Tockwith Show

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75th Tockwith and District Agricultural Show


After two years of Covid-enforced absence plans have now started to prepare for next year’s – and the 75th – Tockwith and District Agricultural Show.

The Show Committee have decided to press ahead with the preparation for next year’s show – on Sunday August 7th 2022…and are also planning to stage their annual bonfire and fireworks night for the community on Friday November 5th this year.

Show President Michelle Lee says she is delighted by the committee’s decision, although she stressed that ensuring the safety of visitors and the event teams would remain an absolute priority.

“No one can predict what will be happening next August – or indeed next month – but we feel that it’s now the right time to hopefully draw a line in the sand and move forward. Staging a major event like this needs months of planning so if we don’t start now it will very quickly become too late to get it off the ground.”

Michelle also said she was delighted at the number of new volunteers who have offered to help with the show.

“The show has been going since 1946 and it has grown to become one of the largest agricultural shows in the region, but we were facing a real crisis over whether we had enough people to ensure it continued: thankfully with the new supporters that is one crisis we have hopefully put behind us and it’s great to see that so many people in the community share our passion and enthusiasm for the event…although there is always room for more!”

“Now our immediate priority is to get the bonfire and fireworks night organised so that people can see that Tockwith Show is back in business, and hopefully when we light that fire on November 5th it will be a beacon of hope that we are moving into more positive times.”

The bonfire and fireworks night will be held on the showfield (see website for location) with the gates opening at 6pm, the fire lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks display at 7pm. Parking will be available on site and there will be hot food and hot drinks on sale. We look forward to seeing you there.

Death of Allan Robinson – Chairman

I am very sorry to advise you that Allan died  this afternoon. Many of you will know that Allan has bravely fought with a cancer that was affecting his immune system for a number of years. He leaves a son Josh and our thoughts must also be with him as he deals with this sad time. I will update you as soon as funeral arrangements are known but it is expected to be held under strict Covid-19 conditions.


Norman Waller

Interim General Secretary / Vice Chairman / Friends Secretary

Tockwith & District Agricultural Society

Charity Dinner Raises £1,500

The charity dinner celebrating 75 years of the show raised over £1,500 for Diabetes UK. Thank you to all those who supported it.

Car Boot Sale 2020 – Cancelled

Following consultation between the Directors and the advice from the Government regarding the  Covid-19 corona virus and social distancing we have regrettably taken the decision to cancel the Car Boot Sale on Sunday 3rd of May. If it did go ahead it would be likely that the attendance would be low in number, it is therefore difficult to assess what food etc to buy in.

It is possible once the Corona Virus is not an issue that we look at holding the car boot on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. 

Celebrating 75 Years

In this our 75th Anniversary year we would like to be able to present a theme at this year’s show of what life was like in the Tockwith district in 1945. This could include coming to the show in period costume, or a display of photos, maps, letters, newspaper articles, ration books, recipes, fashion, clothing, show schedules etc.

In fact anything that has any connection with Tockwith Show, the district and 1945 onwards would be of interest.

This is where you come in.

If anybody has anything that we could have, borrow or copy, or if you know someone who may have any information then could you please let me (Chris Nottingham) know by emailing at .

Many Thanks


As one of the region’s longest-running agricultural shows prepares to celebrate its 75th year, the show President has warned there’s a vital need for more volunteer helpers to see the show through another 75 years.

Michelle Lee, this year’s President of the Tockwith and District Agricultural show says it’s becoming increasing difficult to get sufficient support from the local community.

“Although it’s only held on one day there is a tremendous amount of work goes into the organization to ensure that it all runs smoothly and safely,” she said.

“We have more than six hundred individual classes on that day ranging from farm animals and pets to children’s poems and show-jumping and although we are blessed with having a fantastic committee, the problem is there’s a limit to what a small group can do on their own so we desperately need more support if the show is going to continue, and continue to get better every year,” she added.

“Sometimes it’s simply having enough people around to physically create the showground, rather than looking for any longer-term commitment”, she said.

Last year around eight thousand people attended the show but Michelle stressed this was not about the numbers. “As a registered charity our aim is to ensure that our community is able to share in the rich agricultural heritage we have and have a great day out: in short to educate and entertain.”

Currently the Committee are looking for four new stewards to help organize the dressage section, the farmers market, the horticultural classes, and agricultural produce and rural crafts as well as an overall Show Secretary.

Michelle has been involved with the show for more than fifteen years, initially helping to oversee cakes and jam before becoming one of the first Directors of the society’s limited company, a trustee of the charity, and this year chosen as the Show President.

“Farming has faced many challenges since this event was first held as a horticultural show way back in 1945,” said Michelle, “but each year since then Tockwith Show has been able to reflect the importance of the industry in this region. Farming is still a major part of our economy and our community so it would be a tragedy if the show couldn’t continue in the future because of a lack of volunteer helpers.”

This year’s show will be held on Sunday August 2nd.

For further information contact:

Michelle Lee, President, Tockwith Show (07889 584206)

Allan Robinson, Chairman, Tockwith and District Agricultural Society (07970 956940)

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