Show jumpers for Royal Welsh Spring Festival

14 February 2013

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Spring Festival, which attracted a record attendance in 2012 of more than 26,000 visitors, will take place this year on the weekend of May 18 and 19 on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.

This will be the 12th Festival to be run by the RWAS since it took over the management of the event in 2001 developing it into a key attraction for smallholders, gardeners and country lovers with a programme full of interest and entertainment for people of all ages.

This year’s schedule will include all the many features that have made the Festival so popular with the public – livestock, poultry, a premier open dog show, woodland crafts, a Green Horizons and Sustainable Living exhibition, Folk Dance Festival and, new this year, a horse section with classes for working hunters and show jumping.

The livestock section will include native breeds of cattle, sheep, Angora, Pygmy and Dairy goats, and pigs. There will also be farriery competitions, vintage machinery and caravans, a Speakers’ Corner, a Gardeners Question Time programme, and Farmers Markets in Wales will be based in the Clwyd Glamorgan Hall with a wide range of home-produced food and drink.

The Festival’s winning formula will once again include numerous demonstrations on subjects such as bee-keeping and craftwork, and hundreds of trade stands displaying everything for smallholders and gardeners from tools, equipment and clothing, to plants and shrubs.

The colourful displays in the Floral Hall are a favourite attraction with visitors and not to be missed and there will also be a Gardeners’ Corner where experts will be ready to dispense advice and information.

There will be an action-packed programme of entertainment including special activities for children and auctions will also be held during the weekend.

Admission to the Festival this year will cost £13 for adults and £5 for children aged 5-16 years. A family ticket costs £30 and children 4 years old and under are admitted free.

Pre-Festival prices are £11 for adults, and £28 for a family ticket. Admission charges for children are unchanged. There is an administration charge of £2 per order on all pre-Festival passe