Since it started in 1921, Honley Show has grown to become one of the most respected and popular agricultural shows in the area. The Show is usually held in late spring and attracts around 10,000 visitors each year.
Honley Show is a full day of entertainment for visitors, with stalls, craft tents, exhibitions and refreshments, adding to the atmosphere. The main attraction, however, is always the competitions. From dogs and horses to classic cars and stick making, there really is something for everyone.
Animals take the stage
As you’d expect from an agricultural show, Honley Show has classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, light horses, heavy horses, poultry and even goats. There’s also a Crufts accredited dog show as well as a fun dog show, where family pets can show off their agility skills and looks! Cash prizes are awarded to the top exhibitors of the day.
There’s more information about the various classes and how to enter on the Honley Show website.
Having been held in and around Honley for a century, Honley Show is intricately linked with the local community. Our local schools and churches often exhibit their work and crafts at the Show, and many local companies sponsor and support the Show each year.
To make sure Honley people can get to the Show, a free shuttle bus runs form the village centre to the showground and back throughout the day.
Volunteers run the show
Honley Show is run entirely by volunteers. According to the organises, they pretty much start planning the next show as soon as the last one finishes. When the sun is shining and the field is full of smiling faces, that’s when the volunteers agree that it’s well worth the effort.
Centenary Show 2021
The first Honley Show took place in 1921, meaning 2021 is the Show’s 100th year. However, given the uncertainties from Covid-19 on both the Show planning period and land planning the decision has been taken that a Spring Show in 2021 is impractical.
The 2021 Honley Show is planned to be a one-off, smaller more focussed event later in Summer 2021 that will give a reminder of what the original ethos behind the show was and to celebrate its longevity and tradition.
Peter Aspinall the Show President says:
“We are sure that everyone will get into the spirit of our Centenary show and make it a day out to remember for all. We have a brilliant team at Honley Show and as the current turbulence recedes we will be starting to plan shows into our second century starting in 2022.”