Year: 2017

Winter Stock Festival Schedule Released Online

Winter Stock Festival Schedule Released Online

Entries are now open as the Winter Stock Festival schedules are released online!

Visit to take a look at the Schedule and download the entry forms.

Hard copies will arrive back from the printers next week and will be through your postboxes shortly afterwards. Hard copies will be sent to those that have entered the Show within the last 3 years, to request a copy of the schedule email or call 01733 234451

Farming Conference Speaker- Peter Melchett

Farming Conference Speaker- Peter Melchett


Our second confirmed East of England Farming Conference Speaker is Peter Melchett, Organic farmer and Policy Director of the Soil Association.

Peter Melchett has been Policy Director of the Soil Association, the UK’s main organic food and farming organisation, since 2001.  He runs an organic farm in Norfolk, is a member of BBC’s rural affairs committee and has served on government committees on climate change, organic farming and school meals. He was a Labour House of Lords Government Minister 1974-79, at the departments of Environment, Industry and Northern Ireland (covering education and health), and Director of Greenpeace UK 1985-2000. Greenpeace started global campaigning against GM crops in 1997. Peter was one of 28 volunteers arrested for removing GM maize in 1999 – all were found not guilty in subsequent court cases.

Theme: Grow or Go

Location: East of England Showground

Date: 2nd November

More Information:

Open Baking Competition at the Autumn Show

Open Baking Competition at the Autumn Show

With the return of the Great British Bake off to our television screens this evening, we hope you will be feeling inspired to enter the WI Open Baking Competition that is taking place at this years Autumn Food & Country Fair on the 8th October.

We have classes for;

  1. Cheese Scones
  2. Artisan Bread
  3. Classic Victoria Sandwich
  4. Decorated Biscuits – 12 Years and Under

Visit the website below for the complete schedule and entry form.

WI Open Baking Competition

Winter Stock Festival to Celebrate its Tenth Year

Winter Stock Festival to Celebrate its Tenth Year

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2nd August 2017

Returning for its tenth year, the 2017 East of England Winter Stock Festival will take place on a new date of Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December.

Held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the festival showcases the very best of commercial and pedigree livestock, along with the latest trends and technologies in agriculture.

“The 2017 Winter Stock Festival will build upon its previous success to deliver a modern event, that caters for everyone with an interest in livestock production,” says William Haire, Festival Show Director.

“Along with a 120 cattle classes and 38 sheep classes, we are delighted to announce the new addition of 25 classes for pigs, and can confirm an excellent line-up of judges.”

Colin Phillips, highly respected stockman and renowned judge, will lead the commercial cattle judging. Mr Phillips, who farms in Herefordshire, has achieved great success in the showring and has judged at many of the country’s leading agricultural shows.

Commercial sheep will be judged by Tom Elliot, of Elliot’s Butchers and Delicatessens, in Northamptonshire. He brings experience as both a farmer and a butcher, giving him an invaluable combination of market insight and commercial understanding.

With the introduction of pig classes for the first time, Rodney Philips joins the line-up as commercial pig judge. As a wholesale butcher, Mr Philips brings a wealth of knowledge on market demands, putting him in good stead to judge the new classes.

As part of the Winter Stock Festival’s commitment to helping the industry respond to challenges through collaboration and innovation, the 2017 event will also feature an expanding area dedicated to knowledge exchange. Welcoming some of the industry’s top experts, this area will include seminars and demonstrations, as well as trade exhibits.

Also firmly established in the festival’s programme is the highly coveted College Challenge and Young Stockperson of the Year competitions. Both competitions have become hugely popular since they were first introduced in 2011, with a record 30 teams competing in last year’s College Challenge.

“Preparations are well underway for this year’s festival and with multiple new attractions, 2017 promises to deliver the best event yet,” says Mr Haire.

“We look forward to bringing together the industry to celebrate the best of British livestock, as well as to share knowledge and innovations, which is particularly important in a post Brexit era,” he concludes.

Further event details, including trade stand applications, are available online at

Notes to editors:

Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, Winter Stock Festival is a premier show, featuring the very best in commercial and pedigree livestock from across the UK.

Taking place on the 1st and 2nd December 2017 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the Winter Stock Festival includes classes for cattle, sheep and pigs, as well as dedicated a programme of competitions for young people in agriculture, including the final of Young Stockperson of the Year and the College Challenge.

The event, which is free for visitors to attend, also features a dedicated trade stand area and a programme of topical seminars and demonstration.

For more information, please go to

Issued by: Rebecca Morgan, Pinstone Communications, e-mail:, t: 01568 617663


Don’t miss out on the BEST Farming Conference in the East of England

Don’t miss out on the BEST Farming Conference in the East of England


7th August 2017

Grow or Go! Farmers to get 2020 vision at East of England Conference

Options for farmers to future proof and grow their businesses will be the focus of this year’s East of England Farming Conference, which takes place on 2 November 2017 at the East of England Showground. Entitled ‘Grow or Go’, the conference organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, now in its third year, will present novel farming approaches and ideas to encourage resourcefulness in British farming.

Thomas Beazley, Chairman of the East of England Agricultural Society, says the conference aims to provide delegates with practical and thought-provoking ideas in three distinct sessions: science, people and politics; case studies of ‘farmers with flair’; and building the British brand. He comments: “We are passionate about offering farmers in the East inspiration to drive their businesses forward in a sustainable way, ensuring our farming industry is fit and healthy in 2020 and beyond.”

Richard Whitlock, chairman of the conference organising committee, will chair the first session. Speakers will debate science, people and politics, post 2020, and include NFU deputy president, Minette Batters and policy director of the Soil Association, Lord Melchett. Richard says: “On the political front, we are living through challenging and uncertain times, with increasing requirements for farmers to demonstrate environmental benefits alongside food production. Farmers will have to be at the top of their game across the board, there is no room for second best in any sector.” 

Tom Martin, a mixed farmer from Haddon, Cambridgeshire who recently started his Village Farm business after leaving a city job, will chair session two, involving five ‘farmers with flair’. The speakers include: Emily Norton, Farmers Weekly’s Mixed Farmer of the Year 2017 finalist; Alec Mercer of Packington Free Range; Jack Stilwell of ‘Get Jack Farming’, Matt Sharp of The Rising Sun Farm, and Tom Wright of Spring Farm Systems. These entrepreneurs have turned the perception of farming on its head. The session will demonstrate how important it is to be resourceful and think ‘outside of the box’.   Emily Norton says: “Farmers need to think beyond subsidies, the status quo is over. We need to embrace change and realise the opportunities it presents, particularly in the way we finance our businesses. Securing external sources of funding and investment will be important if farmers are able to profit from innovation in the future.”

Building the British Brand is the focus for the third session, chaired by Tom Bradshaw, where delegates will hear from experts across the agricultural industry on how farmers can mitigate or remove barriers to growth. Director of the Free Range Dairy Network, and session speaker, Neil Darwent thinks Brexit is a good place to start. Neil says: “Brexit will present one of the most challenging times ever known in British farming. Farmers need to be prepared for the changing landscape and what it will bring. We must explore every opportunity to ensure farming thrives when we leave EU. “I will be urging farmers to identify the opportunities that changing demand will bring and to promote a future farming industry that is founded on market requirements, rather than being production driven.”

Tickets to the East of England Farming Conference 2017 are available to purchase from Eventbrite. Students and Society members can apply for discounted tickets by contacting the organisers via the website.

Conference sponsors include: Anglia Farmers, British Sugar, Brown and Co., Camgrain, Churchgates, HSBC, Land Family Business, Roythornes, and Syngenta.

More information

William Haire, East of England Agricultural Society

Tel: 01733 234451, email:

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Rebecca Dawson, Hornbeam

Tel: 07711 915927, email:

Festival of Hunting Press Release

Festival of Hunting Press Release

Festival of Hunting

On Wednesday 19th July an enthusiastic crowd of over 7500 hunting and countryside supporters attended The Festival of Hunting at The East of England Showground, with festival organisers recording that there was a 25% increase in attendees compared to last year.
Jeremy Staples, Secretary of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society , commented that “the organisers were delighted with this year’s event and this fantastic increase in the number of visitors reflects the positive interest in traditional country activities.”
This year’s festival encompassed the 129th running of the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show and is widely renowned as being the most important event in the world for foxhound breeding.
The event was blessed with good weather and there were fantastic results across the well supported classes for Harriers, Beagles, Bassett Hounds, Drag Hounds, Fell and Stag Hounds, Terriers and Coursing Dogs as well as a thrilling Inter-Hunt relay and a range of equine showing classes.
Key highlights of the day included the inaugural Festival of Hunting Horn Blowing competition sponsored by Lycetts which was won by Nicholas Map. The competition was open to entry for all guests, bar professional Hunt Staff, and the winner received an engraved hunting horn, donated by The Hunting Shop, to commemorate the occasion. The Festival of Hunting was delighted to welcome for the first time, fashionistas Martha Sitwell, hunting heroine and ex-model, Margo Stilley, actress and model and stylist Sarah Byrne who were the guest judges for the festival’s ‘Best Dressed Lady’ which was won by Scarlett Goodall. The Best Dressed Lady was sponsored by Fairfax and Favor, Frimble, County Equestrian Jewellers, Butler Stewart and Teddy Edward, who donated a selection of fantastic prizes for the winner on the day along with an exclusive gift donated by Alice Naylor-Leyland, Vogue Contributor.
Insurance and financial services group Lycetts were the headline sponsor for the 2017 festival which was the second of their three-year partnership with the festival and they hosted a generous drinks reception in the evening at the site which was attended by guests from throughout the hunting community where the very competitive horn-blowing competition provided a fitting round up to the day.
Following their second year of sponsorship, Lycetts Chief Executive, Angus Keate commented; “It is a privilege for those who follow hounds to cross land owned by farmers and landowners and
likewise Lycetts is privileged to be associated with an event that is so clearly thriving and which has become such a key part of the Summer calendar for so many of our clients and contacts, we look forward to being part of this again next year.”

For further information please contact

Equifest 2017

Equifest 2017


9th-13th August

Equifest celebrates its 10th year in 2017.  The show has grown over the last 10 years and now over 10 000 riders and visitors from across the UK visit the show, held at the East of England Showground.

With various attractions, shops and entertainment running alongside the extensive competition schedule it is easy to see why people enjoy visiting and competing at equifest so much.

Members of the public can pay £10 for a car pass which will cover you for all show days (Wednesday and Sunday are free). Members of the East of England Agricultural Society are able to get in for free upon presentation of a valid East of England Agricultural Society membership card.

For more information please visit

Free Entry for Members!

Free Entry for Members!

Just Dogs Live- 7th, 8th & 9th July

Festival of Hunting- 19th July

Free entry to the above events for members with a valid East of England Agricultural Society Membership Card. Please note this is the green card, not the membership badges pictures above (although you are more that welcome to wear your badge!)

Any questions or lost your card? Please contact our Membership team on 01733 234451 press 3 for Membership

Upcoming Events

all-day Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Oct 8 all-day
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
For more information on this event please visit the dedicated show website     As a Society, we invite you to visit our stand in the Atrium to find out more about what we do. …

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all-day East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
Nov 2 all-day
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
For more information about the East of England Farming Conference, please take a look at our dedicated event web page East of England Agricultural Society Members are entitled to a discounted ticket price.