ALL roads led to the pretty, picturesque town of Llanelwedd in Builth Wells on Tuesday (Jul 24) as they have done for the last 55 years and for good reason.
Wherever one walks along the wide pedestrian pathways there is evidence of how integral farming is to local communities and to Wales as a whole.
From the banks to the blacksmiths, the vets and the concrete groovers, the tractor sales people and the suppliers of animal feed. They were all there in abundance. The show rings were full of some of the best kept livestock the nation has the benefit of producing. Generations of farming families have made this annual pilgrimage boosting the local economy, taking part or else enjoying a well earned break in the farming calendar.
For anyone who has not been to the show and who may be considering a trip up the A40 you are in for a treat. At Llanelwedd there is entertainment aplenty. From the bands of the RAF, Welsh musicians, fashion shows, tree climbing, log cutting, fly fishing, Meirion’s Quack Pack, pony club racing and a host of other activities sure to keep young and old alike happy.
If the idea of expending all that energy isn’t what you had in mind, relax in one of the many bars or picnic areas. Listen to some of the performers in one of the many pavilions or visit one of the many food halls and stalls selling the most delicious range of food and drink Wales has to offer from Welsh whisky, farm distilled gin and micro brewed beers to World class cheeses and delicious cooked hams, beef, pork and lamb.
The Royal Welsh Show really does just keep giving. Almost all we spoke to on the second day of the show had stories of what the show meant to them. You can listen to those stories here.
This annual week long show, which takes an enormous amount of organising and work plays host to so many facets of the farming community.
There really isn’t enough space on the page to describe the show in its entirety. You really have to go there and experience it for yourself. Alternatively watch our special film we will be uploading here soon.
The show continues throughout the week of 23 Jul – 26 Jul. It is advisable to book your tickets or any accommodation in advance. There is a park and ride scheme in operation, which works really well. It takes minutes to get from the park and ride to the show ground.