Two of the region’s biggest agricultural shows hope to come back bigger and better after announcing they won’t take place in 2021.
The Royal Norfolk Show and the Suffolk Show have both been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Other agricultural events are also expected to be rescheduled as the Covid-19 outbreak continues.
The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) said ongoing uncertainty forced it to make the extremely difficult decision that the next Royal Norfolk Show would take place in 2022 and not in 2021 as originally hoped.
Smaller events and activities could still be hosted by the association as it continues to support education, farming and the countryside. These will include events to support education, farming and the countryside.
It added: “We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and gratitude for the support we have received and we look forward to celebrating 175 years in 2022.”
The Suffolk Agricultural Association said it was with regret that the Suffolk Show would not take place in 2021. All efforts would now be focused on navigating through the next year and planning for a fantastic show in 2022.
It added: “While recognising this is hugely disappointing for many, we do feel that over the course of 2021, we can put on activities central to our core purpose and are planning a series of events, such as equine and livestock shows.”
Meanwhile, the LAMMA 2021 machinery show has been moved from its usual January date. The two-day event will now be held on 25-26 May 2021 at the Birmingham NEC after organisers said an earlier date would not have been right.
Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, group events director for AgriBriefing, which organises the event, said: “The LAMMA show is a key part of the industry calendar, and we have seen an amazing amount of support from all our loyal exhibitors.”