Sunday 7 August 2022

We are looking forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to Tockwith Show 2022 after what has been a testing time for so many. 

The Show Committee has been working hard over the last year organising a full day of friendly competition, entertainment and shopping, whilst never forgetting our ethos in providing educational content relating to agriculture and supporting the rural communities and businesses that surround. 

As such we are pleased to be welcoming ‘The Sheep Show’ this year which is a humorous, educational and captivating live stage performance all about sheep! And to follow the theme through we have created a bigger Children’s Discovery Zone with many demonstrations and displays with a ‘sheepy’ theme focusing on what wool is used for in every day life.

To also keep you busy on Show Day there will be two Falconry demonstrations, the heavy horses, pigs, sheep, vintage tractors, classic cars, the farriers, a farmers market, the fur and feather tent and the working crafts marquee. There are also many chances to win prize s money and or a trophy in the horticultural, produce, preserves or craft Working Crafts sections.

So we hope you can join us for a fun family day out. 

2022 Attractions

The Sheep Show​

SMJ Falconry Displays​

Farmers Market & Demonstrations​

Working Crafts Sections​

Heavy Horses Parade​



Trade Stands​

Catering - Locally Sourced​

2022 Event Timetable

Time Description
08:15 Ridden Horses/ Cobs / Hunter Classes, Judging and Championship
10:45 SMJ Falconry Display
11:15 Ridden Heavy Horses Classes And Judging
11:30 Sheep
12:00 - 14:00 Wetherby Silver Band
12:15 Presentation Of School Poetry Competition Trophies At Presidents Marquee
12:30 Tockwith Village Tug Of War (Ladies And Gents) Followed By Children's Tug Of War
13:00 Sheep
13:15 Agricultural Turnout - Heavy Horses With Agricultural Vehicles And Equipment
13:45 Heavy Horses Parade And Prize Giving
14:00 SMJ Falconry Display
14:30 York And Ainsty North Pony Club Games Display
15:00 Hunt
15:00 - 16:30 Wetherby Silver Band
15:15 Sheep
15:25 Vintage Tractor Parade
16:10 Dog Dash (Small, Medium & Large Breeds)
16:40 Classic Vehicles Parade
17:00 The Presidents Auction



I am delighted to have been retained as the President of the Tockwith & District Agricultural Society for 2022, after my original year (2020) and then 2021 were disrupted by Covid restrictions. I was very excited to be President as we celebrated 75 years of the Society; I’m now looking forward to the 73rd Show on 7th August, where I will, eventually, discharge all my responsibilities!

I have lived in Tockwith for almost 30 years, and joined the TADAS Committee in the early Noughties, like most, thanks to Norman Waller and Sam Blacker. I started out overseeing cakes and jam (Produce & Preserves), and took on the Treasurer’s role, when David Padgett retired from the committee. As we chartered new territory, literally in buying our own field, I was one of the early Directors of our limited company and a trustee of our Charity.

You’ll probably have seen me over the past 15+ years in the Secretary’s tent on Show Day, as Treasurer, then Trophy Steward and more recently in a co-ordination role, supported by my partner Paul. The Secretary’s tent is a fabulous focal point to see and hear all the fun, enjoyment and appreciation that our exhibitors, judges and visitors experience year in-year out. This is all down to hard work, commitment and organisation of our committee/volunteers through the year, especially the run up to the big day itself. I’m always truly amazed and inspired. I’m looking forward to a temporary move to the President’s tent next door!

Throughout my involvement, and I guess in the 77 years since 1945, the Society has taken a pragmatic, forward-looking approach to ensuring there is broad appeal to educate and entertain. At times we’ve taken some significant (and polite, well-debated) decisions like investments, changing days and cancelling events, including our measured response to the impact of Covid in 2020 and 2021 (via Zoom). The support of our Friends, the established good-will from contacts across the District and of course the strong team-work of our “army” of helpers, are cornerstones of our longevity.

My charity for the year remains Diabetes UK – it is a cause close to my heart as I have type 1 diabetes. When first diagnosed, in my mid-20s, I was uncertain about what lay in store. My consultant was encouraging and explained that I wasn’t poorly or ill, but that, with a little care and attention, I would be able to positively manage my condition and lead a normal and fulfilling life. His words inspired me, and he was right (well, so far at least!). My nephew was also diagnosed with the same condition on the eve of his 17th birthday.

It’s surprising – diabetes, in its various types, affects around 1 in 15 people across the world; you probably know at least one person in your family or social circle who has the condition. Raising money can help to support affected people, develop new treatments and fund research that one day might lead to a cure. 

But what’s equally important to me is raising awareness – knowing the symptoms for prompt diagnosis – often it’s the complications of sustained high blood sugar that cause problems. There may be up to 1 million adults in the UK who have diabetes but don’t yet know it understanding how it can be successfully managed as part of a balanced lifestyle.

In March 2020, just as the word “lockdown” was looming on the PM’s lips, I hosted a Black Tie Dinner – 77 people wined, dined and danced their way to raising £1500 for my Charity whilst celebrating 75 years of the Show Society. Given subsequent restrictions, it has been difficult to plan fund-raising activities with any certainty, though I hope to do something before the Show in August – watch this space!


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