Welcome to the ASAO website

The Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations - the voice of the UK agricultural show industry.

VISITORS TO SHOWS six million people visit agricultural and country shows in the UK annually – that’s about 10% of the population.  You can find out what shows are on and when, link to their websites and access all the information needed to enjoy a great day out.  From our Royal Shows, County Shows, Agricultural, Horticultural and Equine to great Countryside and Country Sports shows.  400 days of entertainment can be found via this website – click on the ‘Events Calendar’ tab now. 

EXHIBITORS AND COMPETITORS – you can find all the shows listed in date order or sort by area and access each show's website direct through this site.  In excess of 6 million visitors are predicted to visit UK shows this year, so don’t miss out on a great opportunity.

MEMBERS – find the latest information on legislation, DEFRA news, HSE guidelines, suppliers and how to contact other shows in your area for help and assistance.  Use the Members' forum to swap information and see best practice stories from other similar events.

The ASAO runs an Annual Autumn Conference, a Spring Learning Day and regional meetings around the UK. Membership brings with it cheaper rates on PPL (Phonographic Performing Licence) and access to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 24hr helpline.

 “The ASAO is run by show people for shows and gives the best value for money information service available to any event organiser”.


ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014 - this year's Conference is on 14th - 16th November in Edinburgh.  Further details and the link to book on-line is in the Members' Area under the Conferences tab (see left-hand menu).


Agricultural Show Safety – Managing Health and Safety Risks: in view of the ever-changing requirements that face everyone, the ASAO, in consultation with other agencies, have updated this guidance. Click here for the document.

Code of Practice – Preventing or Controlling Ill Health from Animal Contact at Visitor Attractions: every year millions of people visit premises where members of the public, particularly children, are encouraged to view or touch animals.  The purpose of this Code of Practice is to help ensure visitor health and safety by providing sensible, practical and proportionate guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions. Click here for the document.

Animal Welfare Plan: agricultural Shows promote the public awareness of all aspects of farming and conservation. They provide an opportunity to see farm livestock presented at their best.  Show organisers have an obligation to ensure that the best welfare practices are observed at all times and to demonstrate that due consideration has been given to all aspects of animal welfare at a Show a welfare plan should be developed.  To assist Show organisers in developing a plan, a guidance note and a plan template have been produced - click here for the document.

ASAO HANDBOOK AND SHOW DATES 2014 - the official Members' Handbook of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations.  The Handbook lists member shows/organisations' show dates, venue addresses, contact details and other useful information.  Click here to purchase a copy.

Useful web addresses:
Charity Commission - www.charity-commission.gov.uk
Companies House - www.companieshouse.gov.uk
DEFRA - www.defra.gov.uk
Met Office Weather - www.metoffice.gov.uk
NFU - www.nfuonline.com