It’s only a matter of days now until the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd will once again be bustling with activity as visitors are welcomed back to the Smallholding and Countryside Festival.
Taking place next weekend, May 21-22, the springtime event is a celebration of rural life and country living with smallholding pursuits at its heart. Tickets are available online - https://rwas.ticketsrv.co.uk/tickets/272 - and are selling fast.
The festival is a showcase of the real diversity of the Welsh countryside and a great day out for young families, countryside dwellers and anyone with an interest in the great outdoors.
With a packed programme of livestock and equine competitions, displays and activities, live music and food and drink, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Smallholder’s Centre is the main port of call for those wanting to learn more about the smallholder’s way of life. There will be useful information and talks to get involved in, and the Smallholder Hub, a social area to meet other smallholders, share knowledge and gain advice for those just getting started.
Garden expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock will present a talk on Wildlife and Water at midday on Saturday, May 21 in the Speakers Corner.
For dog lovers, The Welsh Premier Open Dog Show is held at the festival all weekend, with the opportunity to see thousands of dogs competing for a chance to qualify for Crufts 2023.
Visitors can even take their own dogs to the event and see how they get on in the Gower Dog Agility course. The Display Ring will host the Rockwood Dog Display with comedy routines and tricks and Meirion Owen and His Sheepdogs.
There will be plenty to see and get involved in at the Country Life Area, including forestry competitions, demonstrations, rural sports and have-a-go activities. The audience will be able to enjoy listening to live musical performances in the Bandstand and watching the Woodville Medieval Re-enactment Group’s historical displays of medieval life.
For those looking for family fun, get involved in the biking activities and obstacle course. Children can give cycling a go, with helmets and bikes are provided. Also featured in the Country Life Area, The Panic Family Circus returns with circus skill acts, workshops and traditional puppet shows.
The Display Ring will be jam-packed with displays, including showjumping, dog displays, BMX Bikes and The Welsh Festival Parade of Land Rovers.
The Meirionnydd Shearing Centre will this year be branded the Wool Zone to promote the versatility and fabulous creations made with wool The zone will include woolhandling competitions, Gwent Guild of Spinners and Weavers, Coleg Sir Gar exhibition, Meirionnydd Vintage Shearing Display and many wool related trade stands.
Tyfu Cymru will once again be taking over the Members Centre for the Tyfu Cymru Growers Market. Growers will have the opportunity to present and sell their products during the two-day event at the prime location.
It wouldn’t be a Royal Welsh event without showcasing the best food and drink produce that Wales and the border counties have to offer. Visitors can sample delicious goods in the renowned Food Hall or take a break and grab lunch at the Street Food area.
For more information about the event, visit www.rwas.wales .
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