A fes­ti­val sur­prise

Country Smallholding - - May News - For more in­for­ma­tion, or to get your dis­counted e-ticket, visit www.rwas.wales Chil­dren aged 16 and un­der go free. There will also be free en­try af­ter 5pm.

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

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