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The Great Harwood Agricultural Society was formed in 1857, organised by Mr Lawrence Catterall and Mr Lawrence Lee of Martholme. Entries for that year included horned cattle, horses, bulls, sheep and pigs. Year by year entries increased and new classes were introduced, including dogs and poultry. There were classes for butter, cheese and oatcakes. In 1868 the first prize for a “firkin of old butter” was won by Great Harwood Co-operative Society.

By having an advertising banner at our shows, sponsoring an event, or becoming a subscriber, you can help to ensure the continuation of a tradition which is slowly but surely dying out in most urban and many rural areas.

We continue to promote the traditional sights, produce and crafts of Lancashire, particularly from Great Harwood and the surrounding areas and we now include more of the local community – groups, schools and individuals – in our events and invite you to use the links to browse our pages and discover what we have to offer.


Our 152nd show will be held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday,  27th May 2019

at its home on

The New Showfield, Harwood Lane,  Great Harwood, Lancashire, BB6 7UL

FREE PARKING We now have a new large, public car park with designated disabled areas close to the entrance and with room for all.

Access is via Church Lane – please follow the signs and please don’t park on verges or grassed areas.

The show opens at 8.30am and closes after last the class, approx. 6pm

Entry: Adult £8,   Pensioners/children £5 (4 yrs and under free)

Family: (2 adult, 2 child) £20

Advance tickets: £1 discount – Tel 01254 886643

Free entry for Bowley Hill Race competitors


Show Guide Don’t forget to read our Show Guide, with details of what, when and where the action is, the competitions, the exhibits and the exhibitors, our sponsors and lots more. With lots of information about the show, it will be available from the entry gates, the information tent and various points around the show ground.