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Last updated: Fri 22 Jan 2016

Royal Bath & West Show

The Royal Bath & West Show takes place from Wednesday 1 until Saturday 4 June 2016 at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet.

Royal Bath & West Show

2016 will see the 51st Show at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet and will be a spectacular event, says Alan Lyons, Show Manager.

To be held during half term, it is one of the oldest agricultural shows in England and the only four day Royal show.

Each adult ticket bought in advance allows two children up to the age of 15 free entry to the show. Concession ticket has also been re-introduced for those buying on the gate.

Mr Lyons said: “We remain a national Show in the heart of the West Country showcasing all that is best of British, be it the livestock, horses, the machinery, the shopping or the food.

The British Cheese Awards and British Cider Championships will be returning in 2016 and the Show will also be host to the National South Devon Show.

Other features at the show include:

  • British Farming for the Family where the whole family can learn how to milk a cow and take part in cookery demonstrations
  • International Sheepdog Trials in the main ring
  • Red Devils Parachute display team
  • Shetland Pony Gold Cup
  • Inter-Hunt Relay
  • Imagineering Fair where Children will also be able to explore the creative possibilities of science, engineering and technology
  • Living Countryside featuring Adam Axemen
  • Horticultural Section displaying the finest floral displays, pop up garden, Instant Garden Challenge
  • Art Gallery in the New Art Centre
  • Ladies Day on Friday 29 May
  • Action packed Sheep Shearing
  • State of Art Farm Machinery
  • Take part in FREE canoeing on the lake
  • Get a kick in the New Thrill Zone
  • New sports Village where you can get hands on and also featuring players from Bath Rugby
  • Over 500 tradestands
  • Over 4000 Livestock and 2000 horses

Agricultural shows have been a central part of rural life for two centuries, and they are just as relevant today. While some have fallen by the wayside, others have evolved to reflect modern farming audiences – and this year’s Royal Bath & West Show has more on offer than ever before.

Like most shows it originated as an agricultural society, designed to educate farmers about new technology, equipment and breeds. The Royal Bath & West of England Society was formed in 1777, to encourage the spread of new ideas among its farming members.

The first show was held in Taunton in 1852, with the new railway network an essential part of enabling the show – and the livestock competing there – to travel the West Country for more than 100 years. In the 1890s the society introduced working dairies and equine competitions to get the general public interested in agricultural matters.

The show found a permanent home at Shepton Mallet in 1965, and it still caters to a diverse audience today, with technical farming developments and top breed competitions alongside general rural affairs, fun and education.

Transformation

However, this year will see a year of transformation, with a revamped layout featuring the Great British Festival of Agriculture, Entertainment and Food and Drink. Hailing a new generation of Great British Festival, this year’s show promises more farming, more food and drink and more fun – the same show, but even better.

This year’s President is Glastonbury legend Michael Eavis, who will be sourcing a range of exciting acts to grace the new music area. “Music will take place throughout the day and into the early evening, bringing a festival feel to the showground,” says Head of Shows Alan Lyons. “There will also be over 100 food producers, ranging from artisan food to funky street food, with new lifestyle and gift halls as well.”

Although there are lots of changes taking place, the show remains true to its roots with an amazing array of livestock and equine competitions. For the first time ever livestock classes will be held on every day of the four-day show, with the Grand Parade now being held on Saturday as well as Thursday and Friday. “This offers an opportunity for our 130,000 visitors to be treated to a display of all the winners and for exhibitors to show off their prize winning animals,” says Mr Lyons.

Tickets

The Royal Bath and West Show takes place from 1-4 June, 2016, at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Advance saver tickets are available until 31 May 2016 at £19 for an adult including two children admitted free, £5 for additional child. Gate prices are £22 adult, £7 child and £49 family.

Directions to the Royal Bath & West Show are clearly signposted throughout the area, including from Nunney.

For full details and schedules go to http://www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-west/97/.

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