What We Do

Delivering the countryside to the classroom!

The Newbury & District Agricultural Society pride themselves on delivering fun, hands-on learning events and activities that are focused on food, farming and the countryside.

Our Education Officer, Jan Murray visits schools throughout the academic year, offering activities in the classroom but also holding events here on the Newbury Showground, and at a couple of venues in east Berkshire, enabling children to experience the great outdoors in a safe environment.

Our Education Programme is open to all schools across Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, East Wiltshire and North Hampshire and can be tailored to individual school requirements or you can simply book one of Jan’s seasonal events.

There is no cost to schools for any part of the Education programme. We do suggest you book as soon as possible though, as events do book up very quickly.

To make a booking or if you have a query, contact Jan on education@newburyshowground.co.uk

2018 Programme Summary

Shake Up Your Wake Up breakfast Workshop Commencing 15th January
Potato Challenge - Planting Showground: 12th March
  Langley Academy: 13th March
Potato Challenge - Harvesting Showground: 18th June
  Langley Academy: 19th June
Agricultural Challenge for Special Education 26th April
Design, Make and Market Challenge for Secondary Schools 14th May
Education Marquee at the Royal County of Berkshire Show 15th & 16th September
Ploughing Match TBC
Autumn Harvest Celebration

Showground: 11th October
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park: 17th October

Cookery School for Secondary Schools Throughout the year
Outdoor Themed Days Throughout the year
Meet the Animals Throughout the year
British Sausage Week Commencing 30th October


A not-for-profit organisation, the Newbury & District Agricultural Society’s key mission is to engage children in the countryside and boost their appreciation of the vital role of the British Farming industry by educating them of the origins of food, how it is produced and how everyone can benefit from healthily grown produce.

Our Education Programme is offered to schools free or charge, but we wouldn’t be able to do this without the kind donations received from the following local businesses:

Cobbs Farm Shop - Cookery School
Arlington Arts Centre - Agricultural Challenge for Special Education
John Nike Group - Education Marquee at the Royal County of Berkshire Show
Mick Crockford - British Sausage Week
Berkshire College of Agriculture - Design, Make and Market Challenge
Peterley Manor Farm Shop - Cookery School
West Woodhay Garden Fair and Chilton Farms - General sponsorship
Waitrose - Breakfast Workshops
Cumberland Lodge - Autumn Harvest

If you would like to help fund a specific event or become a sponsor, please contact Jan on education@newburyshowground.co.uk – for more information.

News update

The Society has been awarded a Business Ambassador Award, given by the Education Business Partnership at West Berkshire Council. This recognises businesses, individuals and organisations who give their time and expertise to support students to develop aspirations and employability. Education at the society was shortlisted in the national Bayer/FACE awards category for 'Inspiring Educator' 2015, and again in 2017.