The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) is a registered charity, founded in 1847 to promote the image, understanding and prosperity of agriculture and the countryside, primarily through its hosting of the Royal Norfolk Show, the county’s annual two day agricultural show.
Our home is the Norfolk Showground just on the outskirts of Norwich where we host not only the Royal Norfolk Show but a range of other major events throughout the year. Our prime location and host of facilities including our 150 acre site and 3000 sqm indoor arena also make us a nationally recognised venue for events from concerts to conferences.
The RNAA is one of the oldest county associations, being founded in 1847 by the amalgamation of the East Norfolk and West Norfolk Associations. In 1908 the Association was granted the great privilege of the Royal prefix by King Edward VII. For over 100 years shows were held in a variety of locations throughout the county with the co-operation and support of landowners with parkland sites. In 1952 the RNAA made its initial purchase of land at Costessey for a permanent showground, the first show appeared on the current site in 1954. Over the last sixty years the showground has been expanded and improved with the addition of indoor venues, including the state of the art Showground Arena and the MacGregor Building suite of meeting rooms.
The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association aims to help educate young people and adults, and to bring people and business together through a range of inspiring events, including the Royal Norfolk Show and the Norfolk Spring Fling, to promote a better understanding of food, farming and the countryside.