Unmissable Conference Tours

The Commonwealth Agricultural Conference is excited to announce the itinerary for both the Pre -Conference and stage of the Tour

Sandringham Estate


The pre-conference regional tour will last for five days although it does have limited numbers. The intended format is as follows:

  • 30th June 2020 will be a day visiting the Sandringham Estate – the much-loved Norfolk country retreat of Her Majesty, The Queen. The day will include a tour of the house, grounds, the farming estate and the Queen’s private Stud.
  • 1st July 2020 is a day spent in the picturesque county of Suffolk – famous for being the home of horse-racing and the English landscape painter John Constable. The tour includes visiting farming businesses, including Dingley Dell Pigs who produce welfare friendly pork, followed by lunch and a tour of the Suffolk Food Hall. The day will conclude with a visit to Sterling Tomatoes looking into the art and science of growing tomatoes on an industrial scale.
  • 2nd July 2020 will be a full day at the Royal Norfolk Show, which will include lunch and VIP passes. The Show attracts around 85,000 people and contributes around £20 million to the local economy. Being one of just six Royal county shows in the country it is regularly attended by members of the Royal Family, most recently in 2019 by the Countess of Wessex, as President of the RNAA. Other Royal visitors in the past have included Her Majesty the Queen, HRH Prince Charles and HRH Prince Harry.

Aerial View of the Norfolk Show

HRH The Countess of Wessex awarding the Heygates Country Feed Team of 5

Showcasing the very best of the UK’s farming and agricultural industry, the show is the highlight of the Norfolk social calendar. In 2020 livestock of all shapes, sizes, colours and breeds will be on display with a major highlight being the hosting of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society National Show.  The show rings will feature over 800 Beef and Dairy cattle in 21 breed sections, 170 pigs across 13 breeds, over 900 sheep from 18 different breeds and 70 Dairy goats over 9 breeds. Along with the breed classes each section features Market and Showmanship classes.  There will also be over 200 equestrian classes featuring word class exhibitors and horses from around the UK, including horses from Her Majesty the Queen’s stables.  That’s on top of breath-taking outdoor displays, military bands, fine food and drink, live music, the latest in farming technology and much, much more.

  • 3rd July 2020 will consist of a morning at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) facilities in the famous university city of Cambridge. Famous for being a major international centre for plant science, crop evaluation and agronomy, the NIAB will provide a fascinating insight into their crucial work it undertakes in promoting agriculture and horticulture.

The 4th July currently serves as a day of rest for delegates offering an intermission following the packed touring schedule and before the conference begins. However, we will offer additional options for delegates, who still raring for another taste of Norfolk, including a visit on the Norfolk Broads – a 125 mile network of lock-free waterways and pretty towns and villages. Touring one of the most highly regarded studs in the world – Shadwell Estate, attending the University of East Anglia’s Open Day (where the conference is being held).

There is an opening evening reception on Monday 6th July 2020 with the main conference beginning on Tuesday 7th July for three days. This will include key speakers, plenary and concurrent breakout sessions for all delegates. As part of this, delegates will also visit the thriving 25,000 acre Holkham Hall Estate for the afternoon of Wednesday 8th July 2020. The Estate not only has historic agricultural significance but has also been at the forefront of modern farming and conservation practices. There will be private guided tours of Holkham Hall, and access to the Walled Garden and Field to Fork Exhibition, as well as a tour of the farm.

There will be post conference tours on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July 2020 which include visits to Wissington Sugar Beet Factory, the English Whisky Company distillery and a horticultural business in the Waveney Valley.








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