Free parking continues for over 46,500 cars at this summer’s Royal Welsh Show
9 June 2014
The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar is fast approaching with the four-day Royal Welsh Show being held on 21- 24 July at the showground in Llanelwedd.
A huge pull for thousands of visitors from across Wales, the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, the spectacular summer show attracts nearly quarter of a million visitors each year.
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is proud to be one of the last major agricultural shows in Britain which still provides free parking for people attending the three main events – the Spring Festival, the Royal Welsh Show and the Winter Fair (it costs £8.50 to park at the Royal Highland and The Royal Ulster charges £7.50).
For the smaller Spring Festival and Winter Fair, the cars are parked adjacent to the showground. At the Summer Show, we operate a successful system of six satellite car parks and shuttle bus system (parking on average 11,500 cars per day). The provision of this free parking facility cost the society £419,000 last year which equates to £5 per vehicle parked. Each of our satellite car parks have dedicated forward parking areas for blue badge holders and the shuttle buses system suitable for people with disabilities.
This year the society has identified a small car park right next to the showground which is being offered as premium paid for parking to life members, governors and blue badge holders. The daily fee is £20, with a 75% discount for blue badge holders, making their fee £5 per day. In addition we offer a mini bus equipped to deal with visitors with disabilities or blue badge holders from this car park into the showground. This car park will hold a maximum of 500 cars and is the only area where charges are applied.
“This new facility is constantly under review as we are sensitive to the needs of all our visitors. We are still offering free parking for those persons with specialist needs in receipt of higher disability allowance, who, for that reason would not be able to use our free service within the satellite car parks.” says Steve Hughson, Chief Executive.
Full details of the society’s traffic management system can be found on the website, www.rwas.co.uk