The Royal Cornwall Show
During the first week of June every year The Royal Cornwall Show is, for three days, the busiest place in Cornwall. One of the longest running Agricultural Shows in the UK, boasting the Prince of Wales as it’s Patron, the show has run since the late 1700’s and in its present location, just outside Wadebridge, since 1960.
Cornwall isn’t a very densely populated county, so as you can imagine The Royal Cornwall Show provides the perfect opportunity to get the Cornish from both ends of the county together… you might even spot some Devon folk there! Not easy to do, but if you wait till lunch you can tell them because they eat their pasties on the side and have the cream under the jam on their scones!
Running from Thursday through to Saturday, it is the longest show of its kind. And it has to be, there are horse trials and livestock showing’s that attract entries from all over the UK, taking the judges days to go through and you will see some truly enormous farm animals being pampered and paraded around in a somewhat odd juxtaposition of farmyard muck and mud contrasted against the immaculately shampooed, brushed and powdered coats of the animals. The exhibitors who spend days preparing their animals for show are similarly brushed up in dazzling white lab coats as they lead their animals around in front of a panel of judges… the Rosettes are then handed out, a lap of honour given by the winner and they are off, making room for the next lot.
While the livestock and horses were the main reason for the show, a sprawling metropolis of marquees, show homes, fairground rides, cars, trucks and flags springs up in the Show ground. You can buy, arrange, breed and sell almost anything at the show, it is reckoned that more business is conducted during these 3 days than throughout the rest of the year and everyone who is anyone is there, networking, handing out business cards and working on those all-important order-books for the rest of the year.
Cornwall isn’t a very densely populated county, so as you can imagine The Royal Cornwall Show provides the perfect opportunity to get the Cornish together… and you might even spot some Devon folk there! Not easy to do, but if you wait till lunch you can tell them because they eat their pasties on the side and have the cream under the jam on their scones.
Throughout the three days the main show ring plays host, not only to Livestock parades, the show jumping event and horse trials, but also to demonstrations from the Army and Navy, of old farming practices and for those looking for bigger thrills and spills there is always a stunt show. This years offering was the BoldDogs MotoX Team fresh from their success on Britain’s Got Talent. They gave a breath taking display of MotoX jumps using their portable launch and landing ramps.
The schedule of events is always released early in the year and you can find out which dignitary – often members of the Royal Family – will be visiting and touring the show by going to the Royal Cornwall website www.royalcornwallshow.org. You will also find all the results from past years, a list of exhibitors, show ground layouts and forms to pre-book and pay for show tickets – talking of tickets the prices are on there too.
The Royal Cornwall Showground is the largest events dedicated outdoor area in Cornwall. Covering approximately 10 acres the Show ground is used for lots of events throughout the year, particularly in the summer months, you can find a list of events on the website: www.rcaa.org.uk.
An hour’s drive from St Ives and Carbis Bay the show ground is located on the A39 otherwise known as The North Cornwall Highway just between Wadebridge and Padstow.