Farm events rescheduled due to coronavirus

Farming events and shows are being rescheduled and reviewed as industry organisations take action to mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

One of the first announcements came from the NFU which postponed a mass rally for UK agriculture planned for central London on 25 March. The rally will now take place at a later date, to be decided.

The UK government has urged people to avoid gatherings, crowded places and unessential journeys as part of its social distancing guidelines.

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Although it believes the risk of transmitting the disease at mass gatherings is low, it wants to keep emergency services freed up for dealing with the ongoing health crisis.

Here are some major events that have either been cancelled, postponed or under review:

Events affected by coronavirus situation




South of England Agricultural Society Spring Live!, 2-3 May


Royal Welsh Grassland Event, 7 May


Smallholding and Countryside Festival, 16-17 May


Northumberland County Show, 25 May


South of England Show, Thursday 11-13 June


The Royal Highland Show, 18-21 June


Common Agriculture Conference, in Norfolk, 30 June – 11 July


Royal Norfolk Show, 1-2 July


Arable Scotland 2020, 2 July. The organisation is looking to deliver an online version of the event.


Kent County Show, 10-12 July


Great Yorkshire Show, 14-16 July


Royal Welsh Show, 20-23 July


The Royal Bath and West Show, revised dates 31 July – 2 August but now cancelled until 2021.


The Balmoral Show, 18-22 August


12 of Northern Ireland’s local agricultural shows have been cancelled for 2020: 

Killyleagh, Ballymoney, Lurgan, Armagh, Newry, Ballymena, Omagh, Castlewellan, Londonderry/Limavady¸ Antrim, Clogher Valley and Fermanagh. 


The National Beef Association’s Beef Expo, due to take place in Darlington on 28 May 2020. Next event will be Darlington Farmers Market on Saturday 22 May 2021.


NSA Sheep Event – was postponed to October  2020, now cancelled


Dorset County Show due to be held on 5-6 September 2020 now cancelled.


The National Sheep Association (NSA) Wales and Border Ram Sales due to take place in September 2020 now cancelled.


Open Farm Sunday face-to-face events in 2020 cancelled. In place will be online events in June and September, the next face-to-face event will be Sunday 13 June 2021.


Tillage-Live – due to be held on 23 September 2020, now cancelled.


Egg and Poultry Industry Conference due to be held on 1-2 November 2020, now cancelled.


AgriScot 2020 due to be held on Wednesday 18 November, now cancelled


Dairy Show, due to be held on 7 October 2020, now cancelled



Mass rally for UK agriculture, organised by the NFU and planned for central London on 25 March. Postponed until a later date

NSA ScotSheep Event 2020, due to take place on 3 June, has been postponed with a new date yet to be confirmed

The Sussex Food and Drink Awards, Brighton, will now take place on 1 July rather than 29 April

Scottish Game Fair, due to take place 3-5 July is postponed to

2-4 October

Devon County Show, postponed until 28-30 August


The Royal Cornwall Show, postponed until 10-12 September

  UK Dairy Day, due to take place in Telford on Wednesday 16 September 2020, will now take place on Wednesday 15 September 2021

The Game Fair 2020, postponed until 18-20 September 2020


Sima 2021 cancelled, now rescheduled for 6-10 November 2022

Taking place online:

Cereals Event, 10-11 June: Physical event postponed to June 2021 but holding online demonstration videos, seminar sessions and expert advice on 10-11 June 2020


Dorset County Show & Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show will combine to provide an online virtual farming series Farming @ Home via their social channels from 6 July 2020


International Forum of Agricultural Robotics (Fira), 8-10 December 2020


Oxford Farming Conference, 7 Jan 2021


British Cattle Breeders Club Conference 2021 will be held online as a virtual E-conference on 26 January 2021

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