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    The Royal Welsh Show - Sioe Frenhinol Cymru

    The Royal Welsh Show is an annual agricultural show held in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Wales, United Kingdom. It is one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind in Europe, and certainly the pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar.

    The show celebrates Welsh agriculture, livestock, rural life, and showcases the best of Welsh culture, heritage, and industry. This article provides an overview of the Royal Welsh Show, highlighting its history, key features, and significance. Jump to Royal Welsh Show History, click here...


    Royal Welsh Show - Aerial image of the Showground
    Royal Welsh Show - Aerial image of the Showground



    Venue and Dates

    • Royal Welsh Showground

      The Show Ground is a 150-acre site in the village of Llanelwedd just north of Builth Wells in mid-Wales - sat nav post code, LD2 3SY.



    • Next Royal Welsh Show 2024

      The next Royal Welsh Show will take place from Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th July.
    • Royal Welsh Showground Facilities for Visitors

      There are comprehensive facilities for visitors and exhibitors alike ranging from, toilets, baby changing, banks, wi-fi, park and ride car parks, facilities for the disabled and much more. Full range, click here...
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    Royal Welsh Show with its many attractions, for exhibitors and visitors


    Royal Welsh Show - What's On

    The Royal Welsh Show is the pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar. It is a four-day event that showcases the best of Welsh agriculture, food and drink, and rural life. The show attracts over 250,000 visitors each year and features a wide range of competitions, displays, and entertainment.

    Some of the highlights of the Royal Welsh Show include:

    • The livestock competitions, which showcase the best of Welsh livestock, including cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and poultry.
    • The food and drink pavilion, which features a wide range of Welsh produce, including cheese, meat, vegetables, and wine.
    • The rural crafts pavilion, which features a wide range of Welsh crafts, including pottery, woodwork, and textiles.
    • The entertainment programme, which features a variety of live music, dancing, and other performances.

    The Royal Welsh Show is a great opportunity to learn about Welsh agriculture, food and drink, and rural life. It is also a great day out for the whole family.

    The Royal Welsh Show is a prominent event that celebrates Welsh agriculture, rural life, and culture. With its rich history, diverse competitions, educational opportunities, and engaging attractions, the show attracts visitors from various backgrounds, making it a significant contributor to the Welsh economy and a platform for showcasing the best of Wales to the world.


    History of the Royal Welsh Show

    Early Origins: The roots of the Royal Welsh Show can be traced back to the late 18th century when local agricultural societies organized small-scale exhibitions to promote and showcase Welsh farming and rural industries. These early shows were often held in individual counties and featured livestock displays, competitions, and demonstrations.

    • Formation of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

      In 1904, several local agricultural societies in Wales merged to form the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS). The aim was to create a unified organization that could promote and advance agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and other rural industries throughout Wales.
    • First Royal Welsh Show

      The inaugural Royal Welsh Show was held in Aberystwyth in 1904. It was a three-day event and attracted around 400 exhibitors. The show featured various competitions, including livestock judging, plowing, and sheepdog trials. It also included displays of agricultural machinery, horticulture, and other rural products.
    • Growth and Expansion

      Over the years, the Royal Welsh Show grew in popularity and size. The event started attracting more exhibitors, visitors, and international attention. It became a significant platform for showcasing the best of Welsh agriculture and rural life.

    • Relocation

      In 1963, the Royal Welsh Show moved to its current permanent site at Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells, in Powys. The new location provided more space and better facilities for the growing event.

    • Royal Patronage

      In 1956, the show received royal patronage from Queen Elizabeth II, who became the society's patron. Since then, the show has been officially known as the Royal Welsh Show.


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