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

Cancelled:

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 organisatin 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

Postponed:

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
 
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
 

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
 

The Royal Bath and West Show, postponed until 31 July – 2 August

 

Devon County Show, postponed until 28-30 August

 

The Royal Cornwall Show, postponed until 10-12 September

 

The National Beef Association’s Beef Expo, due to take place in Darlington on 28 May, postponed until “later in the summer”

 

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

 

Open Farm Sunday, due to take place in June, postponed until 20th September