Cornwall LivingIssue #72

Best in show

Renowned for its offering of entertainment, it’s well worth making time to visit the three-day Royal Cornwall Show.

Taking place on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, the focal point of the show, as always, is the large main ring, where you’ll find headline acts ranging from the fast and furious, to the majestic and skilful.

“…there may even be a chance for some lucky members of the crowd to take part.”

First up this year is Cavalry of Heroes – World War 1 Horses and Heroes. To mark the 100-year anniversary of the First World War, Cavalry of Heroes will make their Royal Cornwall Show debut with a limited-edition performance commemorating the role that the valiant horses and soldiers played during The Great War. Poignant and dignified, the professional riders will combine tricks and stunts on horseback to a fantastic musical score, rousing a sing-along before a final cavalry charge.

Next is the Kangaroo Kid. Direct from Australia’s Gold Coast, the fearless Matt Coulter makes a welcome return with his fast-paced, stunt-filled quad bike act. If it’s in his way, be it a car, tractor or truck, daredevil Matt will jump it, and this year, there may even be a chance for some lucky members of the crowd to take part. A typically dry Australian sense of humour ensures that Matt’s commentary is twice as hilarious, so it’s one not to be missed!

The Royal Cornwall Show would not be complete without a flyover by the RAF Falcons and a colourful aerial display from the UK’s premier parachute team. Visible from across the showground as they descend from the sky, the team creates a breathtaking spectacle which culminates in a pinpoint-accurate landing in the main ring!

The Devon and Cornwall Police Dogs Display team will also be there, showing off their skills as well as how the canine and human policing partnerships protect the public.

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, based in HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, will also be present, displaying pomp and ceremony in true military fashion. Onlookers can expect rousing tunes and synchronised marching when this fine band performs on Thursday, and again on Saturday!

There will also be the usual parades of prize winning livestock, edge-of-the-seat show jumping classes, hound parades, and the thrilling inter-hunt relay – a horseback team race that never fails to excite – all jam packed into the main ring’s programme. What more could you want?

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For more information about this year’s show and to buy advance tickets, visit

"...there may even be a chance for some lucky members of the crowd to take part."