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.

Rockwood Dog Display Team

The Rockwood Dog Display Team provides great family entertainment.

The displays takes the audience through every aspect of dog training from obedience performed to music, dogs jumping through 10inch hoops, agility, fly ball and active Man Work where a dog is seen to apprehend an armed criminal. The dog display delights the audience with their comedy routines and tricks.

The dogs well-being and care is always the priority, as the handlers treat their dogs with compassion and above all patience. Some of the dogs have been rescued and perform spectacular stunts like parallel bar walking and fire retrieving.

The team has had countless appearances on National TV including, That’s Life, The Wogan Show, TFI Friday, The Generation Game, The Pets Rescue Road Show, BBC Children’s TV,  ITV This Morning and Dogs With Jobs for The National Geographic Channel on Sky TV.

The BMX Show

The only BMX team in the UK, that are able to move in and out of a shared arena.

With the BMX Show you can expect the riders to to fly through the air performing the most breath taking tricks and stunts.

Only the very best BMX riders will be performing in the BMX Show (including RedBull athletes) to guarentee you see the most impressive tricks – usually only seen on TV.

Tricks include the audience favourite – ‘The Backflip’.

Guest talk from Charlie Dimmock

On the Saturday of the Festival (21st May) we welcome garden expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock to present a talk on Wildlife and Water.

Charlie is one of Britain’s best known and best loved gardeners, specialising in water features. Charlie first came to the nation’s attention on BBC1’s incredibly successful Ground Force.

Charlie is currently in her fourth year of filming a series, Garden Rescue, for BBC.

Welsh Festival of Land Rovers

The South Wales Land Rover Club (SWLRC) has once again teamed up with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society to bring you the Welsh Festival of Landrovers to this years Smallholding and Countryside Festival.

We have seen some spectacular vehicles registered previously and we’d love nothing more than to have your vehicle on display to help make it bigger and better.

For further information or to register please visit; welshfestivaloflandrovers.com

The Wool Zone

The Meirionnydd Shearing Centre will this year be branded as the Wool Zone to help promote the versatility and fabulous creations which can be made of out wool.

To include Woolhandling Competitions, Gwent Guild of Spinners and Weavers, Coleg Sir Gar exhibition, Meirionnydd Vintage Shearing Display and many wool related tradestands, including Allium Threads, Owl About Yarn & Cartref Yarn,  Pen-y-lan Fibre Flock,  Penrhallt Alpacas, Pure Welsh, The Lace Knittery, Wild Welsh Wool and Chakra.

Tyfu Cymru Growers’ Market

Tyfu Cymru will once again be taking over the Members Centre for the Tyfu Cymru Growers Market. Growers will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their products during the two-day event.

Sarah Gould, Project Manager for Tyfu Cymru said: “We were delighted to support growers’ to take part in the RWAS Smallholding and Countryside Festival, by providing them with a platform to sell their produce and to raise awareness of their businesses as well as to share their knowledge with the public. We received excellent feedback and look forward to working with growers on future events. We would also like to thank all of the participating growers for their support in showcasing Welsh grown produce in such a professional, engaging and positive light”

View the timetable of confirmed talks taking place over the two day Festival here.
To take part please visit the Tyfu Cymru website.

See the highlights from the Tyfu Cymru Growers’ Market at the 2019 Festival.

Country Life Area

Live music from the Bandstand

Visitors can enjoy some of the local talent from the Bandstand during the two day event.

There will be an array of musical performers including Welsh folk music, acoustic and Ceilidh bands and singers and guitarists.

See the full timetable of acts here.

Woodville Medieval Re-enactment Group

The Woodville Medieval Re-enactment Group are a living history and battle re-enactment group covering the Wars of the Roses. Founded in Hampshire in the early 1990s the group now draws members from all over the UK.

Living history is a period display of daily life. The Woodville’s often portray life in a fifteenth century military camp. From the point the display opens to the point visitors leave, the camp remains authentic. This includes the clothing worn, food eaten, and the activities and crafts displayed.

Whether you are a history buff or not, you will learn lots and have fun when you visit The Woodville Medieval Re-enactment Group.

Panic Family Circus

Returning to the Festival with his team of versatile performers, Professor Elmo is committed to his people-friendly and child-centred style of new wave non-animal circus and clown theatre, steeped in the continuously evolving tradition of travelling circus.

With over 40 years experience Panic proudly presents the Panic Family Circus where kids (and adults) will be entertained for hours with the circus skill workshops, walkabout circus acts, and traditional puppet shows.

The Premier Open Dog Show (Crufts Qualifier)

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Ltd Canine Section are delighted to have been granted ‘Premier Open Show’ status for the twelfth time. Come and see over 1,000 dogs hoping to qualify for Crufts!

The Premier Open Show is one of the big attractions for visitors to Festival when many prize winning dogs will go on to join over 20,000 other top dogs which will appear at the famous Crufts show in 2023.

There are more than 200 breeds in Britain and dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours will be appearing at the Festival.

Biking Activities

Biking obstacle course for kids. Children can give cycling a go, no need to bring anything with you! Helmets and bikes provided and your children will be shown how its done.

Two sessions will be held each day of the event from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.00pm.

Other exhibits at the Country Life Area:

  • Forestry – Woodchopping competition
  • Country and sports activities
  • Builth Bulls Cycle Track
  • The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) competitions and demonstrations
  • Gower Dog Agility (Take part with your dog!)
  • British Army Health and Fitness