The Royal Welsh Winter Fair has been cancelled as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the Powys social calendar.

The summer fair was replaced with an online version last week, which attracted more than 50,000 viewers, but there were hopes the winter version on November 30 and December 1 could go ahead.

But now the Royal Welsh Winter Fair has also been cancelled amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The cancellation will have a "significant impact" on the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and all stakeholders, the organisers said.

The trustees came to the conclusion that the event could not operate safely within the law covering social distancing and guidance affecting mass gatherings. There are no plans to allow large gatherings or reduce the 2m rule in Wales in the near future.

Steve Hughson, chief executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, said: “Everyone at the society is deeply disappointed that all of our major events have been cancelled this year. However we take our responsibilities as an event organiser very seriously and must play our part in fighting this pandemic.

"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 in what is an unprecedented situation. We are all working hard to ensure that the society and its events come through this crisis and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our showground when it is safe to do so.”