First up some background on The Royal Welsh Show:-
“The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society was formed in 1904, and the first show was held in Aberystwyth in the same year. The Royal Welsh Show attracts around a quarter of a million people over the course of the four days and is supported by approximately 17,000 members.
This success allowed for the extensive development in 1963 of the now permanent showground at Llanelwedd. Over the years buildings have been added to the site with recent additions including the grandstand, food hall and members centre.
The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest event of it’s kind in Britain with around 1000 tradestands and shops, and a catalogue of events scheduled for the main ring “
So this year’s event ran from Monday 18th July for 4 days. The weather forecast for this period was not looking good on the long range forecast with rain being forecast for each day! Luckily the heaven’s didn’t open and there was only a slight drizzle on the Monday and one heavy shower on the Thursday. (I think we got off lightly compared to previous years!)
This year there was also the introduction of a brand new drainage system for the main ring. The previous drainage system was only capable of draining 2mm per hour whereas the £100,000 new drainage system was capable of 150mm per hour. Fortunately it wasnt tested to it’s capacity this year but the general consensus was that the showground conditions were the best that people have seen for many years! The grass stayed lush and green with not too much churning up occuring.
In the main ring there were the usual staple of sheep, ponies, cobs, cows, bulls and horses being paraded around trying to win the coveted award of ‘best on show’ – amongst many other awards!
Around the massive site were many trade stands, people selling food and drink, people showing off a skill and activities for people to take part in.
At 14:45 on Tuesday afternoon there was a fly-pass by a Lancaster bomber. It circled the site 3 times, as low as 100ft, before heading off down the Wye Valley. (In previous years, due to cloud cover, it was never able to come as low!) The roar of the engines were VERY loud and distinctive – it was amazing to watch it gracefully glide around the valley.
Walking around the site it was quite easy to bump into some local celebrities (if only I had my camera with me more I wouldve got some more but here is a selection!) Can you name them all?
My favourite part of the show was the display by Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcycle Display Team. Three chaps on motorcycles performing stunts and manourvers to a very excitable crowd. The grand finale was all three of them heading up the ramp together at high speeds!
So to sum up The Royal Welsh Show 2011 – well it seems like it was nearly identical to previous years with the display of a 1000 trade stalls all selling their goods and services, rows and rows of tractors and farming machinery, a whole host of animals being paraded in the main ring, craft and skills on display but overall it was a place for the farming population to meet and enjoy a well deserved rest from their farm-life with ummm THIS farm life! Definately worth a visit for a day but make sure you check on the weather as you dont want to waste that £20 entrance fee!!!
It’s also amazing to see what won the day’s ‘best on show’ award aswell…..
You can view the full set of photos at:-
Or via the slideshow beneath.
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