Royal Welsh Winter Fair breaks records in Mid Wales
Wales Holidays visitors to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Builth Wells earlier in the month will have been part of this year’s record breaking event. Almost 30,000 people attended the prestigious event in Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons, which was described as “a blockbuster and a phenomenal success”.
The Winter Fair attendance was up by 2500 on 2012 and 1300 more visitors than ever before were welcomed to the Royal Welsh Showground. The number of outdoor trade stands was increased this year by 40 per cent with a new avenue to accommodate the increased offerings. Christmas shoppers went on a spending spree and at one point cash machines at the two-day Fair ran out of money and had to be hastily replenished to cope with the huge demand!
Of course, this is an agricultural event and livestock form the core of the Winter Fair which is widely acclaimed as the finest prime stock show in Europe. This year’s entries of nearly 1250 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses were of outstanding quality and a top price of £7,100 for a baby beef heifer was just part of the overwhelming success of the 24th annual Royal Welsh Winter Fair.