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, Pigeon & Poultry and Cavy Tent, a colourful Floral Art tent, Crafts and Rural Crafts including demonstrations.  An Open and 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 – To be advised

A free bus service is also available – Harpurs Coaches – please see ‘Transport to the Show’

Is there free transport to the show?

A free bus service is run by Harpurs Coaches.  Routes as follows –

Route A City Centre – Show 
Morledge 1000hrs then every hour until 1500hrs.  Then via Station Approach, Railway Terrace, Rail Station, Midland Road, London Road, Raynesway, Church Street Spondon, Locko Road to Show.   Returns 1230 hrs and half past each hour until 1730hrs.

Route B Ilkeston – Show
Regency Rooms, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston 0930hrs.  Then via Wharncliffe Drive, Oakwell Drive, Stanton Road, Little Hallam Hill,St. Norbets Drive (Cat and Fiddle end), Dalliimore Road, Low’s Lane, Town Street, Sandiacre, Longmoor Road, Dewrby Road, Long Eaton to The Green, Long Eaton, Derby Road, Wilsthorpe Road, Breaston, Draycott Road, Draycott, Nottingham Road, Borrowash, Willowcroft Road, Spondon, Sitwell Street, Chapel Street, Church Street, Locko Road to Show.  Returns at 1600hrs.

Route C Long Eaton – Show
1200hrs from Long Eaton Green then via route B to Showground.  Returns 1600hrs and 1750hrs.

Route D Sainsbury’s Osmaston Park Road – Show
1100hrs and 1300hrs from Sainsbury’s Osmaston Park Road via Osmaston Park Road, Allenton, Osmaston Road, Chellaston Road, Shelton Lock, High Street Chellaston, Snelsmoor Lane, A6 Shardlow Road, Blue Peter, Raynesway, Church Street Spondon, Locko Road to Show.  Returns 1500hrs and 1700hrs.






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

The Showground
Borrowash Road
Nr Derby DE72 3EP
(Nearest postcode)