What’s On Cornwall: Royal Cornwall Show

May 20th, 2019

What is the Royal Cornwall show, and what’s on offer?

The Royal Cornwall Show is regarded as the last major agricultural show in the UK and has spanned 226 years so far. This makes it an important event to be marked in the calendar.

This year’s dates to get in your diary are the 6th, 7th and 8th of June 2019, for a show you won’t want to miss.

Gates open for ticket holders at 7 am, and for the general public, the show opens at 8.30am.

There is definitely plenty to choose from in the Royal Cornwall Show this year, and more importantly, there is sure to be something for everyone who attends!

Pig at the Royal Cornwall Show


All sorts of animals are a part of the Royal Cornwall Show, from prized cattle, rare breeds, to even smaller animals such as rabbits, bees and pigeons!

Depending on where your interest lies, there is a mixture of education and entertainment where the animals are involved.

For those interested in rare breed animals, there will be a tent dedicated to just them! The tent will be filled with fascinating information, including people to talk to who are devoted to keeping the genes of rare animals alive. The tent will also, of course, include the beautiful rare breed animals themselves. For those more interested in the classics, there will be plenty of main ring events, including show jumping, the RAF police dog demonstration team and of course, the grand parade of cattle, sheep and goats.


There are tons of exciting events happening this year at the Royal Cornwall Show, ranging from the Jason Smyth adrenaline tour- an unrivalled motorcycle stunt show, the RAF Falcons – the UK’s premier military parachute display team, to the two different main stages for live music performing full programmes throughout the day. If none of these options grab your attention, the show also features a variety of exciting displays, from groups such as Cornwall festival of dance and various street theatre acts!

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There is always something new to be tried at the Royal Cornwall Show and this year is no exception! The show will be packed out with stalls bursting with fresh fruit, local produce, and a wide variety of ciders and beers.

You can find the finest food and drink being showcased in the Cornwall Food and Farming Pavilion, where you can also sample the variety of products, and even meet the producers themselves!

After all that tasting and testing, why not pop over to The Food Chain Hub, which is a new addition to the show this year. It’s an educational spot offering information about the farming industry and food production.


Crafts are one of the most important and cherished sectors for the Royal Cornwall Show, and they use the best to promote the work of British craftsmen and women. The Rural craft association, the UK’s premier craft organisation, has a reputation for hosting a wide variety of craft products. Not to forget West Country Arts, Craft and Design tent where around 80 artists, designers and crafters are represented in an astonishing display of makes.

These range from jewellery to handmade furniture, pottery to wool, and even silk and porcelain items. There are also paintings, photographs and pewter ware too, so there is plenty to admire.

A close up of purple flowers

Anything else?

If that isn’t enough to get stuck into, there is still plenty more to see and do.

The Flower Show, which is thought to be one of England’s best, boasts the most impressive array of flowers from people far and wide in the trade. The Steam Fair is also a sight to behold, with its vintage tractors, engines and rare machinery pieces and for the whole family. And The Fun Fair is the perfect place to unwind with the entire family, and embrace the retro replicas of Victorian classics such as the carousel, the big wheel, the helter-skelter and many more!

The Royal Cornwall show is all about celebrating the qualities and joys of rural life. If any of these activities have piqued your interest for a trip, why not make it a proper break?

To keep in with the rural theme, hidden away in thirteen acres of gardens and woodland is The Valley, offering a serene escape. Perfect for your break away.

What’s On: The Royal Cornwall Show

June 04th, 2018

The Royal Cornwall Show celebrates all that the coastal county has to offer. Starting on Thursday June 7th until Saturday June 9th, this year marks the 225th year the show has taken place. The agricultural show not only puts a wide range of animals on display but also promotes local businesses and industries, with plenty of food, flowers, entertainment and art on offer!  Here are just some of the things you can expect to see over the three-day show.



Of course, being an agricultural fair at heart, the Royal Cornwall Show will have thousands of animals on display, of all different breeds. Vying to be awarded best in show are a number of cows, sheep, pigs, goats and dogs. Horses will also be competing, with show jumping and the Inter-Hunt relay, putting each horse and rider to the test. If you’re more interested in the smaller end of the animal kingdom, then there are also plenty of birds, bunnies and even bees to be seen at the show as well!


For fans of man’s best friend, there will be a parade of hounds each day from Cornish hunts, as well as an insightful display from the Devon & Cornwall Police dogs.




As well as all of the animal shows and stalls to visit, there will be a wide range of entertainment over the show days, from live music to fair rides. A variety of local bands and musical acts will be taking to the stage throughout the day, keeping you entertained as you explore the show. World-class stuntman, Kangaroo Kid, will be taking to the main ring to wow with his adrenaline-pumping quad bike show, while the RAF Falcons will show-off their skills in an impressive parachuting display.


For the kids, a scarecrow trail will be laid out around the showcase, with an assortment of friendly scarecrows waiting to be found. If you find them all, you could be in with a chance of winning a ticket to next year’s show! There is also a traditional Victorian-style fun fair in the grounds, with vintage carousels, swing boats, a helter-skelter and big wheel providing fun for all of the family.



With so much incredible natural beauty in Cornwall, it is of no surprise that the Royal Cornwall Show also features a delightful flower show, known as one of the best in the country. Exhibitors from around the UK will be turning up to show-off their vibrant blooms in the hopes of winning an award.


If you’re more into motors, the motor fair or steam fair may be more up your street! The motor fair sees an assortment of cars, vans and other vehicles on display, with many up for sale. Whether you’re just looking, or there to make a purchase, there are an astonishing number of makes and models on offer. Likewise, the steam fair will be exhibiting an impressive array of vintage engines; from tractors to traction engines! Learn all about the steam-powered history of the county through this interactive exhibit experience.


Cornish Pasties 


One of the busiest areas of the show is the food pavilion, set up so that local businesses can showcase their very best produce. Sample some of the counties delicious delicacies from a variety of small businesses and bigger brands. It’s bound to be so yummy you’ll even want to take home a taste of Cornwall for your family to try at home!


Craft Stalls

Across the 95 acres showground, there will be over 1000 trade stands, offering up the best local produce on offer. As well as food stands, there will be over 80 craft stalls selling handmade goods from local artists. The craft section of the show will have its own tent so you can browse the stunning artistic works away from the bustle of the rest of the show. Products from all sorts of artistic disciplines will be on offer, including jewellery, pottery, paintings, furniture, porcelain and photography.


If you are interested in attending the Royal Cornwall, it is taking place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June, and the gates open each day at 7am for ticket holders. Looking to see what Cornwall has to offer? Come and stay with us here at The Valley for an amazing Cornwall short break!



Image Credit: Edward WebbChris Goldberg

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