Spring Festival programme of events

9 May 2013

A 20 hour programme of events and activities spread over the weekend of May 18 and 19 is planned for visitors to the Royal Welsh Spring Festival on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.

This will be one of the most ambitious Festivals to be staged by the society since it began running the event 13 years ago mainly as an attraction for smallholders and country-lovers, gardeners and environmentalists.  Now, the Festival embraces these and many other interests, attracting around 25,000 visitors to enjoy a virtual cornucopia of entertainment that starts at 9.00am and continues until after 4.00pm each day.

A record 340 classes and special awards for livestock have been scheduled for the Festival and the entries received include 602 for sheep, 149 for pigs, 107 Dairy goats, 46 cattle and 231 in the horse section introduced this year.  Entries of Angora goats number 38 with 27 for an Angora Fleece competition and 76 for Pygmy goats.

The Festival this year will include 223 trade stands, 53 stands in a Green Horizons & Sustainable Living exhibition, and 63 Farmers Markets in Wales will be participating and offering high quality food and drink products from Wales.

An open dog show, a poultry show, a farriery competition, a scurry driving competition and displays of floral art and special attractions for gardeners are included in the programme.

Various talks, lectures and displays will be held throughout the Festival including a Gardeners Question Time, Bees and Beekeeping, Quiz the Vets, and many other subjects of interest especially to those discovering the pleasures of growing their own produce.

The entertainment at the Festival includes dance displays, the Bolddog Lings-Freestyle Motocross Stunt Display Team, Ridgeside Lurcher Display and a vintage machinery parade.  Panic Circus, a Mid Wales based circus company providing children’s programmes, which is a foremost teaching circus, will stage puppet shows, storytelling and games sessions for children.

Kay Spencer, Honorary Festival Director, said: “I am delighted with the programme on offer for our visitors and with the support from our exhibitors.”

Admission to the festival costs £11.00 for adults obtainable from the online ticket offices (0844 5445 0517) which is open until May 13, or £13.00 at the gate.  Children’s (5-16 years) one day tickets are £5.  Children under 5 – free.

Full details of admission costs, caravanning and camping pitches and discounted ticket prices for members of the RWAS are available online at www.rwas.co.uk.