Society History

The Society's History

The Society put on the first Newbury Show at Enborne Gate Farm on 28th September 1909 and has been staging this annual Show ever since with brief gaps in the early 30’s. The Show has been held in various venues around Newbury and has developed into a two-day Show in 1976. The Society purchased its current home, Newbury Showground, at the intersection of the M4 and A34 in 1984. Since then the event has gone from strength to strength; now known as the Royal County of Berkshire Show, it is a highly respected agricultural and rural event and ranks within the top ten agricultural shows in the country. The Show is one of many tools to deliver the objects of the Society.

We have been promoting excellence in agriculture for over 100 years. NDAS gives annual awards to encourage excellence in practice and in academia. We present awards for long service in agriculture and consider awards for new developments in machinery; agriculture and equine students, excellence in farming, estate management, woodlands, science, research and technology).


The Society recognised its Centenary in 2009.

The Society staged its first show in 1909 at Enborne Gate Farm, Newbury. There were three breaks in the 20th Century when no show took place. Between 1914 and 1918 during First World War, between 1928 to 1935 during the farming depression and again during the Second World War 1939 to 1945. Since then the Show has grown to become one of the leading agricultural shows in the country. In 2009 a number of events took place to celebrate 100 years of the Society. Read more about the history of the showground here.

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