Sunshine joins the crowds at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival

21 May 2018

A fun-filled couple of days has been enjoyed by thousands at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival in Llanelwedd this weekend. A celebration of smallholding and rural life, the Spring Festival is a firm favourite for many in the spring show season.

With an emphasis on smallholding, the Spring Festival offered everyone the opportunity to benefit from a huge selection of free workshops, talks, question and answer sessions, demonstrations and displays taking place all weekend. It didn’t matter if it was growing vegetables, shearing, treating and vaccinating pigs, keeping chickens, managing woodlands, or many other topics and skills, there were opportunities for everyone to learn something.

The weekend was filled with fun, educational have-a-go activities that kept happy visitors entertained throughout the two days. Whether they had a go at handling an exotic animal, learning a circus trick, taking part in stock judging, stepping inside a bee experience tent or milking a cow, it is sure to say that everyone enjoyed all the hands-on activities available throughout the festival.




“We are really pleased with how much everyone enjoyed the first Royal Welsh event of 2018.” said Kay Spencer, Spring Festival Director. “This event is always a fantastic way to kick-start the show season and this year has been no different. Our fantastic visitors have come out in force, revelled in the wonderful friendly festival atmosphere and fully embraced the ethos of the event… a celebration of smallholding and rural life.”

Soaking up the beautiful spring sunshine, the crowds gathered to watch the daring James Dylan’s Stuntworld motorcycle show, the entertaining Meirion Owen and his famous Quack Pack, along with a host of other entertainment, including scurry driving, show-jumping, the

BASC Gundog Display, tug-of-war competitions and the spectacular display called the Festival of Welsh Land Rovers.

The more athletic visitors braved the heat and the mid-Wales hills to once again take on the challenge of the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival, run in conjunction with Run 4 Wales. A series of challenging but scenic trail races, starting and finishing in the showground and taking in the surrounding valleys, fields and woodland tracks was held on the Saturday of the festival. The hundreds of finishers were presented with a technical Trail running t-shirt and a commemorative Welsh slate medal.




Food and drink play a large part of any Royal Welsh event and the Spring Festival doesn’t disappoint. With the ever-popular food hall and the teeming Street Food area, visitors were faced with a huge choice of tasty delicacies to try throughout the weekend.

Along with the cookery demonstrations in the Welsh Food Skills Centre and the Taste of Game kitchen in the Food Hall, festival-goers were treated to a live baking demonstration from Bakes Off’s Val Stones and Louise Williams. Whipping up a replica three-tiered, elderflower and lemon Royal wedding cake, made with Welsh products donated by the exhibitors in the Food Hall.

Completing the wedding theme, children visiting the festival on Saturday enjoyed dressing up and joining in with our Royal wedding party games and taking home their own party bag.

“The Spring Festival is the perfect way to begin the show season for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society” said Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society. “I am delighted, given the competing demands of a Royal wedding and the FA Cup Finals, that the crowds still came to our event and created a fantastic and enjoyable atmosphere.”

 “We are fortunate to have this tremendous support at all of our events, the next one being the up-coming Royal Welsh Show just nine weeks away, held here at the showground in Llanelwedd on 23 - 26 July. Whilst in the meantime we are looking forward to hosting the 2018 Urdd National Eisteddfod from 28 May – 2 June.  ”

The top results for the weekend are listed below, a full list of competition results will be available on the website shortly:

The top results from the weekend:

Champion - Master Oliver Sparks, Pontyclun, RCT    
Reserve - Miss Cenin Eifion, Gwynedd

Sheep Group of Three    
Champion - Lynda & Griff Richards-Davies, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire  
Reserve - Master Oliver Sparks, Pontyclun, RCT

Champion - Mrs A J Walton, Cheshire  
Reserve - Bleddyn & Gayna Beck, Neath

Angora Goat          
Champion - D & V Lockton, Pembrokeshire     
Reserve - D & V Lockton, Pembrokeshire

Dairy Goat Day 1
Champion - Mr Nick Parr, Surrey
Reserve - Mrs & Miss T & M Ogborne, Bristol

Dairy Goat Day 2  
Champion - Mr Nick Parr, Surrey
Reserve - Mr Kevin Rose & Miss Wendy Holden, West Midlands

Pygmy Goat Breed Champion  
Champion - Messrs Tim Bee & Nigel Keen, Monmouthshire
Reserve - Mrs Jill Osborne, Newport

Pygmy Goat Pet Champion       
Champion - Mrs June Camfield, Newport         
Reserve - Mr & Mrs J & P Keates, Worcestershire

Boer Goat   
Champion - Mr Ian Johnson, Derbyshire          
Reserve - Mr Jo Jenkins

Angora Fleece       
Champion - C & D Tyler, Pembrokeshire          
Reserve - Ms Jeannie Camm, Ceredigion

Champion - Mrs Carolyn Redmayne, Cambridgeshire           
Reserve - Mrs Alma James, Pembrokeshire

Best Sheep Breed Tradestand Award
Winner - Hebridean Sheep Society       
Reserve - Badger Face Welsh Mountain

Best Cattle Breed Society Stand         
Winner - Highland Cattle Club of Wales
Reserve - Big Time Lowline Angus

CHAPS Mid Welsh Regional Show, Supreme In-Hand      
Champion - Matthew Carr with Carn Nicholas Tom, Swansea         
Reserve - Rosita Hamar with Tic Tac Toc, Handler – Elliot Clifton, Shropshire

Heavy Horses/Shires/Foreign, World or Rare Breeds       
Champion - Heather Robertson with Colony Yasmin, Monmouthshire      
Reserve - Rosita Hamar with Coolee Bend Talisman, Shropshire

Novice Section     
Champion - Tori Thomas riding Penstrumbly Our Latif, Swansea   
Reserve - Mati Davies riding Syfynwy Sweet Annabel, Pembrokeshire

British Miniature Horse Society
Champion - Charlotte Leonard with Karosel Alamo’s Perdita, Rhondda Cynon Taf        
Reserve - Charlotte Leonard with Blackspirits Queen of Diamonds, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Donkey Breed Society Championship
Champion - Clare Humphries with Lottie, Wiltshire    
Reserve - Karen Palmer with Chocolate Penny, Carmarthenshire

CHAPS Mid Welsh Regional Show, Supreme Ridden       
Champion - Sophia Chambers with Cilmaengwyn Romany Lad, Powys   
Reserve - Wayne Rees with Hollyland Maystar, Rider - Sian Warman-Randall, Powys                  

Hacks & Riding Horses  
Champion - Zara Owen with Hide N Seek, Powys      
Reserve - Jessica Cox with Rainstown Dazzler, Monmouthshire

Side Saddle
Champion - Mr & Mrs Gough with Nolton Hareton, Rider - Kate Mills, Powys       
Reserve - Rachael Forkings with Parys Lad, Powys

Champion - Molly Walsh with Romanno Hot Spot, Pembrokeshire 
Reserve - Rhodri Jones with Jasmine Al Wallian, Handler - Rhiannon Jones, Carmarthenshire

Veteran Horse Society Area Qualifier – In-Hand      
Champion - Sue James & Carwyn Williams with Mas Mitch, Handler - Jonathan Jones, Carmarthenshire    
Reserve - Julia Rudall with Gryngallt Peridot, Caerphilly

Veteran Horse Society Area Qualifier – Ridden       
Champion - Gemma Rees with Banjo II, Pembrokeshire       
Reserve - Elizabeth Powell with Edw Cream Cracker, Rider - Mya Perry, Powys

Irish Draught         
Champion - Zara Owen with Griffin Bridge, Powys    
Reserve - Emma Allum with Foxridge Archibald, Rider - Shelly Higham, Carmarthenshire