2021 Wayland Show and COVID-19

The Directors and the Chairman of the Wayland Agricultural Society have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Wayland Show due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

After careful consideration, and in consultation with the Wayland Show committee, it was felt that the ongoing uncertainty regarding current and future restrictions on numbers and social distancing rules are major barriers to holding a successful Show in 2021. The safety and enjoyment of Wayland Show visitors, exhibitors and helpers are paramount.

The Wayland Agricultural Society will now focus all endeavours on planning for the Wayland Show in 2022 which will take place on Sunday September 4th 2022. We shall look forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors back on that date in order to celebrate the agricultural heritage and rural life of the region.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in September 2022.


Wayland Show Offers Community Groups and Charities Covid-19 Support Loans from it’s Spring Ball proceeds.

The annual Wayland Agricultural Society Spring Ball held at Lynford Hall Hotel (just prior to lockdown) saw a full house enjoying a fabulous evening of food, wine and entertainment.  Guests dressed as Peaky Blinders packed the Casino and danced the night away to The Sax Walker and DJ.

Fabian Eagle conducted a charity auction of 14 lots which raised £3,000. In total £8,000 was raised.  Many thanks go to our generous supporters and donors for making the evening the great success it was.

All funds raised are intended to support The Benjamin Foundation’s children and family project planned for delivery from Watton Youth and Community Centre.  Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, the Charity has had to suspend the project for the time being. Therefore, with the full approval of the Benjamin Foundation, we are in a position to offer interest free loans of up to £500, from the funds, to help other community organisations who may be struggling at this time but with the full expectation that the money will be repaid in order that we can reallocate the full funds to the Benjamin Foundation project in Watton at such time that it is up and running. 

Loans will be awarded at the discretion of the Society’s Ball charity committee.  Loans will only be available to organisations who are properly constituted and who operate or have community links within the Wayland Area.

To apply for a loan please download the Loan Application Request form here: https://www.waylandshow.com/cms/uploads/file/pdfs/loan-request-application-form-covid-19.pdf

Completed forms may be returned by email to waylandspringball@gmail.com or by post to:
Claire Bowes, Secretary, Wayland Agricultural Society CIC, Icknield Lodge, Walnut Drive, Hilborough, Thetford, Norfolk IP26 5BG
Tel: 07789 796937



PLEASE BEAR WITH US  The remainder of our website will not be updated at the moment, but will remain a reminder of what would have been a chance to catch-up with our extended family of Wayland Show enthusiasts.

We've been busy organising an even better Wayland Show for 2020.

The new, family-orientated Spring Wayland Show will reflect the heritage of the region and the countryside of the 21st century, and provide visitors old and new with a truly rural show experience. New and exciting interactive events and competitions will offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to enjoy hands-on experiences. The Wayland Show committee have been working with the local community, organisations and groups to combine skills and talents to ensure that the 2020 Show is indeed a regional celebration, proud of its heritage yet looking to the future.

Tickets will be available to purchase online... when they are available please click here or use the link at the top left of the screen.


Information and booking forms available include: Sponsorship, Membership and Supporters plus The Shopping Village, Vintage Vehicles and Tractors, Trade stands and Charities – which are all available here;  and Horticulture, Cookery and Crafts, all Livestock schedules and entry forms too are here and NEW for 2020 our Food Festival Marquee.   First acts announced for the 2020 Main Ring!

New and exciting interactive events and competitions will offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to enjoy hands-on experiences. Whether that means the chance to sit in a shiny new combine harvester, or a close-up experience with a Suffolk horse, or the chance to ‘have a go’ at livestock judging, there will be something available to ensure a memorable day for everyone and you'll certainly be entertained by the humorous kiwi-style Sheep Show.

At the heart of the new Spring Show will be all that is best from the region – quality livestock, unique craftsmanship, local musicians, and local foods and produce.

We are keen to promote local participation to truly reflect the diverse cultural heritage of our area.

We are always pleased to welcome all of our visitors, exhibitors, competitors, entertainers, sponsors and supporters to our show.
You all make it so worthwhile!
We are looking for willing volunteers who would like to assist with varied sections of our Show, from food and drink, main ring, site layout, entertainment and marketing in addition to general help and organisation with set-up and take-down. All welcome! If you would like to know more please call or email Claire Bowes our Show Secretary. Telephone: 07789 796937 or Email secretary@waylandshow.com
Why not become a Member or Supporter or Sponsor? Not only will you have a great day out, but you will enjoy special privileges and be helping to raise money for many local charities and groups. Click on the links found either in the main menu or below for further details.

I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters, for it is with their financial help and the work of the hard-working committee throughout the year, that the Show is able to go ahead. We rely totally on volunteers to run the Show, so if you can help us in any way, please let us know.
There has been much talk recently that too much screen time is, not surprisingly, bad for our health and general well-being and that connecting with nature, not surprisingly, is good for our health! So bearing these two facts in mind, enjoy your family day out with us, reconnect with nature and the countryside and learn a little about where our food comes from together with all the attractions that we have put on for you today. I am a great believer in keeping our rural traditions and pastimes going, as in this ever-changing world it is so easy for these events to disappear.
So thank you for attending and helping to keep the Wayland Show alive. Enjoy your day.

Kevin Bowes
President of the Wayland Agricultural Society CIC

Our Main Sponsors

Contact information is available by clicking on the blue ‘Contact us’ link at the top right corner of this page. Should you have further comments or questions please use the form opposite, or email Claire Bowes our Show Secretary secretary@waylandshow.com

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