Derbyshire County Show set to return to Elvaston

Organisers of the Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre have announced that next year it will return to its ‘spiritual’ home of Elvaston Showground and members of the public are invited to submit ideas for the event.

The 139th Derbyshire County Show will be held on Sunday June 23 and is expected to attract thousands of people from across the region by showcasing the very best that the county has to offer.

The Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre is returning to Elvaston Castle on Saturday,  June 23 2019

The show was first held at Elvaston in 1970 but, after heavily waterlogged conditions forced the 2016 event to be cancelled, the event was moved to Locko Park, in Spondon.

Now, after a two-year recovery period, the ground at Elvaston is ready to host the event again and visitors are being invited to help shape the event by telling organisers what they would like to see.

The show is put together by the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society who are inviting members of the public to bring their ideas to the committee’s annual general meeting.

Chairman Edward Hicklin said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to the show’s spiritual home at Elvaston Showground and we want to make sure this is a triumphant return.

“With that in mind, we would love to hear from members of the public who might have ideas for how we can improve or attractions we could look into securing.

“The county show has a very grand history stretching back to 1860 and we have a proud reputation to uphold; staging an event which has something for every member of the family and celebrates all that is good about the countryside on our doorstep.”

The committee has already lined up a new star attraction for the summer event, with Big Pete’s Monster Trucks taking to the main arena.

The Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre is returning to Elvaston Castle on Saturday,  June 23 2019

There will also be plenty of old favourites at the 2019 show which will include livestock displays in the parade ring, heavy horses, vintage cars and tractors, show jumping, light horses, craft stalls and floral displays.

Last year 11,000 people attended the event, which has now expanded to include a food fayre, showcasing producers from across the East Midlands.

The Derbyshire County Show began life as the Derbyshire Agricultural Show in 1860, when it was established by a group of landowners and farmers led by Dr John Hitchman.

The emphasis has changed over the years from showcasing predominantly agricultural activities and equipment to organising a more all-round day-out for everyone.

Mr Hicklin added: “When a show is staged almost every year for almost 140 years it has to evolve and move with the times, which is why we are looking for additional input.

“We’d also like some new committee members too, so if anyone has a keen interest in working with us we would love to hear from them – it’s not a massive commitment, they would need to attend five or six meetings a year.

“We hope to lay out the show in a different way this year to maximise the space and make the most of the large level ground.

“We’re really looking forward to starting work on next year’s show and although it is a huge undertaking, we have a feeling that 2019 is going to be really special.”

If you have a suggestion for the show, members of the public are invited to attend the committee’s annual general meeting at Morley Hayes on January 9 at 8pm.

If you would like to be involved in the 2019 event please contact Show Secretary Anne James by emailing


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