Westmorland County Agricultural Society

The Westmorland County Agricultural Society (WCAS, established 1799) is a registered charity which supports agriculture and related activities in and around the former county of Westmorland, England. Its activities include the annual Westmorland County Show. It was previously known as the Westmorland and Kendal District Agricultural Society.[1]

The society's logo

The Society's objectives are:

(A) To promote and improve agriculture, horticulture, allied industries, rural crafts, the breeding of livestock, forestry and conservation and in particular in the old county of Westmorland and those parts of adjoining counties which are within a fifty five mile radius of Lane Farm, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria; (B) To promote such charitable purposes as the charity trustees of the Society shall think fit.[2]

The Society is based at Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, where it has a permanent showground and buildings which are used for conferences and other functions.

Westmorland County ShowEdit

The annual county show takes place on the second Thursday of September at the Society's showground and is said to be "one of the largest one day Shows in the Country".[3][4] It includes competitive classes for heavy and light horses, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, dogs, alpacas, rural crafts and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. There are several hundred trade stands, and over 30,000 people attend each year.[4]

There was a virtual show in 2020, as live shows were cancelled caused by COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 show is to take place over two days because of COVID-19 precautions.[5]

Other events at the Society's showgroundEdit

The showground is used for various regular events such as the Society's annual Countryfest[6] and other events such as the Red Rose 2022 international scout and guide camp.

In December 2014 it was announced that Elton John would perform at the showground to an audience of 12,000 on 14 June 2015.[7]


  1. ^ "The Westmorland County Agricultural Society, registered charity no. 226087". Charity Commission for England and Wales. (record for 1964-2003)
  2. ^ "Westmorland County Agricultural Society Ltd, registered charity no. 1067224". Charity Commission for England and Wales. (record for 2003 onwards)
  3. ^ "Westmorland County Show 2017". Agricultural and Farming Jobs. 1 February 2017. Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Westmorland County Show". Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Westmorland County Show : Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 September 2021". Westmorland County Agricultural Society. 31 March 2021. Archived from the original on 31 March 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Country Fest 2014: A Feast for All Senses - For Country Lovers". WCAS. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Where to get Elton John tickets for South Lakeland gig". Westmorland Gazette. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Bingham, Roger (1999). From Fell and Field: A History of the Westmorland County Show, 1799-1999. Cicerone. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-85284-290-1.

External linksEdit

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