The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales for over a century, since its formation in 1904.

Today our work includes providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities, and the organisation and staging of our ever-popular society events; the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, the Royal Welsh Show  and the Winter Fair.

SMALLHOLDING AND COUNTRYSIDE FESTIVAL

Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys. LD2 3SY

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Smallholding & Countryside Festival on the 21st & 22nd May 2022.

SHOWGROUND

The 150 acre Royal Welsh Showground is open all year round. We host an array of exciting events set against the spectacular views of the Welsh countryside.

The Showground boasts many different venues catering for a variety of occasions such as weddings, business meetings, conferences, concerts, exhibitions and much more.

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales for over a century, since its formation in 1904.

Today our work includes providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities, and the organisation and staging of our ever-popular society events; the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, the Royal Welsh Show  and the Winter Fair.

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has agreed to further extend the lease on the Green Pavilion and Medical Centre and will continue to offer facilities for the vaccination centre and testing centre rent free.

Powys Teaching Health Board first set up the testing centre on the Showground in Llanelwedd at the start of the pandemic, and in January 2021 it was joined by a mass vaccination centre. The vaccination centre can be open up to seven days a week at peak times and is run with the help of volunteers, some of which are stewards and members of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

The Showground provides a great central location in Powys for the vaccination centre and has excellent facilities available to make the vaccination process as easy as possible. The buildings and facilities have been granted rent free to support the COVID response programme in Powys. This has helped to enable the most successful vaccination programme of all health boards in Wales, with over 90 percent of adults having taken up their first dose and over 80 percent having already received their booster.

During the Royal Welsh Winter Fair last November, visitors without a COVID pass were able to get tested for the virus while the vaccination centre was temporarily closed for the event. The RWAS is pleased to confirm that the vaccination centre will remain open for the upcoming Smallholding and Countryside Festival in May, offering a walk-in facility for people wanting a first, second, or booster jab.

Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the RWAS said, “We have demonstrated our support to local communities throughout this pandemic and the facilities on the Showground are perfect for the vaccination and test centres. Allowing these properties to be used rent free seems the right thing to do in the circumstances, despite our own financial challenges having cancelled two years of events.  We should all look forward to a bumper Show season in 2022.”

Adrian Osborne, Programme Director for COVID-19 Vaccination and Test Trace Protect with Powys Teaching Health Board said: “The success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and Test Trace Protect in Powys simply would not have been possible without the support of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society. Their flexible support has ensured vaccination and COVID testing have been available to our communities right at the heart of the county. In fact, this week we reached a major milestone as 60000 vaccine doses have been delivered at the showground. I would like to thank the whole team for their pivotal role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”