Clear Skies Forecast For Royal Cornwall Show
The county is buzzing as we count down the last few days before the start of this year’s Royal Cornwall Show and with this settled warm weather holding out, things couldn’t look better. Taking place from 6 to 8 June, the Royal Cornwall Show is regarded as one of the last true major agricultural shows in the UK. Not only does the Show have thriving livestock and equine sections, but also a massive entertainment programme.
For three days each year, the dedicated Showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town, bustling with life, energy, agriculture, entertainment and trade. It is a significant event on the Cornish calendar with around 130,000 people attending. Over 1,000 trade stands offer quality shopping, and there are many shows-within-a-show, such as the flower show, dog show, motor fair and steam fair. A countryside area, dance festival, forestry, live music stages, craft shows and great food and drink from Cornwall all add to the festival flavour of this fantastic event.
This has been Cornwall’s showcase since it was first held back in 1793 but it was very different then. The first show was held near the Red Lion Inn in Truro and was a ploughing match between local farmers! Since then it was grown significantly and as you’d expect from a modern-day county show, it offers a fascinating glimpse into rural life in the county. Apart from the livestock judging, there is the famous flower tent decked out with wonderful displays from individuals and local nurseries. The main ring offers a full three days of entertainment featuring different headline acts each year, plus show jumping and a fast and furious inter-hunt relay. There is also a full programme of entertainment and demonstrations in the countryside area, alongside Cornish heritage and Cornish wrestling. You’ll find busy marquees dedicated to goats and rare breeds, cage birds and poultry, bees and rabbits, there’s a major dog show, a traditional steam fair, the Cornwall Festival of Dance, forestry and if that’s not enough then there’s the motor fair, agricultural machinery, crafts, health, beauty and more. In fact, there’s something for all the family.
Be warned that the Show is well attended and therefore there can be traffic queues entering the main car parks to the showground. The advice is to get there early. There can be a bit of a wait to get in but we can assure you it will be worth it.