Nottinghamshire County Show makes a great family day out. Get discounted tickets for May 11 event

Make a date for a great day out for all the family at Nottinghamshire’s County Show – where the animals will take centre stage.

Last year’s event brought about 15,000 visitors to the Newark Showground and this year’s show, which takes place on May 11, looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

Discounted tickets are already on sale online for this event, which is a highlight of the countryside calendar – so it definitely pays to get yours early.

Billed as an agricultural show to showcase the best of rural living it offers so much more – with entertainment for all the family.

Nottinghamshire County Show is one of the first county shows of the year in the UK’s 2024 and is organised by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, a registered charity.

And whilst the animals and livestock competitions will take centre stage there will be plenty of other things going on in the main ring to keep everyone enthralled – including daredevil stunts form the IMPS Motorcycle Display Team. This London charitable organisation includes young riders on their motorbikes who have been watched at events all over the world, including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Around the showground

Around the showground there will be food and drink producers and local traders and you’ll be able to see the talents of crafters, cooks and gardeners in the Make, Bake and Grow section, which will feature prize flower-arranging, cake competitions, home-grown vegetables and painting.

Whether you’re a farmer, an allotment holder or just a keen gardener there will be plenty of inspiration to be found.

Animals take centre stage

Last year there were a bumper 730 entries in the livestock section, which saw pigs, sheep, goats and cattle all competing to take home the rosettes and trophies.

And the horse section too was incredibly well attended with 663 horses and riders showing their talents in the equestrian competitions. But, of course, once again these larger animals will be joined by the littler ones – which proved equally as popular with families.

For 2024 they will once again be joined by a host of other animals including dogs, donkeys and smaller creatures including guinea pigs and rabbits, courtesy of White Post Farm.

New man heads show

Organisers say there are more events and attractions to be announced as the date gets closer. Des Allen, a pig and arable farmer and former Nottinghamshire NFU county chairman, took over as show organising committee chairman from Richard Sheldon, who stepped down from the role last year.

We always try to keep the show fresh without changing the ethos behind it, which is why we’re really pleased to be welcoming the IMPS along this year and looking at new ways to promote growing and to feature as many animals as we can

Des Allen

Des says the show is a hugely important part of the work the society carries out all year round and that everyone was very happy to see so many people coming along last year to enjoy what was on offer.

“Everyone in our industry knows what challenges we’re all facing and that makes the county show even more important. Not only does it bring farmers and producers together, it’s an opportunity for us all to speak to the wider community and show them the work we do to help them get food onto their tables.”

Find out more

Tickets are currently being sold at a discounted rate of £13 (for a limited time only) and for more information – and to become a member of the Society and enjoy exclusive access – visit the website here.