10 Reasons to Visit Royal Cornwall Show 2022

C ornwall’s biggest day out is making a grand return this year, following a two-year absence. There’s an abundance of things to see and do, from live entertainment to competitions, exhibits, and activities you can get involved in.

The three-day event boasts a rich history that stretches back to the original Cornwall Agricultural Society in 1793. It will showcase the very best that Cornwall has to offer, and provides a place to meet with friends and family, have fun, do business, and compete across a variety of events. It’s impossible to see everything in just one day, so you might just have to make a weekend of it. Here’s a look at what’s in store.


The St Austell Brewery area

Head to the St Austell Brewery area to sample our flagship beers - including our newly released Anthem golden pale ale. John Hooker, Head Chef at the Cornish Arms, will be running a food stand here across the three days – so don’t miss out on sampling his culinary delights. Be sure to watch the Fisherman’s Friends too, who will be performing on Saturday at 12pm.


Watch a thrilling display

The show’s open-air arena is a true sight to behold, with a modern grandstand to match. There’s an exciting programme of events in store for the three days that’s virtually non-stop. The Shetland Pony Grand National will be making its Royal Cornwall Show debut – Shetland ponies and their jockeys will be racing each day for a place in the Finals at the London International Horse Show in December. Also, back by popular demand, the Bolddog FMX Stunt Team will be wowing crowds with tricks 35 feet in the air.


Enjoy live music

There are three live stages packed with local music and dance talent. Of course, the Main Ring is a go-to for entertainment, but just simply strolling around the showground could lead you to an impromptu performance or two.


Agriculture and horticulture

Agriculture and horticulture have always been a key part of the Royal Cornwall Show. The event hosts hundreds of competitive classes across a wealth of sections, from beef cattle to bees, ponies to pigs, and everything in between.


Proper Cornish culture

There’s no doubt that the show is a celebration of Cornwall’s heritage, community, and values. Visitors often comment on the sheer ‘Cornishness’ of it all. This year, check out the magnificent Steam Fair, the unmissable Cornish Heritage Pavilion, and the peaceful Countryside Area – where you’ll find a cross-section of country life, including a lake teeming with wildlife.


Business opportunities

While there’s plenty in the way of live entertainment, there’s also great scope to secure new business. The Royal Cornwall Show is a staple on the county’s corporate calendar and a place to showcase new products and services, network with potential clients, and catch up with current ones.


The motor fair

The motor fair is a haven for petrolheads, whether you’re thinking of buying, or are merely dreaming of a new set of wheels. You’ll find a dazzling collection of cars, vans, and commercial vehicles, with most top names and models on display. Keep your eyes peeled for special show discounts.


Arts and crafts

Head to the West Country Arts, Crafts and Design tent, where you’ll find the innovative, decorative, and individual wares of around 80 craftspeople. The beautiful collection includes pewterware, paintings, photography, and porcelain.


Learn about forestry

Meet fascinating birds of prey and learn all about their natural woodland habitat at the forestry centre. Forest industries are important to Cornwall’s economy, and there’s no better opportunity to find out about the many aspects behind it while enjoying a roster of events.


Hit the funfair

You can even experience the fun of the fair at the Royal Cornwall Show. All the thrills of a traditional Victorian fairground are here, promising endless family fun. The rides feature original vintage examples of an original carousel, big wheel, helter-skelter, steam swing boats, and 1920s flying chair-o-planes.