The Royal Welsh Show is Europe’s largest agricultural show.

Held every July in Llanelwedd near Builth Wells in Powys, it attracts more than 200,000 visitors over four days.

For many rural families, it’s one of the main events of the year. It’s a time to socialise and catch up with old friends, a time to relax and forget about work – and a time, of course, to compete.

There’s fierce competition among farmers and breeders to win the prize for best animal in the livestock competitions and the coveted best in Show awards.

It may be organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, but you don’t have to come from a farming background to enjoy the show. Wandering around the pens and livestock rings can be fascinating and there are countless other events to keep everyone happy including:

  • Horseriding
  • Spectacular displays and exhibitions
  • Falconry
  • Sheep shearing competitions
  • Games and sports
  • Arts and crafts
Another of the show’s big attractions is the Food and Drink Hall which showcases the best of Welsh produce. Live cookery demonstrations are held regularly throughout the day and there are plenty of opportunities to graze and taste all kinds of Welsh delights.

Shopping is big here too. There are over a thousand stalls on the site, selling everything from roast Welsh lamb to raincoats, wood burners and artisan crafts – as well as the latest must-have farm machinery.

This is a Young Farmers’ festival too. They’ve got their own competitions on the main showground but there’s action too on the nearby Young People’s Village.  It’s a mini Glastonbury, if you like, with a huge campsite, live music and entertainment ’til the early hours.

The Welsh media cover the show extensively, with S4C, BBC Cymru Wales and ITV Cymru Wales all broadcasting live from Llanelwedd during the week. The society also hold an annual Winter Fair and a Spring Festival at the same venue - look at its comprehensive website for more details. 

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