Flying High at Derbyshire County Show

Visitors to the Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre on Saturday 24th June will be treated to a flyover by an iconic British aircraft.

An RAF Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team will fly over Locko Park, Spondon to mark the 18th Show.

It will leave its base at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire and should, weather permitting, fly over the Derbyshire stately home at 3.10pm. This is one of just over 50 Spitfire left in the world. 

Edward Hicklin, chairman of the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society, said: “The RAF Spitfire is an iconic aircraft and we’re delighted that it will be entertaining visitors to this year’s Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre.”

Organisers promise the event will be bigger and better than ever before with the return of a poultry show and the Kennel Club Dog Show. There will also be a Food Hall at this summer’s Show where visitors can purchase delicious produce, much of it produced here in Derbyshire. As well as cheese and artisan bread, the Derbyshire County Show will also host the award-winning Nelson’s Gin. Their gin is currently on the shelves in Harrods and Waitrose. 

There will be plenty of old favourites at the 2018 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. The ever-popular J C Balls’ Dancing Diggers will also be at the Show. Free buses are scheduled to take visitors to the Show, in a bid to ease traffic congestion around Locko Park. And, because the England national football team will play their World Cup game against Panama on the same day, a giant screen will be erected on the grounds of Locko Park so that footie fans don’t miss a kick.

Mr Hicklin added: “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.

“Last year’s show was very well attended and Locko Park proved to be a wonderful venue and stunning backdrop.”

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.

Tickets are available at various outlets across the city and county, including Betty’s Farm Shop in Willington, Manor House Property in Ilkeston and the Select Convenience store in Oakwood. They’re also available to buy online by visiting derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk.