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.
2019 will see a complete re-brand of our spring event with the launch of the Smallholding and Countryside Festival.
The event will pay homage to its humble beginnings and will be centred around smallholding and country life, with smallholders and those who have a love of the countryside and outdoor activities at the heart of the festival.
The Smallholders Centre will continue to be the main port of call for those wanting to dip in and out of the free talks and workshops or pick up some useful advice from the ‘getting started’ stand.
There will be a new section with Live Woolhandling competitions and demonstrations. There will be the usual Livestock and Equine classes and demonstrations, along with the ‘Cows on Tour’ educational zone.
We will also be showcasing how to make your land sustainable, whether that is through different management techniques or exploring some diversification options, there will be ideas to consider whilst you’re here.
The food hall will once again be bursting with regional producers from Wales and the border counties, showcasing the very best produce. Our popular street food area, complete with live music, will also be returning in a new location to keep us all fed, watered and entertained throughout the weekend.
As the industry faces a time of uncertainty and change the Smallholding and Countryside Festival aims to attract those who want to be inspired and entertained in an event with a focus on making a living in the countryside.
We hope this new focus and re-brand will bring new audiences to the show ground and offer you opportunities to network and engage with new business leads and establish new industry partnerships.