Best Royal Show Since '99
Royal Show has increased its attendance record for a second year
in a row over four days at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with a
total of 161,410 people passing through the gates.
year's attendance figure of 159,533 was surpassed despite an unsettled
weather forecast and severe weather warnings, delivering the Show's
best attendance figure so far this millennium.
Director of show organisers, Haymarket Land Events, Dominique Loral
spoke for the whole organising team saying: "I am delighted
with the results of this year's Royal Show. In particular the livestock
numbers were the largest since foot and mouth and everyone during
the event agreed that the quality of livestock was superb.
such as the new Dairy Chain, Yes Peas! and non-food crop demonstrations
gave food for thought to both the public audience as well as the
trade section quality was excellent, the flower show was as popular
as ever and the new features such as the BBC Good Food Cookery theatre
and Ascot Park Polo Club 'have-a-go' sessions were a great success."
Calvert, Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England,
owners of the Royal Show said: "This has been the Royal Show's
best attendance figure in the last five years. The positive mood
at the Show is one moving throughout the industry. I am delighted
that the show has been so successfully received.
tells us that there were strong farmer numbers attending - from
all over the UK and Northern Ireland and further afield.
Show received the Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Secretary of State
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs together with ministerial
delegations from fourteen states and welcomed business visitors
from over 100 countries."
Royal Show, the premier agricultural event takes place during the
first week of July at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. The show, which
traces its beginnings to Oxford in 1839, features the best of British
food, farming, international business and country living. To find
out more visit www.royalshow.org.uk.