Cranleigh Show moves to a Saturday for 2013

HOR 030808 Cranleigh Agricultural show, -photo by steve cobb
HOR 030808 Cranleigh Agricultural show, -photo by steve cobb

One of the biggest dates on the rural calendar will be held on a Saturday instead of the usual Sunday in 2013.

The 67th Cranleigh Show will be held on Saturday August 3 after the Show committee changed the date to avoid clashes with other events.

The new RideLondon-Surrey 100 and RideLondon-Surrey Classic events were also scheduled to take place on Sunday August 4.

These races form part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Olympic legacy’ and will be annual events involving 20,000 amateur cyclists on a ten-mile cycling challenge through the closed roads of London and Surrey.

Initial indications that the races would follow the 2012 Olympic route would have enabled the Cranleigh Show, which was founded in 1946, to proceed on its traditional Sunday date at the beginning of August.

However, at a meeting on January 15 with RideLondon-Surrey organisers, it emerged that the route would deviate significantly and involve the all-day closure of roads through a large part of the Surrey Hills close to the Showground, cutting it off completely from large parts of the county and beyond.

After much deliberation, the Show organisers decided that the road closures and the competing attraction of the road races would have such a significant effect on competitors, traders and spectators trying to reach the Showground, that they had no choice but to move the date to Saturday August 3, 2013.

For more information visit the Cranleigh Show’s website.