What's On

Sunday 24th June, 2018

If you’re looking for a fantastic day out look no further –

Sunday 23rd June 2019 – The Showground, Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby

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.   So whether it’s the children, mums and dads, grannies and grandads – we are certain that you will have a day out to remember.

Please Note:  Credit/debit card payment facilities will be available on the gates.  Entry to the showground is by pre-purchased tickets or payment on the gate via cash, credit/debit card.  Some of our trade stand exhibitors may have card facilities but we can not guarantee this.

For details of the free Bus Service please click on the FAQ tab.  The City Centre bus route will this year commence at the Morledge.

Livestock Exhibitors please note:

Please note that the Derbyshire County Show is now exempt from Pre-Movement Testing, DEFRA states that no animals are to be on the showground for more than 24 hours and that the sides of the sides of the marquees are to be removed.  To cover all aspects of this, it has been decided that no animal is allowed on the ground until 6pm on the day before the show.

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 Lisette Taylor – lighthorses@derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk or on 07825 705992


Various classes will be taking place during the day in the Showjumping arena.  For details of the 2019 classes, please click on the Entry Forms button, where they will be available from March,

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

An Open Show –  pre-entry only.

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.

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

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.


Showground Address

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