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 is putting in place hot weather protocols for the 2022 Royal Welsh Show which will begin before the show starts on Monday 18th July. With hot weather forecast for the beginning of the event, the Society is taking additional precautions and working hard with our partners to mitigate the risks of heat and improve the safety of people and animals.

The precautions we have put in place to safeguard those people visiting, exhibiting and working at the event are as follows;

  • We will have additional water resources to the site and local area, for both livestock and people.
  • The use of temporary charcoal barbeques is prohibited on all sites owing to the risk of fire.
  • Public safety advice has been published reminding visitors to wear sunscreen, and a sunhat and to bring a water bottle to make use of our many water refill points around the showground to keep hydrated.
  • Additional undercover seating areas have been created for visitors to have a rest in the shade next to the Horticulture Marquee and within the Council area.
  • Dress codes for our officials and competitors are being relaxed as required.

As in previous years, dogs are not allowed on site (except for assistance dogs) and must not be left in cars.

Additional safety measures are being put in place working alongside the Builth Wells Safety Advisory Group.

We ask that everyone visiting the show follows the advice on Public Health Wales. For more information on safety at our events please visits our website.

Welfare of Livestock

Numerous provisions are also being made within the livestock section. Additional water will be available, and fans have been installed in all the livestock buildings with new upgraded fans in the most vulnerable areas. Arrival times for livestock have been amended in order to welcome stock in the early morning and late evenings, to avoid queues at the hottest times of the day.

Our Society vets will be on call during the setup and duration of the event for any veterinary assistance, with stewards also on hand to help with any issues that may occur.

Temperatures in the livestock buildings will be monitored continuously, to support real-time decisions. Consideration will also be given to class timings, which can be changed if necessary.

The Society is working in partnership with the Met Office, Dwr Cymru, Public Health Wales, Chief Veterinary Officer, Local Authority and all blue light services to ensure that the Royal Welsh Show is a great success, despite the predicted weather. We are very much look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Showground in Llanelwedd next week for what is set to be a fantastic show.