News - Winter Fair
Livestock schedules for this year’s 25th Royal Welsh Winter Fair have been sent to over 5,500 potential exhibitors.Read more
A record attendance of 29,374 and a top price of £7,100 for a baby beef heifer was just part of the overwhelming success of the 24th annual Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.
Described by the chairman of the Royal Welsh board of directors, John Davies, as “a blockbuster and a phenomenal success,” the Winter Fair attendance was up by 2500 on 2012 and 1300 more visitors than ever before were welcomed to the showground for the event.
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.
The enthusiasm of livestock producers from across the country and their aspirations to claim a coveted prize at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is once again reflected in the strength of the entries for next month’s event.
This will be the 24th Winter Fair, regarded as the leading prime stock show in the UK, and nearly 1250 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, as well as 153 entries in the lamb carcass competitions, will be on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on December 2 and 3.
The recent warning by the British Poultry Council – the voice of the poultry industry – that the country will soon be unable to produce enough UK-reared chickens to satisfy consumer demand unless the planning process for new poultry farms is accelerated, will be of little concern to exhibitors at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair Poultry Show.
We eat 2.2 million chickens a day, 70 per cent of them reared in the UK, and there are some large scale producers in Wales. But the commercial side of the poultry business is far removed from the world of showing poultry, an exciting and rewarding hobby pursued by many poultry fanciers around the country.
Ingenuity, flair and a deft touch are just some of the skills required by the competitors in the Royal Welsh Winter Fair handicrafts classes, not to mention the ability to create mouth-watering savouries and confections to set before the judges in the cookery section at the Fair which runs for two days at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on December 2 and 3.Read more
Livestock schedules for this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair have gone out to 5000 potential exhibitors. The event takes place on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on December 2 and 3, and the closing date for entries is October 23 2013.
The Winter Fair was first staged in 1990, has a reputation as being the best prime stock show in the UK, if not Europe, and is well established as one of the most popular attractions on the agricultural show calendar.
A top price of more than £8000 and an attendance of 25,636 – the fourth highest since the event was established in 1990 – ensured the success of the 2012 Royal Welsh Winter Fair despite flooded roads which made travel to Llanelwedd difficult from some areas of Wales.Read more