A festival surprise
Visitors to this year’s Spring Festival, the weekend-long celebration of smallholding and rural life in Wales, will be able to stay on into the evening for music and delicious food.
The organising committee at the big event at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells on May 21-22 are extending the programme until 8pm on the Saturday.
Fred Slater, Chair of the Spring Festival Committee, said: “Once all the hustle and bustle of the busy livestock competitions, action-packed programme of displays, main ring performances, demonstrations and workshops has died down a little, the Food and Drink Quarter will burst into life with an array of street food stalls and producers.
“Whilst you spend the evening feasting on the very best artisan food and drink sourced and produced from within Wales and the border counties, you will be able to enjoy listening to local folk bands and performers.
“Relax and enjoy a range of beautiful and toetapping folk music performances or get up and dance to an energetic Caleigh-Twmpath band… the choice is yours.
“Of all our society events, the Spring Festival is the most family orientated and relaxed. It offers the perfect day out and we have increasingly noticed that our visitors are not ready to leave by 5pm.”
One of the most popular attractions of the festival is the huge array of livestock on display, including traditional, rare and native breeds, and the full schedule of nearly 400 livestock classes and special awards running throughout the weekend.
Country Smallholding will be playing a key role at this year’s Spring Festival by organising Speaker’s Corner at the dedicated Smallholding Centre. There will be a full programme of presentations by some of the magazine’s experts including Tim and Dot Tyne, Liz Shankland, Jules Moore, Charles Dowding and Sally Morgan, with Adam Willcox and Andy Richards acting as comperes. There will also be daily Question Time sessions.
A family enjoying a Spring Festival