After a run of 220 years, it’s safe to assume that the Royal Cornwall Show is alive and well – in fact, it gets bigger and better every year as people travel from far and wide to compete for awards or just to make the most of the summertime in England’s favourite county. So why not go along and enjoy the programme during your summer stay in Cornwall this year?
Running from 5th-7th June, this huge country show is far and away the biggest annual event in Cornwall and really does fall under the old cliché of having ‘something for everyone’ while providing a grand showcase for the county’s superb agriculture and it’s vast array of traditional customs and rituals.
An exciting, virtually non-stop programme of events, exhibits, activities and entertainment is staged in one of the UK’s finest open-air arenas – the Royal Cornwall Showground – where a comfortable grandstand makes for great viewing opportunities throughout the three days of the event.
Traditional livestock shows enable farmers to show off their prize specimens with awards that add significant weight to their pedigrees, while other animal categories encourage entries from dogs, goats and rare breeds, as well as rabbits and cavies, cage birds and even bees!
Keen gardeners are sure to enjoy the thriving and highly colourful flower and vegetable show with its many categories, and the showground’s countryside area is a prime example of how agriculture and countryside care can be combined to make the very best of Cornwall’s natural assets.
Street entertainers from Tinderbox Arts will be roaming around the showground creating some unusual and exciting fun for everyone. This year also sees the return of the amazing ‘Titan the Robot’, while the Jumping Out Jazz Band and the pipes and drums of the Cornwall Caledonian Band will add their own particular melodies to the already buzzing atmosphere.
The Cornwall Food and Farming pavilion is always crammed with visitors keen to sample – and take home – the best of Cornish food and drink, served by the very people who produce it. But be careful – once inside this very tempting corner of the show, you may find it’s rather difficult to leave…
Meanwhile, in and around the main show ring, the outdoors entertainment comes thick and fast. Steam enthusiasts will revel in the traditional Steam Fair where days of former glory can be re-visited with rides on the impressive, old machines – including five showman’s traction engines and another boasting an appearance in the movie ‘The Iron Maiden’.
New for this year’s show is an action-packed display of equestrian skills – the Mounted Games – where teams of young riders will compete on their very quick and agile ponies over a series of thrilling obstacle courses and relay races.
The incredible RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team also makes a welcome return to Cornwall, bringing some heart-stopping excitement with their amazing talent and unrivalled courage. For many visitors, this is the highlight of the weekend as, from thousands of feet up in the sky, each team member emerges from the aircraft to plunge earthward. Then, after a spectacular aerial show with coloured smoke trails behind them, and with unerring accuracy, each in turn manages to land right on their target in the centre of the main show ring.
For a show of sheer strength, there is nothing to rival the heavy horses of the Lizard Stallions. Each day in the main ring, different teams of strong men – including the super-fit Cornish Pirates rugby team – will test muscle and sinew to the limit as they take on a tug-of-war of epic proportions against one of these gentle giants.
Whether you go for a gentle stroll around the show tents with an ice cream in hand, or to enjoy some local food and ale along with the thrills and spills in the main ring, the Royal Cornwall Show is guaranteed to provide a memorable day out. The Royal Cornwall Showground, near Wadebridge, is just 18 miles from CLC Trenython Manor.