Do your shopping for Christmas at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair

18 November 2013

Christmas shopping is one of the big attractions for visitors at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and with signs of an accelerating economic recovery this need not be an austerity Christmas for bargain hunters looking for gifts for friends and family at the two-day event at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.

The Fair takes place on December 2 and 3 leaving just 21 shopping days to Christmas and this year the number of outdoor stands are being increased by 40 per cent.  A new avenue will be opened – between the S4C Pavilion and the underpass – creating a circular route around the showground.

There will be nearly 400 trade stands at the Fair and the variety of stalls including craft, clothing, food, books, antiques, jewellery and seasonal gifts of all kinds, will provide a wide and attractive choice for shoppers without the hassle of the high street and with free parking on the doorstep.

This year’s Fair will also see the return of the Christmas Farmers Market, while the Food Hall will be another popular stopping place for visitors where quality food and drink produced in Wales can be seen, sampled and purchased.  Wines, cheeses, chocolates and other delights will be among the delicious products waiting for Christmas shoppers.

The Food Hall will feature a cake-making demonstration of building a 5ft high edible Christmas house, a full and varied programme of cookery demonstrations and a ‘food drop’ will be available where visitors can leave their products for collection later in the day.

An additional attraction, a ‘Gate to Plate’ exhibition, including cookery competitions and demonstrations, will be staged in the Members Centre for the second successive year.

The Christmas theme will include choirs, a jazz band, and for children, a Santa’s Grotto and reindeer display will run for both days of the Fair.

The Winter Fair is widely acclaimed as the finest prime stock show in Europe and is principally for farmers with cattle, sheep, pigs and ponies as the core attraction. There is also a major poultry show.  However, the Fair has developed and diversified since it was established by the RWAS 24 years ago and it is now a favourite with urban visitors as well as with farming families and those living in the countryside.  Last year 26,835 people attended the event, the third highest since it was established in 1990.

The imaginative programme includes floral art displays and horticultural competitions in the showground’s Clwyd Glamorgan Hall – all focussed on Christmas and having fun at the Fair.

The Fair will be officially opened on Monday December 2, by Jim Dobson, the Group Managing Director of Dunbia, one of the event’s major sponsors.