The Society

Where it all Began

society-founder-dr-john-hitchman-1860The show was founded in 1860 when a group of landowners and farmers led by Dr. John Hitchman, the first medical superintendent of the county asylum, agreed to form the Derbyshire Agricultural Show. There have been 139 shows since that time with breaks due to wartime restrictions and an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 1924 and 2001.


2022 will see our 140th Show with entertainment for all the family.  We are also expecting a wonderful turnout of cattle, sheep, goats, horses, dogs, fur and feather.  Our Showjumping Section will be planning some excellent jumping and exhibitors from all over Britain will be bringing their animals to put on a great show.

The show is run by a Council of 50 Members with the help of the Section Secretaries and other co-opted and honorary members.

The Society is proud to have as Patron of the Show, the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.

The team is completed by Chairman, Mr. Edward Hicklin a local farmer and Vice-Chairman, Mr. Martyn Clifton.  The officers are completed by Mrs Kerry Oxley the Treasurer and General Secretary Mrs Anne James, who can be contacted on 01332 793068 (phone or by E-mail – If you would like to enter the show, you can find further information on our Applications Page.


Showground Address

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

All correspondence to
Derbyshire County Show or
Derbyshire Agricultural &
Horticultural Society
should be sent
c/o 5 Willow Park Way,
Aston on Trent,
Derby. DE72 2DF