The Royal Bath & West of England Society has announced that from 2020 its iconic Royal Bath & West Show will become a three-day event.

For many years the Show has been England’s only four-day agricultural event, but the Society feels that the time is now right to consolidate it into three days. “We have been considering the duration of the show for a number of years,” explains chief executive Rupert Cox. “We have consulted with our key stakeholders; traders and exhibitors, and have responded to their concerns with regard to servicing a four-day show, which we know is becoming a challenge for many of them.

“As a 240-year old agricultural charity it is imperative that we continually evolve,” he adds. “We see this as a great opportunity to enhance the Show to make it even more relevant to our visitors while maintaining the integrity of our heritage, and we will continue to provide a nationally renowned competitive platform for livestock, horses, cheese, cider and the array of other competitions we host.”

The Show is enjoying strong competition entries again this year, with an enormous variety and number of breeds represented in both the farm and equine classes. In the heavy horse section, the new team class of up to six horses has boosted turnout and harness entries by 13 to 35, while the popularity of ridden heavy horses continues to grow, year-on-year.

This year’s Royal Bath & West Show will be held on 29 May – 1 June 2019