13th & 14th March 2021


Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY

The National Shire Horse Show takes place in March each year for a celebration of the breed’s unique history and heritage.

Photo credit:  Carol Stevens Photography

Enthusiasts will travel from across Europe to show their horses, with spectators expected to come from all over the world.

The pedigree Shire horses will be put through their paces over two days of competition- giving horse lovers a unique insight into the gentle giants of the horse world. The National Shire Horse Show is the opportunity to find out more about Shire horses, see them shown in style- in-hand, ridden and turned out- to support the work of the Shire Horse Society.

The prestigious King George V cup will be awarded to the most impressive stallion on Saturday and a host of other trophies will be handed out over the weekend.


This outdoor event is a spectacular weekend of family fun including:

  • National Championships with around 250 entries expected to compete 
  • Trade stands
  • In-hand Classes
  • Turnout Classes
  • Ridden Shire Horse Classes
  • Agricultural Classes
  • Grand Parade on Saturday and Sunday
  • Horseshoe-making and shoeing demonstrations
  • VIP Ringside Dining**
  • Annual Dinner (Friday)**
  • Party Night (Saturday)**

The event starts on Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am and closes at approximately 4:45pm.

The 2021 ring timetable will be available to download here in the autumn.

2021 Shire Horse Society full members gain free admission by presenting their 2021 badge which will be scanned.  Supporter members gain free admission on one day of their choice.

Discounted advance tickets can be found by clicking here.

Adults Any One Day:  *£10.00 in advance; *£12.00 on the gate

Child Any One Day (5-13 yrs): *£8.00 in advance; *£10.00 on the gate

Family Ticket (two adults + two children):  *£32.00 in advance; *£40.00 on the gate

Children under 13 yrs of age gain complimentary access on Sunday only as long as accompanied by an adult.

Car parking: *£2.00 per car.

*Prices to be confirmed.
** To be confirmed