Cornwall’s largest event in the social calendar: The Royal Cornwall Show
Only 40 mins drive from Meadowview Cottage is Wadebridge, home to Cornwall’s largest annual social event, The Royal Cornwall Show. Founded in 1793, 223 years ago, the show now attracts in excess of 120,000 visitors; locals, farmers – local and from much further afield and, of course, holidaymakers. Everyone seems to catered for with choice of exploring a huge array of exhibits, activities, competitions, information stands, shopping and an abundance of suppliers of food and farming paraphernalia.
For the locals, in particular, the farming fraternity, the show is a welcome opportunity to catch up with old friends, go about their business from banking to buying farm equipment and smaller delights from pasties and beer to a new car. The show really is a great showcase for almost everything Cornwall has to offer and is loved by hundreds of thousands of show visitors, many of whom return year on year.
I don’t apologise for mentioning once again that this is the 223rd year of the show! As a family we have attended and shown livestock at the show for many, many years. It has been very apparent that the standard of the show has risen year on year. It has and does provide a great venue for everything agriculture, brilliant for our tourism, which in turn is great for the economy.
In a nutshell this is the ultimate agricultural show in Cornwall, attracting increasing numbers of entrants into the farm and pet animal show categories and classes. With the Crème de la Crème showcased in the grand procession in the main ring. With the reputation of the show set to such a high standard, it continues to attract farmers traveling from further and further afield in the hope of taking home a well earned award.
Although farm animals dominate the show, there are dog and goat sections, rare breed classes, rabbits, cage birds and the our most important countryside contributor, the honey-bee. There is also a wonderful and hugely popular flower tent, craft tent and an excellent countryside area.
Cornish-grown and Cornish-produced products are a main feature of the show and are supported and promoted in the trade section, the cafes and restaurants around the show ground.
The main ring has a seated grandstand, and draws crowds with entertainment ranging from traditional steam engines to brass clad cart horses. Live with music, song and dance entertainment can be found throughout the grounds.
The Royal Cornwall showground is only 40mins drive from Meadowview Cottage and provides a really great day out for the whole family.
The Royal Cornwall Show takes place over three days, Thursday 9th, Friday, 10h and Saturday 11th June. Opening times 8.30am to 6.30pm.
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