Cornwall LivingIssue #121

On with the show!

After a fallow two years, the Royal Cornwall Show returns bigger and better than ever for 2022.

With a venerable history that dates back to the original Cornwall Agricultural Society held in 1793, the Royal Cornwall Show has grown to become one of the Duchy’s premier events. What began as an agricultural event, the show has now grown into an amazing three days where there is something for everyone to see and fun to be had by all. Staying true to its roots, this year will see some of the most anticipated livestock and equine competition in the country, where prize specimens will be on show both in the Main Ring and the surrounding small animal and bird tents. 

Hot competition has always been at the very core of the Royal Cornwall Show with everyone chasing the coveted coloured rosettes. The show offers hundreds of competitive classes across a whole host of sections, from beef cattle to bees, ponies to pigs, and dogs to blacksmiths, as well as a strong horticultural showing in the Flower Show, thought to be one of the country’s best. Visitors can take a ringside seat for the hotly anticipated show jumping and for the first time in its history, the Shetland Grand National will be at the event. Pint-sized ponies will be darting around the course with their young jockeys, having previously entertained crowds at Badminton Horse Trials and the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The Bolddog display team will again be gracing the Main Ring with stunts and tricks 35ft feet in the air, with the help of the largest and most sophisticated mobile landing system. The ever-exciting Inter Hunt Relay will be entertaining crowds, alongside the famous Sheep Shearing competitions and the Cornwall Cider Championships, which is a highlight for many!

As ever there will be a host of agricultural stands – this is a time of year when Cornwall’s farming community comes together to do business, compete and to catch up with colleagues and friends. Many are lifetime members, supporting Cornwall’s premier annual event and the promotion of agriculture in the county. It is Cornwall that truly lies at the heart of this event, with its history and heritage finding its way into every corner from the magnificent Steam Fair, impressive Countryside Area, and the unmissable Cornish Heritage Pavilion. 

Education has also been high on the agenda here and this year is no exception. A visit is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about farming, food and the countryside. You’ll find lots of information and exhibits across the showground aimed at educating about various aspects of the rural way of life. Look out for the child-friendly ‘Did you know?’ boards, giving fun facts for children to read. Young ones can also get up close and personal to thousands of farm animals. In each of the livestock sections you’ll find information boards about each breed, explaining their characteristics. Take your time to move around the livestock taking in the different breeds and what they look like – this is such a unique opportunity you wouldn’t want to rush it!

The Food Chain Hub also aims to educate children on where their food has come from, along with looking at various different animals. This area has stands all highlighting different parts of agriculture in a hands-on, child-friendly way.

The show is also a fantastic place for some wholesome fun for all the family. Titan the Robot will be roaming the showground on all three days, with his wisecracking antics and funny surprises, and, as ever, there will be the best in shopping and crafts with over 1,000 trade stands to choose from. As a leading foodie destination, you can discover the very best of Cornish food and drink at the Cornwall Food and Farming Pavilion and when it comes to entertainment, this is the place to be: check out the three live stages, packed full of local talent. 

This is a three-day event like no other and something which Cornwall, its residents and visitors look forward to year on year. Having not been able to attend since 2019, this year’s Royal Cornwall Show will be all that more special, celebrating the county’s farming and agricultural heritage with pride.

The  Royal Cornwall Show is held at The Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge on 9th, 10th and 11th June. Tickets can be purchased online.

Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association

The Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Whitecross, Wadebridge PL27 7JE