Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show
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Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show

Coordinates: 50°30?50?N 4°51?55?W / 50.5140°N 04.8654°W / 50.5140; -04.8654

Rosette from the Royal Cornwall Show 2009

The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show, usually called the Royal Cornwall Show, is an agricultural show organised by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, which takes place at the beginning of June each year, at Wadebridge in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The showground is on the south side of the A39 main road and between the hamlets of St Breock and Whitecross.[1]

The show lasts for three days and attracts approximately 120,000 visitors annually, making it one of Cornwall's major tourist attractions.

The main ring at the Royal Cornwall Show in June 2004

Given its Royal status it is not unusual for a senior member of the Royal family to attend at the Show. A familiar sight is Prince Charles who is acknowledged to be a keen supporter of the farming community. Princess Alexandra attended the 2009 show.


The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association was founded in 1793, and has been known by that name since 1858.

The show was held at Truro between 1827 and 1857, and from then on the venue changed every year until 1960, when the showground at Wadebridge became its permanent home.[2]

  • 1827 to 1857 - Truro
  • 1875 - Truro, 24,000 attendance for the two-day show
  • 1878 - Saltash, 13,394 attendance for the two-day show
  • 1879 - Falmouth, 18,926 attendance for the two-day show (12,414 paid for admission)[3][4][5]
  • 1880 - Lostwithiel (Lanwithan estate), 9,188 paid for admission to the two day show.[5][6]
  • 1901 - Bodmin[7]
  • 1960 to 2016 - Wadebridge


Most major businesses with links to agriculture will have a trade stand at the show. Given the number of farming people at the venue it is regarded as a vital opportunity to attract new business as well as to network with current customers.

Social event

The show is particularly significant for young people who live in farming communities in Cornwall. It is regarded as one of the highlights of the year and as an opportunity to socialise with old friends and make new acquaintances. Events include:


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey Landranger 200; Newquay, Bodmin & surrounding areas, 1:50 000. 1988
  2. ^ Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association
  3. ^ "The Decorations of Falmouth". The Cornishman (48). 12 June 1879. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Society". The Cornishman (49). 19 June 1879. p. 7. 
  5. ^ a b "The County". The Cornishman (102). 24 June 1880. p. 7. 
  6. ^ "Royal Cornwall Agricultural Society". The Cornishman (99). 3 June 1880. p. 6. 
  7. ^ "Bodmin: Past, Present and Future". The Cornish and Devon Post (2256). 5 January 1901. p. 5. 

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