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.

Musical Drive of the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery

Based out of King George VI Lines in Woolwich, Her Majesty’s Mounted Ceremonial Battery, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery roles includes the firing of Royal Salutes to mark the grand occasions of State, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Royal Birthdays and Births. Further to this, The King’s Troop perform the Musical drive at Royal Windsor Horse Show and other county shows throughout the country, including this year’s Royal Welsh Show,

The Musical Drive was first performed in 1897, it involves every element and gun manoeuvre that a gun team needs, originally being a display to mark the skill of the gun teams and their preparedness to go on military operations.

The Musical Drive incorporates 68 horses, including 4 Officers chargers starting at a minimum of 17.1 hands and six 13 pounder quick firing field guns. The manoeuvres on show include the scissors, runthroughs and meet ups for all the soldiers on parade. After this the gun teams have their time in the spotlight to show off their skills and ability in the ‘small drive’, including circles, chain loops and a much faster and closer scissors. The whole display is finished off with firing and the final finale being the gallop out of all horses in the show.

The Musical Drive is only performed at the Royal Welsh Show every four years, so we are delighted to welcome them back to the 2022 Show!

Paul Hannam Quad Bike Stunt Show

Paul Hannam is a quad bike stuntman from North Devon with 25 years’ experience riding quad bikes & 10 years’ experience racing at British Championship level.

Paul Hannam is a quad bike stuntman from North Devon with 25 years’ experience riding quad bikes & 10 years’ experience racing at British Championship level.

The Stunt Show includes:

  • Precision riding
  • Multiple roll stunt quad
  • Jumps as big as possible in the arena provided (Jumping anything he can get his hands on from cars, vans and tractors with the occasional monster truck jump – all of which are done with no landing ramp)
  • Trick riding in all four corners of the arena getting up close and personal with the crowds so no one misses out on the action

Between displays the public are encouraged to visit the interactive stand where they can get a closer look at the bikes, meet the riders and get a photo.

An exciting spectacle not to be missed!

RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team

The Falcons are the UK’s premier military parachute display team, based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, they display at venues all over Britain and Europe throughout the year. They have performed many times for the Royal Family and heads of state and set records and introduced many exciting innovations into formation skydiving.

The Royal Air Force is responsible for training and supporting all UK Airborne Forces. As well as providing a distinctive demonstration of freefall and canopy skills during the display season, each Falcons Team member undertakes continual advanced training as Parachute Jumping Instructors in preparation for future employment in support of the Parachute Regiment, the Royal Marines and other specialist units.

Last year marked the 60th anniversary for the display team and the Falcons decided to change the display format from previous years. One of the most popular parts of the new display is the carousel, we hope you enjoy it!

(Monday and Tuesday only)

Black Mountain Falconry

Roger & June James have been Professional Falconers for over 30 years, and have given Falconry Displays throughout the UK and abroad, flying nearly all the species of Birds of Prey that can be trained, from large Eagles to tiny Pygmy Owls.

With many of their birds they have appeared in Films, Operas: Rigoletto, and Television: The One Show, Spring-watch, and Countryfile. Their Film “Flying with Kites” with Iolo Williams won two Welsh Baftas, and the same Red Kites can be flown by their clients on the hills around Abergavenny.

On the Educational side, they provide School Visits, Care-Home Visits, and “After-Dinner” Talks, as well as offering assistance and advice to Police Wildlife Officers and Veterinary Nurses. At their Centre in Abergavenny, they offer Falconry Courses to suit all ages and abilities, as well as Stag & Hen Parties, Birthday Parties, and other Group Activities, which often include Archery.

Of course they both still hunt with their Falcons during the season, and Roger is the Chairman of the Welsh Hawking Club, which has members throughout the country.

Meirion Owen and the Quack Pack

A farmer born and bred, Meirion has been around border collies all his life. He is the third generation of his family to be involved in the art of training, competing and demonstrating with his border collies all over the country.

Meirion appears regularly on TV and has been on three series of the very popular BBC programme ‘One Man and His Dog.’ He has been featured on many TV programmes including the BBC ‘Countryfile’, ‘The One Show’, SKY1 ‘Pet Nation’ and recently on the ‘Farmers Country Showdown’ and ‘Songs of Praise.’

Meirion’s sheep dog and duck demonstrations are designed to showcase the amazing talents of border collies and the communication between handler and dog. His demonstrations are informative, educational and highly entertaining. They are also interactive, allowing hands-on adult and children participation. Meirion provides his own humorous commentary as he uses a combination of commands to guide his dogs and cooperative (and sometimes uncooperative) Indian Runner ducks around a course that includes tunnels, slides and pens.

Tristar Carriage Driving

The Tristar carriage driving team have had a busy year. Firstly, displaying the coaching team at the Grand National, Aintree for the Royal Mail, who were promoting the launch of a new range of postage stamps featuring past winners of the Grand National.

Another very memorable occasion was being invited by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to drive the coaching team on Sandringham Estate, Norfolk. A fantastic day that ended with having dinner in the company of the Duke.

Displaying in the Royal Welsh Show every year is considered a great honour and privilege, as well as being enjoyable.

At the end of September, the Tristar coach drove along the historic route from Carmarthen to Cardiff, a distance of 85 miles, in memory of Mrs June Williams, who sadly passed away on Christmas day 2015. Three teams of horses were used and were changed over every 10/11 miles. The journey was spread over three days starting from the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel in Carmarthen and ending in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. A staggering figure of £10,180 was collected along the way for the charity Welsh Hearts (Calonnau Cymru). The money raised will be used to purchase 10 life-saving defibrillators to be installed in suitable places along the route.

The Regimental Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh

The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh is one of the very few all-brass bands within British Army Music, drawing players from the South Wales region’s rich brass band heritage and culture to its ranks. All musicians are members of the Army Reserve and commit to the Band around their civilian occupations.

The Band & Drums has a continued presence at the Principality Stadium performing to rugby fans Worldwide.

The Band & Drums have also travelled extensively abroad to counties including Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Canada, Italy and Australia. They have entertained audiences the World over at a number of military tattoos, including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo – the world’s largest indoor show of its type. Other notable highlights include performances in the Sydney Opera House and also at the Royal Variety Performance.

Daily timetable

Every day you’ll find a 12-hour programme of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays at the Royal Welsh Show. Check out our timetables to find out what’s on each day.

Download the Royal Welsh App

The 2022 version of the Royal Welsh App is available to download. A handy bilingual tool including an interactive map, full timetable, latest results and loads more, including information on traffic, the local weather and details on staying safe at our events and within the local area.

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