyshire Women’s Institute, Rabbit Tent, a colourful Floral Art tent, Crafts and Rural Crafts including demonstrations.  A Companion Dog Show held under Kennel Club Regulations. Magnificent cattle, sheep and shire horses in their own section. Horses of all descriptions plus showjumping in a separate ring. All day long in our Main Ring there are acts which will amaze you. Children’s entertainments, rides and amusements. Vintage Cars, Motorcycles, Engines and Vintage Tractors have separate sections where you can view the vehicles close up.

Is there any parking?

There is ample FREE parking at the site.

Are dogs allowed?

By all means, dogs are allowed at the show but must be under control and on a short leash at all times.  Please remember to clean up after your dog.  Dogs are not allowed in the Food Hall and some of the other marquees.

What time does the show start?

The Show starts at 8.00am and closes at around 5.30pm.

How do I get to the show?

Follow directional signs.   For Satnav’s follow the Showground Postcode – DE72 3RY.    There will be a separate Postcode for exhibitors, please read the literature sent to you by your Section Secretary.

A free bus service is also available – Harpurs Coaches

Is there free transport to the show?

Yes. A bus runs at frequent intervals on show day. The service commences at the Derby Bus Station (open stands at far end of Bus Station) at 10am and runs hourly until 3pm. A return service to Derby runs from Locko Park from 12.30pm and again runs hourly until 5.30pm.  The bus will pick up at the front of the Railway Station and travel from the Station (10.05) via Deadmans Lane (10.10) to Tesco at Alvaston (10.15) and then onto Locko Park (10.25) via Church Street, Spondon.   These times apply to every hourly service.

All stops observed – passengers must signal the bus to stop.

A service will also commence from

Sainsbury’s (Osmaston Park Road) at 11am, 1pm and 3.40pm.  This bus will travel via the Rose & Crown, Allenton (11.10) Tesco at Chellaston (11.15)  The Blue Peter (11.25) and then onto Locko Park (11.35).    The return bus leaves Locko Park at 5.00pm

A service will also commence from

Ilkeston (outside the Co-op Regency Suite) at 9.30am and will stop at

Kirk Hallam (St. Norbert Drive) 9.40am;

Sandiacre (Red Lion) 9.50am;

Long Eaton Job Centre 10am;

Draycott (The Green) 10.10am arriving at

Locko Park at 10.20am.

Please note that there is only one service leaving from Ilkeston.

A further service will also be available from

Long Eaton Job Centre at 12noon;

Draycott (The Green) 12.10pm, arriving at

Locko Park 12.20pm.

A return service to Ikleston runs from

Locko Park at 4pm arriving in Ilkeston at 4.50pm.

A return service to Long Eaton runs

from Locko Park at 5.50pm arriving in Long Eaton at 6.10pm.

Will I be able to find somewhere to sit down?

Numerous places – Seats are provided all around the main ring plus next to our public catering facilities and we have covered seating areas for the public- one of which is well placed to listen to the music from the brass band while you enjoy your food and your feet enjoy a well earned rest.

Is there a “Lost Children” facility at the show?

We have a Lost Children facility in the General Secretary’s marquee.

What facilities are there for disabled people?

We have looked at the question of facilities for our disabled visitors very carefully. Parking will be reserved for a large number of disabled visitors.  We would, however, recommend that visitors arrive before 11.00am in order to get a parking place close to the showground entrance.
Please note however, that the showground is an agricultural field and, as such, the surface may be uneven.  Please take every care as you enjoy the show.   Please contact our General Secretary if you have any further specific questions about disabled facilities.

Are there places to eat?

There are a wide variety of catering concessions available both inside the Food Hall and on the showground.


Showground Address

Locko Park, Nr. Spondon, Derby.
By kind permission of Lucy and David Palmer.