The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest agricultural show in Europe. It is organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, which was formed in 1904, and takes place in July of each year, at Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells, in Powys, Mid Wales.
The first show was held in Aberystwyth in 1904, and its success led to the development of the permanent showground at Llanelwedd, first used in 1963.
The show lasts for four days and attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually, making it a major boon for tourism in Wales.
- Judging of cattle, sheep, horses, goats, pigs and various other domestic animals
- Sheepdog trial
- Sheep shearing competitions
- Horse riding competition
- Four-in-hand and Carriage Driving display
- Games and sports such as the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery of the Royal Horse Artillery
- Arts and crafts show
- Live music
The Royal Welsh is particularly significant for young people who live in farming communities in Wales. It is regarded as one of the highlights of the year and as an opportunity to socialise with old friends and make new acquaintances, particularly.
The Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs runs a series of competitions throughout Wales throughout the year and the finals of the practical competitions usually take place at the Show. Amongst these events are stock judging, tug of war competitions, cookery classes, flower arranging, craft activities and also disco dancing.
Arguably the biggest event at the show is the Welsh Cob Senior Stallion class, traditionally held on the Wednesday afternoon of the show (“Welsh Cob Wednesday”). The class is held using the entire main arena, and the grandstand, opposite hill and surrounds are typically packed, with seating becoming hard to come by from about 10:30 onwards. The 50+ stallions are paraded at a trot in front of the grandstand raising often thunderous roars from the crowd before they settle down for the judging of the class.
This event on its own brings spectators from all around the world.
As usual The National Library of Wales will have a presence throughout the four days and this year will be concentrating on Welsh newspapers on line.
There will also be a an exhibition highlighting the ancestry of the shows current president Mr Wyn T. Jones FRAgS of Anglesey and also activities for the younger visitors including creating a family tree and also drawing a picture of their family.
Please visit us directly behind the main grandstandstand where you will be assured of a warm welcome.
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