Your guide to Lincolnshire Show 2013

The 129th Lincolnshire Show will kick off on June 19, through to June 20, and there’s plenty in store for over 60,000 visitors expected to celebrate the county’s finest.

While the annual summer show focuses on Lincolnshire’s agriculture, from food to livestock and machinery displays, there’s also plenty of other entertainment for the family, such as “zorbing”, retail, live music and activities.

Here’s a practical rundown of how to get there and what to expect during your visit.

Opening times

Wednesday, June 19: 8am – 8pm
Thursday, June 20: 8am – 6pm

All trade stands and concessions are open until 6pm both days.


Advance tickets are no longer available online, but they can be bought from a number of outlets in the county or on the door.

Ticket prices on the day are as follows:

Adult: £22
Child (age 5-16): £7
Family (2 adults, 3 children): £47

Group tickets prices (more than 15 people):
Adults: £16
Young person (age 17-22): £12
Children: £6

Party and school passes are also available by calling 01522 522900.

You can also buy a programme near the entry gates or near the livestock area for £3.50, or more detailed catalogue for £5.

Dogs are also permitted at the event provided they are kept on a fixed lead at all times and not left in cars. They are not allowed in the Epic Centre, food court, some livestock areas and parts of the flower show and floral dec competition. Jerry Green Dog Rescue will be providing a dog creche in the Discovery Zone if you wish to leave your dog to take a look at these areas.

Getting there

The Lincolnshire Show is hosted at the Lincolnshire Showground every year, situated on the A15 just outside of Lincoln.

To get there, enter this address into your sat-nav:
Lincolnshire Showground

You can drive to the show and park by following the signs along the A46 bypass around Lincoln, which will have specific lanes of the day to help with traffic flow.

Parking is free and near all of the entrance gates. Blue Badge holders will be ushered near to the main entrance gates, or the Brown Car Park, which is geared toward those in wheelchairs or with mobility scooters. For more information on mobility, contact 01386 725391.

If you get a taxi, they will be able to pick up and drop off around the one-way system at Gate 3 of the showground.

If you don’t want to drive, or have come into Lincoln via train, there are buses to the Show every 15 minutes from Lincoln Bus Station, with the first bus at 8.30am, and the final one at 6.30pm.

The bus will stop at Wigford Way, Newland Street, Yarborough Road and Burton Road along the route also.

The bus will cost £4 for adults, £2 for children and £10 for a family ticket (two adults and three children).

Key show facts

Did you know there will be over 2,500 animals at the show? These are:

  • 1,689 horses
  • 498 cows
  • 630 sheep
  • 121 pigs

Over the event, plenty of prizes are given out. Typically, 2000 rosettes are awarded, and there are 100 trophy winners too.

During warmer show years, around 14,000 ice creams are served up.

What to expect

There are plenty of displays to suit all tastes across the six rings at the show: the main Clydesdale Bank Main Ring, Countryside Ring, Lindsay Ring, Scampton Ring, Welton Ring and Ancaster Ring, plus showing areas specifically for livestock and a flower show.

As well as ringside events, there are ten avenues for shopping hosting 600 trade stands and display tents to visit, and a food court to get your appetite going.

Children can enjoy the Kids Zone, Discovery Zone, Sports Zone and Schools’ Challenge area.

Those getting tired of walking around can climb aboard the free Land Train to get to different parts of the show.


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Top events to look out for

While the Lindsay Ring, Scampton Ring, Welton Ring and Ancaster Ring are reserved for typical equestrian and livestock showing events, two rings contain acts set to wow the public. Here are a few of our favourite ringside events to check out.

Clydesdale Bank Main Ring
Showjumping — always a countryside show favourite, don’t forget to check out the showjumping in the main ring throughout the days. These jumps can reach heights of almost seven foot, and occasionally you’ll catch some of the UK’s best showjumpers warming up their horses for the showjumping season. The accumulator rounds are a favourite.

British Scurry and Trials Driving — this fast-paced event sees two ponies galloping at great speeds around obstacles — while pulling a small trap! Catch this at 10.15am on the Wednesday or 8.30am on Thursday.

The John Rainthorpe Machinery Parade — this event is a given when attending an agriculture show. See the biggest and most impressive farming machinery going in this display. Watch at 2.45pm on Wednesday or 2.45pm on Thursday.

The Saul Fairhome Grand Parade of Livestock and Horses — watch the show’s finest cows, horses, sheep and more make their way around the ring. See at 3.30pm on Wednesday or 3.12pm on Thursday.

Countryside Ring
Chainsaw Sculpture – Watch wood carvers in action as they create incredible sculptures out of basic carving equipment. Catch the demonstrations at 10.30am and 2pm both days.

Agility Buds — Well known for performances at Crufts, this team of dogs and their handlers will showcase dogs weaving, jumping, see-sawing and climbing their way through an agility course. Watch at 11am or 2.30pm both days.

Jive Pony — This equestrian display team performs a unique style of stunts and highly skilled vaulting. With skipping horses, world class vaulting, Roman Riding and hula hooping horseback ballerinas. Watch at 12.30pm or 3.30pm both days.

Food and drink

There will be plenty of opportunities to refresh yourself with a taste of Lincolnshire finest or the kind of food you would expect from a big outdoor event.

Food vans can be found all over the show ground, but head to the Food Court off Tenth Avenue to find even more appetising meals – just follow your nose!

A number of vans and tents will also be serving alcohol — in previous year the Pimms trailer has always been a popular bet — but remember to bring ID with you.

Lincolnshire Co-op will have a pop-up food shop on site too, so you can pick up milk and bread before heading home after a long day out.