At the end of July each year, the Royal Welsh Showground at Llanelwedd in Builth Wells, hosts the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. It's one of Wales’ flagship events, attracting more than 200,000 visitors to the heart of mid-Wales from all over the world. Along with an exciting four-day programme of livestock and equine competitions, the show has something for everyone through its wide range of forestry, food, craft and horticulture attractions and displays.
Best in show
The Royal Welsh Show provides a prime shop window for farming in Wales and is indeed the pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar. Competing at the show is the highlight of any Welsh farmer’s career.
Thousands of competitions are held over the four-day period with competitors travelling from far and wide to compete. 7,000 livestock entries are showcased in the Main Ring, as well as the Cattle, Sheep, Pigs and Goat, and Horse Rings.
Non-Livestock Competitions range from wood chopping to honey making, baking Bara Brith to tug of war. The sheep shearing demos and sheepdog trials are extremely popular with visitors… nearly as popular as the gigantic fruit and vegetables grown for the horticulture competitions.
The Royal Welsh Show is a perfect day out for the whole family, with plenty of shows within the show.
Among the highlights in the Main Ring at this year's event were the Paul Hannam Quad Bike Stunt Show, the RAF Falcons Parachute Display, sheepdog and duck demonstrations and The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh - one of the very few all-brass bands within British Army Music, drawing players from Wales’ rich brass band heritage and culture to its ranks.
Award-winning Welsh food and drink
The Food Hall is a must-visit attraction for a taste of Wales. Visitors can sample and buy a huge range of Welsh food and drink produce, much of it award-winning.
Amongst the Welsh ales, wines and spirits on offer are Bluestone Brewing Company, and Aberfalls Distillery. For a snack on the side try the award-winning Welsh beef jerky from Trailhead or Caws Teifi cheese.
Street food traders are also dotted around the site so it’s easy enough to pick up a picnic and find a quiet spot for lunch.
Stands sell a vast range of products at the show from agricultural machinery and gardening supplies to crafts and clothing. Small independent businesses selling artisan handmade products sit side by side with large multi-national organisations.
Stalls have included Bodoli, personalised hand-made gifts inspired by Welsh culture, Pretty Little Props, a handmade clothing range produced at the edge of the Brecon Beacons and Skincarebootique, a family-run soap and skincare business based in mid-Wales with a strong environmental ethos.
The Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) put on an additional show for YFC members at the Young People’s Village (YPV). The campsite and gig venue is a festival in its own right and many young people will visit Llanelwedd without stepping foot in the showground. Expect live DJ sets, indie rock bands, bars… and even a huge inflatable cow!
Planning your trip
Tickets are available from the Royal Welsh Show website. Early bird tickets are available until June and children under 5 are free.
The showground is located where the A470 and A483 cross at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells and the event is well signposted from all directions. Free park and ride buses run to and from the showground from 7.30am until 9.30pm daily.
The nearest train station is Builth Road, just over a mile away from the showground. Or hop on the regular T4 bus route between Newtown and Cardiff as it stops in both Builth Wells and Llanelwedd, only a short walk to the showground.
Download the Royal Welsh Show app for all the latest information and to create your own personalised schedule.
Where to stay
Planning on staying over? Builth Wells and the surrounding area has some superb B&Bs, hotels, cottages, guest houses and campsites in some of the UK’s most glorious and spectacular countryside.
Read more: Things to do in Builth Wells
Royal Welsh shows throughout the year
If you can’t get to the Royal Welsh Show in July don’t worry, the Llanelwedd showground and the team behind the show also host two other agricultural fairs during the year - the Smallholding Festival and the Winter Fair.
The Smallholding and Countryside Festival in May is a celebration of rural life and showcases the real diversity of the Welsh countryside, and the Winter Fair in November is one of the finest prime stock shows in Europe as well as a fantastic opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.
Regional rural shows
With 80% of Welsh land managed for farming in some way it’s no surprise that agricultural shows play a big part in Wales’ calendar of events. The best of regional farming can be seen at local country shows across the country.
Brecon County Show: 6 August 2022
The Brecon County Show, established in 1755, is the oldest agricultural society show in the UK. It’s a great day out for all the family featuring livestock and Main Ring attractions as well as domestic, horticulture, food hall and craft stalls.
Anglesey County Show: 9-10 August 2022
The Anglesey Agricultural Show is an annual two-day event held at the Mona Showground. The show offers superbly presented animals and livestock, a shopping and exhibition pavilion, competitions, craft exhibitors, a food hall, produce exhibitions, machinery and vehicle stands and much more.
Usk Show: 10 September 2022
On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life. At the 100 acre Usk Showground near the village of Gwernesney the show comprises 11 different sections each holding their own competitions on the day. Expect show jumping, companion dog shows and vintage tractors.