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What to expect

A fun filled day out for all the family. Entertainment all day long in the Jacksons & Motor Mall main ring including gymnastics, Dancing Dogs, Hunting Dog Demonstration, and a sheep dog demonstration. Come and meet the livestock all day long and see our local farmers showing of their best livestock and our local equestrians competing to win the top prizes, See the grand parade of the “best of the best” of Prize-winning Cattle, Sheep and Horses.

Large marquees with Arts & Crafts, Produce & Confectionary and local food and drink.

Watch our Dog shows and vintage displays all day long.

Bring your dog, but they must be kept on leads and away from horses and livestock.
ALL DOGS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM THE FUR & FEATHER MARQUEE

Visit our many stands exhibiting everything from tractors to Jewellery! A great day out for all.

  • 1914
  • 1960
  • 1973
  • 2021
  • Present Day
  • Show Formed

    The Southern District Agricultural Show was formed in 1914, the first show was held at Billown near Ballasalla. Before 1914 there was only one Agricultural Society formed, the Isle of Man Agricultural Society, and shows were held at Milntown in Ramsey and The Nunnery in Douglas.For many years the Farmers of the South argued that they wanted to bring the Show further southas moving their livestock to Douglas and Ramsey was a lengthy and complicated affair. As an agreement to this was not forthcoming, the southern farms decided to hold their own show, and the Southern District Agricultural Society was formed.

    We have had various other homes since 1914, Westhill Park in Castletown was descried as “one of the finest settings the Island has to offer” but with a new Girls school needing to be built we moved to Farrants Flatt in Castletown this had been previously used as a car park for the show.

  • Move to Janet’s Corner

    The 1960’s saw us move to Janet’s Corner, but with more land needed for housing around Castletown we never stayed anywhere for long!

  • Show returns to Great Meadow

    In 1973 the show returned to Great Meadow,close to the original site where it had been held in 1920. The Show has been held at Great Meadow in Castletown for nearly 50 years, and the Moore-Riggall Family have been involved with the Show since it’s early beginnings in 1914. The Society will forever be extremely grateful to Mr & Mrs Riggall and Family for the support given to the Show over many, many years.

  • New Showground at Orrisdale Farm

    As interest in the Show has continued to grow along with visitor and exhibitor numbers so have the requirements for the Showfield. Our new Showground at Orrisdale Farm, Ballasalla, has been made possible with the generosity of The Kermode Family and we hope to have many happy years here.

  • Where we are now

    The Southern Show is organised by a team of volunteers who each year give up a huge amount of their time to put together and dismantle the Show Field, for which we are eternally grateful.

    The Southern District Agricultural Society is an Isle of Man Registered Charity, with over 40 members and 17 Life members.

IOM Southern District Agricultural Society

Who We Are

Patron of the Society – The Lieutenant Governor, His Excellency Sir John Lorimer
President – Mrs Briony Vernon
Vice-President – Mrs Sarah Comish
Treasurer – Mrs Angela Teare
Secretary – Mrs Zoe Hampton
Supervisors – Mr S R Gawne, Mrs B Vernon, Mrs A Masson, Mr S Ennett, Mr S Phythian, Mr C Vernon
Light Horse Supervisor – Mr Raymond Cox M.R.C.V.S
Light Horse Committee – Mr R Cox, Mrs J Vernon, Miss A Rothwell

Mrs W Astley
Mr W Cain
Mrs S Comish
Mrs B Coole
Miss K Coole
Mr J Corrin
Miss J Costain
Mr R Cox
Mr M Cringle
Mr S Ennett
Mr S R Gawne

Mrs S Gawne
Mr S Gawne
Mr M Gawne
Mr P Hampton
Mr Hargraves
Mr C Kelly
Miss K Kermode
Mr P Kermode
Mr M Kinvig
Ms S-A Maiden
Mrs A Masson

Mr S Phythian
Mr F Ralston
Miss A Rothwell
Mr R Sayle
Miss S Skillicorn
Mrs A Teare
Mr C Vernon
Mrs B Vernon
Mrs J Vernon
Miss C Walker
Miss K Watterson

Mr R.S.D Riggall
Mrs C Riggall
Mr C R Gawne C.P
Mr R G Comish
Mr R H Gelling C.P
Mr W McHarrie
Mr R Kewley
Mrs J Cook
Miss A Pickering

Mr N Jones
Mr R Craine
Mr J Watterson
Mrs K Lowey
Mr W H Watterson
Mr D Kennaugh
Mr D Whittaker
Mr G Vernon

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