Showground Manager (within the fencing of the showground)

We are looking for volunteers to support the planning and running of the annual Emsworth Show, which is open to all the family with craft, gardening & food stalls, as well entertainment for all. The show takes place in the New Life Church Grounds off Thorney Road in Emsworth on the Bank Holiday Monday in August. Planning for this event tends to start in January/February and the set up for the event at the grounds takes place from the Friday prior to the show on the Monday. There are a core team of volunteers that oversee the planning and set up of the show and they are keen to hear from volunteers who would be willing to help. The team is looking to fill a number of volunteer roles.

The Showground manager would be involved prior to the Show, during the Show and after the Show. 

  • Once the Showground begins to be set up on the Friday before the Show, this person will assist the Grounds Team and Stalls Team with the arrival of vehicles onto the Showground, and in particular on Sunday afternoon and early on Monday morning when exhibitors will be delivering their exhibits to the Marquee and stallholders will be unloading.
  • The Showground Manager will work with the employed security team onsite from Sunday at 1200 till Monday at 1800 and volunteers helping on the Show Day, to ensure safety and security of the public and volunteers, stallholders, exhibitors, etc, attending the Show. 
  • During the Show, this person will assist any emergency vehicles move within the visitors safely. Also responsible for VIPs and passholders entering the vehicle entrance point and in the priority parking area and for the special stallholders’ park in the Showground. Brief the volunteers arriving to assist with these roles and ensure they have the necessary equipment. 
  • At the end of the Show, decide when it is safe for vehicles to be allowed to move on the Showground, and continue to oversee vehicle movement on the Showground until the majority have left.


Organisation skills and ability to cope in emergency.


  • Accessibility
    Requires volunteer to be moving around a lot
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Ongoing advice and help for volunteers is available from the core team and wider working group of volunteers
  • Training provided
    Onboarding and on the job training is available to volunteers
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description
    As above

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No


Off Thorney Road
PO10 8BN

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