After a cancellation last year due to the pandemic, the English Winter Fair has confirmed that it will take place at Staffordshire County Showground ,on November 20 and 21 this year.

The National Pedigree Calf Show will take place on the Saturday, while the overall Winter Fair champion will be judged on Sunday.

Alongside the livestock classes, farmers and food producers can enter their best carcase and food products to be judged while visitors can experience shopping, and food and drink, providing activities for everyone to enjoy in the lead-up to Christmas.

Farmers will also be able to get support and business advice from a breadth of farming organisations and experts that will be on hand to provide information.

Richard Williams, CEO of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “I am thrilled to announce that the English Winter Fair is returning and to welcome farmers and the rural community back after what has been a particularly isolating 18 months.

“The Fair has long been a highlight for Britain’s farmers, bringing them together for a rare social event and showcasing the high standard of livestock brought to the fair each year by top producers from across the UK.

“Being able to gather with like-minded folk to celebrate and showcase British food and farming has been sorely missed during lockdown and we are all looking forward to this event more than ever.

“We are working hard to implement the necessary safety measures to help ensure the event goes ahead and give everyone in attendance a fantastic experience. I encourage the rural community and farmers to take some well-deserved time out from their schedule this year to get together and enjoy the festivities.”

Potential visitors can book tickets on line for £8 in advance – or you can pay £10 on the gate.