What’s On?

A thoroughly enjoyable day awaits visitors to this year’s Spilsby Show which is being held on the Spilsby Recreation Ground, off Ancaster Avenue on Sunday 12th July. Entry prices are just £3 for adults and £2 for children/concessions.

The organisers have worked all year to ensure that a wide variety of entertainment is on offer. The main arena is packed full of displays and includes the not to be missed Heavy Horse Show. Judging commences at 10:30am. This is always one of the highlights of the day. Very few county events continue to uphold the Heavy Horse tradition but the Spilsby Show is proud to continue this long established competition.

The main arena entertainment also includes displays by Hundleby Equestrian, Storm UK Martial Arts Cross Training School, Higashi Judo Club and concludes at approximately 4:00pm with the Grand Parade – kindly sponsored by Duckworth Land Rover. A vast array of vintage exhibits ride around the main ring as owners proudly show off their classic cars, tractors and motor cycles. Entrants will be judged by Alan Stennett.

Budding athletes can enter the annual six mile road race which starts at 11:00am. This event attracts competitors from all over the region and is always well supported. The gruelling six mile course covers footpaths, public bridleways and ends at the showground. All finishers collect a memento at the end of the race, however main prizes are awarded in a variety of categories.

The show prides itself on its friendly attitude towards all of its visitors and exhibitors. Trade Stand space is always at a premium as many stall-holders return year on year. This year, over 100 trade and charity stands are attending offering a whole host of different goods and services. There will be something for everyone. An Indoor Trade Marquee also includes stands as well as displays by local history groups and members of Spilsby Flower Club.

For the first time in decades, the Craft and Model marquees have been combined so all of these interesting exhibits are housed under one roof! A record number of craft stalls are attending this year as a result of this expanded marquee. The model section always plays host to a wide range of displays, such as bygones, matchstick models, Meccano and metal die-cast vehicles – something for everyone!

For people with eclectic tastes, there are a number of caterers on site offering foods from all over the world. From Lincolnshire sausages to curry – everything is covered. Many of these can be found on the Farmers Market.

There is plenty of entertainment for the children as well. Two huge inflatables slides, the famous vintage cake-walk, hook a duck, swingboats are just some of the attractions attending. There is also archery, face painters and for the first time, Juggling Jim will be joining us with his circus workshop.

The Companion Dog Show offers those prized pooches the chance to enter a number of different categories to try and win the coveted Best in Show rosette. You never know, we may even find the next winner of Britain’s Got Talent!

The vintage exhibit sections have also been expanded with over 100 cars due to attend. The vintage tractor and oil engine area has even been moved to cope with the demand! There will be plenty of exhibits to look at, for those people who want to feel even slightly nostalgic!

The Committee are also welcoming the Royal British Legion, who will have their own marquee, promoting the good work they undertake. They will march in the main ring at 12:10pm accompanied by Skegness Silver Band. Derek Tindall will also be attending with a falconry display along with members from Boston Veteran Cycles. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Japanese Drumming Band Kakusheigei Taiko, various local groups and for the very first time at the event, the Cover Girls will be performing songs from their varied repertoire.

As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota will perform a flypast (weather permitting)!

The layout of the showground has been revised for this year allowing the organisers more space for additional attractions and trade stands. You will need to get there early to ensure you fit it all in. It promises to be a great day out and the organisers are hoping that a bumper attendance will help them raise money for many local charities and organisations, which will be distributed at their annual presentation evening in October.

There is extremely limited parking for the public on the showground. Free parking is available on the Vale Road Industrial Estate, where many businesses allow parking on the Sunday. It is just a short walk to the showground – just follow the signs. Visitors can also park at the King Edward VI Academy on West End. Both of these car parks are served by a free park and ride service, which is being provided by Hunts of Alford.

Entry is just £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions. You would struggle for such a varied day out for less. Even the 140 page programme is just 50p – the cheapest available at any local show!

The Spilsby Show – a great day out for all the family. From 10:00am on Sunday 12th July. Miss it, miss out!

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