Showground improvements

23 June 2016

Keeping the showground in tip-top condition keeps our hardworking Estates Team busy all year round.

Not only is the list of upkeep, painting, resurfacing, grass cutting and other general maintenance never ending, but the new projects and improvements to the facilities here in Llanelwedd ensure that the showground is always fit-for purpose and continually improving.

The newly refurbished Neuadd Henllan is open for guests all year round.
The new viewing balcony to Exhibition Hall 1 offers an exceptional outlook over the sheep ring.
Permanent EE mast currently being installed at the showground.

Work is currently well underway with the Royal Welsh Equine Project, which will improve the equine facilities on the showground. The first stage of the project, to terrace the parking area (behind Llanelwedd School) to provide more useable space, is now complete. This will free up more space on horse hill, where better quality hired-in stables and new stables are planned.

The next stage of the plan, which is also complete, has increased the size of the display area opposite Hafod a Hendre which will now be able to accommodate larger equine facilities in the future. This will particularly benefit the Winter Fair and will accommodate 150 stables during the Royal Welsh Show.

The equine project will span a number of years and will require a significant amount of investment. The society has committed £300K to develop the ground works and we are delighted that our 2015 Feature County of Gwent has raised funds to support the construction of the new stables which will also be boosted by the pledged support of the 2017 Feature County of Carmarthenshire.

Elsewhere on the showground, following the hard work and fundraising efforts of the 2014 Feature County of Radnor, the society’s board of directors has agreed to invest further in Neuadd Henllan to ensure that the bedrooms are a fitting match to the impeccable new restaurant and bar in this excellent venue in the heart of the showground.

Guests are now able to enjoy a choice of en-suite rooms all finished to a high standard, perfectly complementing the rest of the hotel which is open to the public all year round and benefits from exceptional views overlooking the showground and ample free parking. With a fully licenced bar and a tempting menu of locally sourced and home cooked food, the hotel is the perfect place to stay if you’re attending an event at the showground or just need a base to explore the beautiful mid-Wales area.

Another major completed project is the addition of a viewing balcony to Exhibition Hall 1 which now offers an exceptional outlook over the sheep ring. This facility has been made possible from the remaining funds from the 2012 Feature County of Brecknock and support from a number of society sponsors.

Looking to the future, preparations for the water project, being supported by the 2016 Feature County of Meirionnydd, have already begun. This project will create a private water system, consisting of borehole, storage and irrigation, to reduce the cost of mains water usage.

The instillation of Superfast Cymru in 2014, a fibre upgrade enabling superfast internet connection, saw improved broadband speeds for not only the showground, but the surrounding local area of Llanewedd and Builth Wells also. To further ensure the showground becomes one of the best connected rural event sites in Wales, the society has secured the instillation of a permanent EE phone mast at the heart of the showground which will provide a 4G phone signal to the site and local area all year round.

Chief Executive, Steve Hughson, explained “Our showground is our single largest physical asset and it is important that it is maintained and improved to keep pace with our ambition to attract new business, increase efficiency and improve our events. In addition to the major projects, we have ongoing plans to improve drainage, place electricity underground and generally improve our infrastructure and communications, which includes mobile telephony and WiFi.”

“Of course, a great deal of this work would not be possible without the unwavering support and incredible fundraising efforts of our feature counties. The success of our events and the excellent facilities here at the showground would not be possible without their continued dedication, for which the society is extremely grateful.”

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