While Covid-19 has decimated this year’s summer shows calendar, it also looks set to have an impact on next year’s events with two show society’s announcing this week that their 2021 fixtures will not take place.
Newbury and District Agricultural Society, the organisers of the Royal County of Berkshire Show, have cancelled the 2021 show amid concerns about the uncertainty over the Covid-19 situation.
An email to society members, said income from 2020 showground rental had ‘dried up’ and there were ‘considerable uncertainty’ about future trading prospects for 2021. The 2021 show was due to take place on 18-19 September.
The society said: “The society’s finances were not in good shape before the pandemic made things much worse.
“There is an understandable reluctance on the society’s behalf and on the part of trade stand, show and event organisers to make any binding commitments for 2021.”
Monmouth show, which was due to take place on 4 July 2021 has also been cancelled. The show’s management committee said the decision had been made amid uncertainty over restrictions on gatherings next year.
In a statement the committee said the planning of next year’s show already required considerable financial outlay, and the risk to the finances of the charity was ‘too great’.