Give your students the opportunity to learn more about food, farming and the countryside in Norfolk!

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association offers FREE admission for school groups and home educated children (including teachers/helpers/adults within allowed ratios). Tickets must be ordered in advance.

Join us for an inspiring and educational day. Visit our Discovery Zone, the hub of interactive learning for young people, that combines food, farming and the countryside with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Last year we welcomed 9,500 school and home educated children over two days, to experience all that the Royal Norfolk Show has to offer.

In 2023…

The theme of the Discovery Zone was Norfolk Fruit and Veg and the Zone showcased the amazing variety of produce that can be grown locally, whilst explaining more about sustainability and nutrition. The Fruit and Veg Trail allowed visitors to see how strawberries, raspberries and blackberries grow, with a polytunnel visitors could walk through, real bees in a box to show how pollinators are applied and even a parasitic wasp applicator to allow visitors to learn more about biocontrol and sustainable practices that local growers are using.

The trail demonstrated how salads are grown, with discussions about insect netting and even a working fly trap that monitors insect levels out in the field! Visitors also had the chance to see
how root vegetables like carrots and parsnips grow, learn more about common insect pests and appreciate the scale of farming with a tractor and carrot harvester on display that measured 20 meters long. Finally, there was the chance for visitors to use some of the fruits they had seen on the trail to make their very own fruit kebab! Across the two days of the show, we made almost 5000 fruit kebabs!

New for 2024…

We have moved the Discovery Zone to sit beside the STEMM Village, an area which provides a platform to educate and inspire teenagers in how STEMM can help us address global challenges. The theme of the Discovery Zone this year is the lifecycle of Sugar Beet. In Norfolk on average, we produce 2.6million tonnes of Sugarbeet on 32,000Ha of land! As one of the most commonly produced crops in Norfolk, come and learn about how Sugar Beet is planted, grown, harvested and then transformed into sugar, along with learning about the challenges farmers face and how these are overcome.

You can also call in at the Rare Breeds Animal Farm to learn more about native breeds and conservation. Stop by the Woodland Area to take part in engaging activities and learn more about our countryside and don’t forget to visit the Broads Village to learn more about the Broads National Park and the unique ecology of this exciting habitat.

School Parties and S.E.N.D. Provisions

All students up to the age of 18 years are FREE with teachers based on the following ratios:

Reception: 1 adult to 4 children
Key Stage 1: 1 adult to 6 children
Key Stage 2: 1 adult to 8 children
Key Stages 3 & above: 1 adult to 10 children

£12.00 per additional adult

Home Educated Families and groups

All students up to the age of 18 years are FREE with accompanying adults and/or group leaders based on the following ratios:

Up to 4 children: 1 free adult
Over 5 children: 2 free adults

To book additional adults and/or parking passes click HERE

Home Educated Families and groups


School Garden Competition

Organised by the Food and Farming Discovery Trust, this is an amazing opportunity for school groups to get involved in the show, understand about garden design and horticulture.

Want to get your school or Educational Group involved with the Royal Norfolk Show? design a School Garden and enter our Competition?

great! Here’s how…

1. Choose from The two exciting show themes to design your garden…

Bee Friendly

An exhibit which highlights the role of bees play in our gardens, including ways to make your garden bee friendly.

Remembering ‘D’ Day

The 6 June 2024 marks 80 years since the D-Day landings, the largest amphibious operation in history

2. decide which type of garden …

wheelbarrow display

You will be provided with a standard wheelbarrow which already contains soil ready for you to create your exhibit in.

school garden

A 2m x 2m plot that will be prepared prior to your arrival with kickboards and filled with topsoil.

3. write a design brief …

each exhibit will be judged against the judging criteria and the designer’s brief.

The brief document itself will not judged but provides the judges with background information regarding your exhibit.

Our Head Horticultural Judge, Kristopher is happy to share his expertise and advice to assist EDUCATIONAL GROUPS in the planning and design process, if you are unsure of anything or would like to explore your ideas.

for more information and full judging criteria download competition document HERE

Your brief should include:

▪ Approximately 300 words describing the concept behind your exhibit

▪ A sketch/plan, in any form, of your concept for your exhibit

▪ Any additional information about your exhibit

▪ a list of Plants List included in your exhibit

4. finally, send in your application …

click here to Fill in the online form and complete your application. Done. Easy. Good luck.

check out Some amazing examples of previous years’ entries…