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

Smallholding & Countryside Festival 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19

We look forward to seeing you at next years Smallholding & Countryside Festival 2021

Carolau o’r Cylch

Sunday 24 November 2019, 6.15pm

A warm welcome awaits exhibitors, stewards and supporters to attend a carol service to begin the 30th Winter Fair.

Welsh and English Christmas carols and songs and performances by artists from the feature county of Pembrokeshire.

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony will be held upstairs in the International Pavilion at 10.30am on Monday 25 November.

Following the official opening will be the presentations of the John Gittins Memorial Award 2019, the RWAS Oxford Farming Conference Bursary 2020 and the 2019 RWAS/Nuffield Farming Scholarship Award.

Demonstration Kitchen

10:30     Shaun Bailey, NPTC
11:30     Meet the Producer
12:30     Shaun Bailey, NPTC
13:30     Alex Cook, Pink Peppercorn Food
14:30     Nerys Howell
10:30     Nerys Howell
11:30     Meet the Producer
12:30     Karl Cheetham, Gliffaes Hotel
13:30     Nerys Howell
14:30     Alex Cook, Pink Peppercorn Food

Santa’s Grotto

Did you know that Father Christmas is a regular visitor to the Winter Fair? He can be found, with his elves, in Tŷ Ynys Môn where he is happy to meet the younger visitors to the fair. They might even be given an early Christmas present – if they’ve been good

Christmas shopping

Along with the usual packed schedule of competitions, classes, exhibitions and displays the Winter Fair offers the discerning shopper the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique and original Christmas gifts from the hundreds of tradestands situated throughout the showground, including the food hall, which will be packed full of the very best Welsh food producers tempting visitors to try the wide variety of culinary delights on offer.

As always, the fair will open its gates at 8am each morning allowing you to spend the whole day at the showground soaking up the excitement and festive atmosphere. You can even bring the kids after school with free entry after 4pm on the Monday evening for late night Christmas shopping and another great fireworks display.


We have a free magnificent firework display on Monday at 7pm.

Musical Entertainment

Many local school and community choirs are invited to attend the Winter Fair and entertain the visitors to the event with their beautiful renditions of Christmas carols and festive songs.

School & college trips

Follow the food chain at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair provides the perfect and unique opportunity to show school children and college students the food chain from farm to fork.

From seeing the animals in their pens, students will be able to take in the vast number of different breeds – whether it’s the cattle, sheep and pigs or the chickens in the Poultry Show on the second day of the fair, there will be hundreds of different breeds on display.

Royal Welsh Winter Fair Taste Awards

The society have joined forces with Cambrian Training, Culinary Association of Wales and Wales Culinary Team, to introduce the Royal Welsh Winter Fair Taste Awards.

Designed to showcase the many speciality products produced here in Wales, this year’s event will debut the first class for native Welsh lamb breeds – the Native Lamb breeds of Wales Taste Test.

Breed societies, for all Welsh native breeds listed in the live section of the Winter Fair schedule, have been invited to enter the competition where chefs will cook the joints of lamb ready for a panel of judges (and the Winter Fair visitors) to taste and vote for their best tasting breed.


What are you waiting for? Avoid the queues at the gate and take advantage of the advance ticket prices, by buying your ticket online now.