DUE to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year's Royal Welsh Show has been cancelled.

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

In a statement, the society said: "With the Government advising against attending mass gatherings and further action relating to social distancing and self-isolation and unnecessary travel, the society felt there was no other option.

"We have considered postponement or whether we could run a smaller event, but for many reasons, neither of these options are viable.

"Whilst this news is disappointing for everyone, we are sure that you would agree that the health, safety and wellbeing of our members, visitors, exhibitors and staff is of paramount importance."

The statement added: "This will be a difficult year for the society and we understand that we are not alone and that we will all be affected by the financial outcome of this scenario.

"We have created a cancellation policy that we hope allows those requiring refunds to receive them.

"At the same time, we are giving the opportunity for our many supporters to leave funds already committed with the society, or to be rolled over to 2021."

Any e-tickets already purchased can be rolled over to the 2021 Royal Welsh Show at this year’s prices.

A full refund will be given to anyone requiring this option.

All competition entry fees and associated costs will be refunded.

Meanwhile, traders and sponsors will have the opportunity to leave funds already committed with the society to secure their presence at the 2021 show at this year’s rates.

Full refunds will be given to everyone requesting that option.

Members will have the opportunity to secure a caravan plot for the 2021 show at this year’s rates by taking no further action.

Any member wishing to cancel their booking will receive a full refund.

The statement added: "The society would like to thank our members, traders, exhibitors, competitors, sponsors and all stakeholders for their understanding and patience during this period of uncertainty.

"We will keep you fully informed regarding any further developments during this unprecedented situation."