The Royal Cornwall Show

Royal Cornwall Show 2012

...agricultural event supreme!

The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show - better known as simply the Royal Cornwall Show – is Cornwall’s biggest annual event, attracting over well 100,000 people over three fun-packed days.

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Held every June at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, near Padstow, the event is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. 2012 will be its 219th year, and the show continues to grow.

Increasing numbers of animals are being entered into the variety of dog, livestock, equine and falconry competitions, while thousands of trade stands and exhibitions can be explored and enjoyed at your leisure.

The animal classes attract breeders and their charges from miles around, with each and every heat keenly-contested and always a great spectacle.

The fields are positively brimming with entertainment for all the family. Alongside the animal classes and flower shows is a hugely diverse line up of activities, displays, live music and luscious locally-produced food and drink.

Included among the wide range of stuff to see and do are spectacular, daring motocross displays, camel polo (yes, camel polo!), vintage vehicles, steam fairs, showjumping, and aerial displays by the Royal Artillery Parachute Team.

All this inevitably means you’ll work up a hunger and a thirst, and the dozens of foodie trade stands in the main food marquee are on hand to see to that. Fine local ales, spit-roasted local pigs, and of course bona-fide Cornish Pasties are just three of the mouth-watering treats available.

A Royal event in name and status, the show is often graced by a Royal presence, indeed Prince Charles has been a relatively frequent visitor.

This year’s event takes place on 7th, 8th and 9th June, with tickets priced between £8-£16 for adults, and from £4 for children. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome, and gates open to the public at 8.30am.

Sean Cummins

February 2012


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015