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Kick off the festive season with a visit to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair takes place on November 28 and 29.

Preparations are well underway for the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Llanelwedd on November 28 and 29.

As one of the finest prime stock shows in Europe, the winter fair draws crowds from far and wide to enjoy two-days packed full of competitions, festivities, food and drink, and shopping.

Livestock schedules are available at www.rwas.wales/winter-fair/ and exhibitors can enter competitions online until  October 19.

This year’s event will be officially opened at 10am on November 28, following which  there will be presentations of the John Gittins Memorial Award 2022, the RWAS Oxford Farming Conference Bursary 2023 and the Nuffield Farming Scholarship 2022.

New to this year’s event is a Bacon, Burger and Sausage Competition which will be judged by Men Behaving Badly and Bob the Builder star Neil Morrisey, along with Steve Morgan of Morgan Family Butchers and multi-award-winning writer and director, Phillip John from Cardiff.

There will also be new cattle breed classes including the Aberdeen Angus and Shorthorn competitions and a Steer and Heifer Section for each breed.

As well as livestock competitions, the Winter Fair hosts a huge variety of different classes and competitions, including horses, the hound show, dressed poultry, butchery, meat hampers, cookery, produce and handicraft, horticulture and floral art.

The event offers shoppers the perfect opportunity to pick up unique and original Christmas gifts from the hundreds of trade stands across the showground. Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, carol singers and meeting Father Christmas!

The renowned Food Hall, which attracts producers from all over Wales and further afield, will be packed full of culinary delights, demonstrations, perfect Christmas gifts and tempting tasters.

Honorary Winter Fair director, William Hanks said: ‘We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to the showground for one of the largest events in the agricultural calendar.

“The Winter Fair celebrates Welsh produce and showcases some of the best prime stock in the UK. It also gets everyone in the festive spirit, with the vast array of trade stands, food and drink and entertainment on offer.”

The Winter Fair opens its doors to the public at 8am each morning and trade stands will be open throughout the evening on November 28 for late night Christmas shopping and a fireworks display.

Tickets are £20 for adults and £5 for children, with discounted tickets for RWAS members. Member’s tickets must be purchased before November 14  to redeem the discount. As a festive treat, adults will be able to enter for £5 and children for free after 5pm on Monday, with tickets purchased at the gate only.