The Newbury & District Agricultural Society (NADAS) is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, with the main purpose being to educate the general public in the need to preserve the countryside and wildlife and to promote and support the British agricultural, horticultural, forestry and rural crafts industries.
This is achieved through a number of events and programmes throughout the year:
The Royal County of Berkshire Show: One of the top agricultural shows in the country, the Show supports and promotes the best in British food and farming. It takes place over the third weekend in September annually.
NADAS educational programme: engaging children in countryside matters and boosting their appreciation of the vital role of the British Farming Industry. Visits are made to many schools across Berkshire, North Hampshire and South Oxfordshire.
On Farm Competitions: To help promote better and increased food production and to provide an opportunity for local farmers to showcase their food production as well as learn from their neighbours.
The Ploughing Match: Bringing the history of agriculture alongside the modern farming methods to life in this enjoyable age-old tradition of ploughing, and this takes place annually in October.
The Society was formed in 1909 to organise a show to replace the local horse show. The first ever Newbury Show took place at Enborne Gate Farm on 28th September 1909.
Over the years, the Show has evolved from a simple livestock competition through to what it is today, offering a festival of farming, food and fun for all the family! The Society still recognises its agricultural roots and remains at the heart of the now Royal County of Berkshire Show.
The Show has seen many homes over the years, starting at Enborne Gate Farm, moving on to Seige Cross, Shaw and then finally residing at the Newbury Showground, which the Society bought in 1984.
If you would like to support the worthwhile aims of the Society, you can do so in the following ways:
Become a Member: There are different packages to suit your needs and you’ll get some great perks such as tickets to the Royal County of Berkshire Show and exclusive entry to the Members Enclosure, as well as access to many other events we hold for Members throughout the year. Visit our Members page for full details.
Become a Sponsor: Increase your brand awareness profile, link your brand with a hugely successful county event, reach your target audience, entertain clients and business associates and add value and credibility to your brand. There are packages to suit your business objectives and budgets, so visit our Sponsors page for full details.
Donate: The Society promotes and supports the British Agricultural Industry and Countryside through a number of events and the money raised goes back into our free programmes such as our very worthy educational workshops and On Farm competitions. Donate now!