History of Woodhall Shows
Agricultural shows have been held in the area for a very long time. Horncastle Horse Fair, a show and sale in modern terms, was first held in 1230. Lincolnshire Show began in 1820 with two shows, one for the north of the county and one for the south.
Woodhall Spa’s ‘First Annual Show and Sports’ was held in 1910, and carried on, with a break for the First world War until the early 1920s. Meanwhile a Kirkstead Sports Show began in 1921 and possibly outshone its neighbour, soon turning into an agricultural event.
Woodhall Spa Agricultural Show began in 1947, after the war and soon after Sir Archibald and Lady Weigall gave Jubilee Park to the village. There was some concern locally about the possible cost of running the park so local farmers and Councillors got the show together to make some moneys to help defray the cost.
This very successful show ran until the year 2000 with many of the same families still involved until the end. 2001 saw the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease, and all such events were cancelled, and the local event did not restart.
After a five year break a new committee formed to keep livestock classes going, in the calendar slot early in the show season, and a new show known as Woodhall Spa Country Show was formed. The new show was fortunate to be offered many of the historic Trophies, which had been donated to Woodhall Spa Agricultural Show, and had been given to Woodhall Spas’ Cottage Museum. These are now presented to the champions of the livestock classes, keeping a long held tradition going.
We are a non profit making company so each year after the Show we give donations to local charities/organisations, many of which are involved in the show in some way. Woodhall Spa and Horncastle Lions, Woodhall Spa Guides and Scouts. Woodhall Spa under 12s Football Club, and the Cottage Museum have all benefitted from donations.
Woodhall Spa is a very attractive Victorian village with lots to offer the visitor. For more information, go to www.woodhallspa.org