Welcome to the East of England Agricultural Society

Between 1969 and 1971 the Peterborough Agricultural Society went on to become the East of England Agricultural Society as it is known today, by merging four local agricultural societies that trace their history back to the 18th century.

British Food and Farming are ever present media topics, and rightly so, given the importance they have for our health and our economy. As a registered charity the Society’s main focus is the promotion and support of agriculture and rural life. You will find, from within these pages, a good deal of information on the work being done by the Society, and ways in which others are invited to become involved.

As a Society, we work hard to develop collaborative opportunities with other charities and educational bodies, and is a knowledge bank on hand to support others concerned with food, farming and the countryside. The Society is committed to help others along the way from its Showground base in Alwalton, Peterborough. The site that can park up to 22,000 cars and has within it, over 20 miles of roadway, a 2,500 seated grandstand and arena, and a huge modern exhibition hall.

Membership with the Society

Members of the East of England Agricultural Society, enjoy a number of benefits including free or discounted entry to many of our events. By becoming a member you are also helping us support our charitable objectives.

Anyone interested in supporting the Society’s objectives is welcomed into membership and will find many and varied ways of getting involved in all we do.

To find out more about our membership packages, click here


The Society has an active programme for knowledge transfer among farmers and others engaged in the technical side of the agri sector. Recognising that the next generation has to deal with the challenges being set today, the Society has a fun education programme delivered under its Kids’ Country banner. In recognition of our responsibilities as a knowledge bank, the Marshal Papworth Committee works hard to increase agricultural knowledge supporting students from Africa with studies in the UK. Our Cultiv8 group for young professionals in the Agri-food sector meet once a month for talks, visits and much more

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Peterborough Arena

Events outside of the charitable remit are delivered via the Society’s events company, Peterborough Arena, and the website can be found here. Profits raised by Peterborough Arena are fed back into the society to help us achieve our charitable objectives. The Arena website reveals the many events held at the Showground including a number geared to the agricultural sector.

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The fact that they can feed ponies, sheep and chicken, learn how to grow potatoes and tomatoes, make sausages and popcorn all under one roof is amazing

Kerry Smith
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