Royal Welsh Show

Royal Welsh Agricultural Show Ground, Llanelwedd

The Royal Welsh Show (Welsh: Sioe Frenhinol Cymru) is the one of the largest agricultural shows 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 boom for tourism in Wales.

Events include:

Given its "Royal" status it is not unusual for a senior member of the British Royal family to attend at the Show. A familiar sight is the Prince of Wales, who is generally acknowledged to be a keen supporter of the farming community. Indeed, following his outspoken support during the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, some farmers regard him as an influential figure. One farming union, the FUW, nominated him for his outstanding contribution to agriculture in 2003, which was announced at the show.


Most major businesses with links to agriculture will have a trade stand at the show. Given the number of farming people at the venue it is regarded as a vital opportunity to attract new business as well as to network with current customers. It is not unusual, for instance, to see an exhibition trade stand selling manure spreaders sited next to a stand selling luxury sports cars.

Social event

The Royal Welsh Show 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 of the opposite sex. 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 and tractor driving.

Welsh Cob Senior Stallions

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 the 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.

Rail access

Linked via the Heart of Wales Line station of Builth Road, where connecting buses link with the Arriva Trains Wales service during show times.

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Coordinates: 52°09′29″N 3°24′18″W / 52.1581°N 3.4051°W / 52.1581; -3.4051

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