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.


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

We look forward to seeing you at the next Smallholding & Countryside Festival on 18th & 19th  May 2024.


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.

It felt like Spring had certainly arrived in Mid Wales this weekend as thousands gathered to enjoy a sunny fun-filled couple of days at the Royal Welsh Smallholding and Countryside Festival.

The two-day event celebrates the many aspects of rural life, showcasing the real diversity of the Welsh countryside, and proved to be a great day out for young families, dog-lovers, smallholders, and gardeners.

A centrepiece of the event, the Smallholders Centre, provided opportunities for visitors to benefit from a wide variety of information. Smallholding farmers were able to learn about all sorts of interesting activities, including talks on getting started with their farming journey, workshops on making cheese and soap from goat’s milk, beekeeping, and no-dig gardening demonstrations.

There was plenty on offer for gardeners and horticulturalists as Farming Connect Horticulture once again took over the Members Centre for the Growers Market, giving growers the opportunity to showcase and sell their products over the two days.

The Smallholding and Countryside Festival is always filled with exciting entertainment, and this year was no exception. From woodchopping and forestry competitions, to the Medieval Re-enactment Camp, there was a wealth of different rural crafts on display.

The Country Life Area was bustling with have-a-go activities, such as the children’s cycling course, a small breeds petting farm, circus skills from the Panic Family Circus, donkey rides with Emma’s Donkeys Llanidloes, the Swansea Beekeepers Experience, and a fun fair. The event is great for dog lovers, with hundreds of dogs competing to qualify for Crufts 2025 at the Premier Open Dog Show, and the fun novelty dog show hosted by our feature county of Ceredigion.

It was fantastic to welcome local charity Play Radnor this year, whose aim is to enhance the development and well-being of children by providing quality play provision and raising awareness of the importance of play. Many kids enjoyed the activities and facilities on offer over the weekend.

Attracting competitors and smallholders from near and far, the livestock and equine competitions had an excellent line-up of animals in all sections. For many, the Festival is an introduction to the showing world, and a first step up the ladder to exhibiting at larger events. It’s a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the more traditional, rare, and native breeds and for the public to appreciate all the various breeds from across the UK.

Geraint James, the Honorary Festival Director was delighted with how the event went. “We were blessed with excellent weather throughout the weekend, and everyone was excited to be back in Llanelwedd to kick-start the show season.

The Festival compliments the other two larger society events (Royal Welsh Show and Winter Fair) and provides our visitors a relaxed, family-focused event with a wonderful friendly atmosphere. As dogs are welcome too, it really is the perfect family day out.”

The RWAS is passionate about promoting the versatility of wool and the creations that can be made of the material. The Meirionnydd Shearing Centre showcased Woolhandling and Blade Shearing Competitions, for both novice and intermediate classes, along with a Vintage Shearing Display. Next door in the Craft Art & Education Hall, visitors enjoyed demonstrations from the Gwent Guild of Spinners and Weavers and many wool-related tradestands.

The Festival Display ring was jam-packed with entertainment throughout the two days. Crowds gathered to watch show jumping and working hunter competitions, Dangerous Steve’s quad and motorbike performance, the Paws for Thought Dog Display team’s agility tricks, Scurry Driving competitions, Meirion Owen and his sheepdogs, along with the spectacular display of The Hackney Horse & Pony Driving.

No Royal Welsh event would be complete without its offering of food and drink and this year’s Festival didn’t disappoint. As well as the Food Hall which hosts producers showcasing the very best produce from Wales, the popular Welsh Food Village, Glwedd | Feast was bustling throughout the weekend with people taking a moment to relax and enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine whilst listening to live music from local performers.

“We are very pleased with how popular the new Welsh Food Village, Gwledd | Feast was with our visitors, particularly the live music stage. The area was busy throughout the weekend with the artisan Welsh producers reporting a brisk trade from happy customers.” said Geraint James.

“The Smallholding and Countryside Festival has been the perfect way to begin the show season,” said Aled Rhys Jones, RWAS Chief Executive. “The weather has been glorious, and the atmosphere fantastic. So many families have told me how much they have enjoyed bringing their children to the event and taking part in all the activities.

We are so fortunate to have tremendous support from our sponsors, traders, competitors, and visitors at all our events, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in July for the summer Show.”

The success of the weekend bodes well for the upcoming Royal Welsh Show, to be held on 22 -25 July, just nine weeks away! Book now for discounted ticket prices.

The top results for the Smallholding and Countryside Festival are listed below, a full list of competition results will be available on the website shortly:

The top results from the weekend:


Supreme Champion – Jac Issac (Cat No 1778) – Blue Texel.

Reserve Supreme Champion – Andrew Davies (Cat No 1762) – Beltex.

Sheep Group of Three        

Supreme Champion – Jac Issac (Cat No 1797) – Blue Texel.

Reserve Supreme Champion – Mr & Mrs Bryn & Glenda Hughes (Cat No 1106) – Black Welsh Mountain.


Supreme Champion – Amanda Phillips (Cat No 2025), British Saddleback; Sow born before July 2023.

Reserve Supreme Champion – Isabel Soar (Cat No 2016), Any Other Modern Breed; Sow born before July 2023.

Angora Goat

Supreme Champion – Debbie Francis (Cat No 3013) – Cwmstwrdy Kristoff, Pure-Bred Buck, born in 2023.

Reserve Supreme Champion – Jeannie Camm (Cat No 3047) – Paradise Nesta, Pure-Bred Doe, born in 2023.

Angora Goat Fleece

Supreme Champion – David Norman (Cat No 3119), Buck, fourth, fifth or sixth shear.

Reserve Supreme Champion – Debbie Francis (Cat No 3142), Third shear.

Dairy Goat ‘Back to Back’ Shows Day 1 & Day 2

Champion – Rachel Sparkes (Cat No 3311) – Wilowriver Yuzu, Female goat that has kidded more than once, any age, entered in the BRITISH ALPINE Herd Book.

Reserve Champion – Rachel Sparkes (Cat No 3319) – Wilowriver Aurora, Female Goat that has borne a kid, any age, in milk ANY OTHER VARIETY.

Dairy Goats Male Champion Day 1:

Champion – Snowdonia Goat Company (Cat No 3352) – Darwil Adonis, Male Goat over one year of age entered in the SAANEN or BRITISH SAANEN Section of the Herd Book.

Pygmy Goat Breed Champion       

Champion – Jill Osborne (Cat No 3246), Penrhiw Cleo – Veteran Female – 7 years and over.

Reserve Champion – Jill Osborne (Cat No 3239), Penrhiw Gabrielle – Adult Female, 2 years but not exceeding 6 years.

Pygmy Goat Pet Champion

Champion – P M Keates (Cat No 3211) – Gemstone Callista, Pet Females & Wethers, Aged 4 years and over.

Reserve Champion – Tracey Cater (Cat No 3213), Dreamers Nancy, Pet Females & Wethers, Aged 4 years and over.


Supreme Champion – Mr David Powell (Cat No 4000) – SHELSLEYS KWAGGA, Belted Galloway, Bull 12 months old and over

Reserve Supreme Champion – I & H Macleod (Cat No 4018) – CARPENTERS CURLY 20th, Cow or Heifer in calf.

Equine Supreme Championship

Champion – Exhibiting As; Mrs A Crawford, Handled/Ridden by Zara Owen – Bassymoor distant Land – RIHS Large Riding Horse Mare or gelding, 4 years old and over, exceeding 158cms.

Reserve – Exhibiting As; Rowena Cooper, Handled/Ridden by Poppy Anderson – COOPER – BSPS – LIHS Qualifier – Junior Performance Pony not exceeding 148cms.