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

2020 Programme Summary

Shake Up Your Wake Up breakfast Workshop Commencing 14th January
Potato Challenge - Planting Showground: 9th March
  Langley Academy: 10th March
Potato Challenge - Harvesting Showground: 15th June
  Langley Academy: 16th June
Agricultural Challenge for Special Education 7th May
Design, Make and Market Challenge for Secondary Schools 15th May
Education Marquee at the Royal County of Berkshire Show 19th & 20th September
Ploughing Match To be confirmed
Autumn Harvest Celebration

Showground: October
Wellington College: 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 2nd November


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
Mick Crockford - British Sausage Week
Berkshire College of Agriculture - Design, Make and Market Challenge
Peterley Manor Farm Shop - Cookery School
Waitrose - Breakfast Workshops
Wellington College - 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. In 2019, the Society was 'Highly Commended' for the Bayer/LEAF award - Primary School Partnership.