Royal Cornwall Show 2024

All the fun of the fairground will be at the Royal Cornwall Show 2024. Image courtesy of the Royal Cornwall Show

In Brief

Name: Royal Cornwall Show 2024
Date: Thursday 6-Saturday 8 June 2024
Type: Historical agricultural and cultural fair
Suitable for: Rural types, country and Duchy enthusiasts and anyone who wants to spot a royal or five
Location: Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
Price: Membership, which includes three-day admission, is £60 for adults and £18 for four to 15-year-olds


After an incredible three-day Royal Cornwall Show 2023, the stage is set for a cracking Royal Cornwall Show 2024. The 2023 edition of Cornwall’s biggest agricultural event of the year saw 118,201 people passing through the gates to enjoy sunny weather, the livestock, the machines, the food and the upbeat atmosphere.

It wasn’t quite the 120,000-plus attendance of 2022, which saw the then Duke of Cornwall (now the King, of course) Charles making an official visit to the show just months before his mother died but it was nevertheless heralded as a success. Now all eyes turn to the Royal Cornwall Show 2024…

Which royals will attend the Royal Cornwall Show 2024? There could be a real opportunity to royal-spot at Cornwall’s best agricultural show but of course we don’t know which royals will drop in just yet. And which celebrities will make it along too? Again, too early to tell but the event always makes for some great celeb-spotting.

But, to be perfectly honest, we prefer hanging out with the real celebs at the RCS: the farm animals. And there are always so many magnificent beasts to meet. This Cornish festival at the Royal County Showground just outside Wadebridge, its home since 1960, is the king of all the Duchy’s shows every year. Which is apt.

And that will be no different in 2024. The Royal Cornwall Show 2024, which is held between Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 June 2024, should welcome more than 100,000 guests alongside any royals and celebs to an action-packed schedule of exhibitors, events, sellers and competitions. And, again, those farm animals are the real highlights that we always make sure we see.

Hundreds of people in a huge crowd walk between stalls, flags and vans at the Royal Cornwall Show 2024. There is one single ice cream van in the middle of all the hustle and bustle
Ice cream, anyone? Image courtesy of the Royal Cornwall Show

More than 200 years of agricultural history
If Proper Cornwall had been around in 1793 then we’d have been the first to bring you, via parchment probably, news about the first edition of this agricultural show that would shape Cornwall’s events calendar for the next 230 years (at least). We’d have featured the crowd of drunk (allegedly) Cornish folk who watched the ploughing match between local farmers that took place near the Red Lion Inn in Truro in that first-ever show.

And then, for the next 34 years, we’d have carried regular reports on the many livestock prizes that were given out at the ever-growing event in Bodmin. As it is, we weren’t around then. But we’re nevertheless proud to highlight the right royal success that is the Royal Cornwall Show in modern times.

Regarded as one of the last few authentic UK agricultural shows, the Royal Cornwall Show remains true to its roots and offers a real glimpse into the county’s rural life. Over the weekend, Cornwall’s finest agricultural producers hope to snap up rosettes for the Duchy’s finest livestock. Meanwhile, floral displays deck out the popular flower tent as local nurseries exhibit their bloomers. The kids can also meander through marquees dedicated to goats, rare breeds, birds, poultry, bees and rabbits.

Coronation Blue cheeses are lined up on a stall next to a blackboard advertising Cornish blue cheese. This was for the coronation in 2023 but may be back for the Royal Cornwall Show 2024. There are all sorts of cheeses and samples on the stall at the show
Blue cheese is often sold at the Royal Cornwall Show. Image courtesy of the Royal Cornwall Show

Aside from the exhibits, there’s also a bunch of exciting demonstrations and competitions that bring the countryside life into view over the long weekend. Highlights include showjumping, inter-hunt relays, sheep shearing and sheepdog trials. Read more about the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show farm animals here. There’s even a major dog show that gets tongues and tails wagging. Read about that here.

Cornish cultural life also gets a run out with Cornish wrestling joining a programme that showcases local heritage exhibitions and traditional dancing. And to top it off there’s a motor fair, an agricultural machinery exhibition and tons of locally produced food and arts and crafts stalls alongside a packed schedule of live music. Phew! Enjoy the county’s most regal showcase of the year between 6 and 8 June. Enjoy a right royal occasion in the heart of the Duchy!