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The Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Show © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

The Royal Welsh Show is one of the biggest agricultural shows in Europe and is also one of the premier shows of its type. The Show was first organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society which itself was formed in 1904 and takes place every July at Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells in mid Wales, it is generally believed that the show has always been held at this location and this is a mistruth, as the show was first held in Aberystwyth in 1904.

The Royal Welsh ShowThe Royal Welsh Show
© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

As previously mentioned the show classes itself as one of the premier, if not the premier show of its type not only in Britain but also in Europe as a whole, this is only strengthened by the fact that according to the official figures for last year a record 241,099 visitors attended from over 39 countries, which must show the high regard that the show is held in by many people in the farming community both at home and abroad.

Like many events of its kind the Royal Welsh has a number of events each year, such as the judging of breeds of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and most general livestock, they also hold the sheepdog trials, which, in Wales are still considered a major event and the winner of the event can expect to be highly respected when they get home! Other events include Sheep shearing, horse riding, carriage skills and falconry. The Show also has a large area dedicated to commercial interests and many a young boy can be found wandering, wide eyed amongst the quad bikes, giant tractors, combine harvesters, muck spreaders and other wonders of the modern farming industry and not just the farming industry as can be testified by the luxury car manufacturers who also ply their wares at the show.

Log Chopping at the Royal Welsh ShowLog Chopping at the Royal Welsh Show
© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

However the show is not just for the farming community, there are many reasons to attend the show, the appearance of the Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, the arts and crafts, the live music, and these are but a few reasons to attend this magnificent event, if you wanted, you could also go Royal watching to see which member of the Royal family was in attendance, in recent years it has been his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales who has most attended the event as he is a vocal support of the farming community.

In general the Royal Welsh Show is an event well worth travelling to see, not just for the farmers amongst us but for everyone, to watch the animals in the main ring, to see the events and hear the music, to be part of such a magnificent show and in such a beautiful part of Wales, make the effort and go and see the show, you'll be glad you did!




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