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The 'Royal' Show
Royal Show 2009.jpg
Logo of the last Royal Show in 2009
Organisers The Royal Agricultural Society Show Committee
Sponsors (main)
Date held on July
Duration (days) ?
Venue Stoneliegh Park
Location nr Warwick
County Warwickshire
Country England
NTET Accredited
Attendance numbers
(approximate no.)
140,000 (2007)
Next Event Date non
First Event was held in (year) 1839
Last Event was held in (year) 2009
No. of years held 170 years
150 + shows
Event closed after falling visitor numbers and rising costs
Events Web Site

The Royal Show was an annual agricultural show/fair held by the Royal Agricultural Society of England every year from 1839 to 2009. It was held in Stoneleigh Park (previously known as the National Agricultural Centre or NAC) near Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, England. Early venues for the show included Park Royal in London and Victoria Park, Leamington Spa.

The event encompassed all aspects of farming, food and rural life - from the best of British livestock to the latest business and technological innovations in the farming industry. Over 1,000 stands, world-class lifestock and equine classes attracted visitors from over 100 countries.[1]

Royal Show 2007

More than 140,000 visitors were expected to attend the 2007 show;[2] however, bad weather forced the show to close early for the first time in its history.[3] Torrential rains left the showground saturated and police and show organisers took the decision to close the show a day ahead of schedule "to ensure the safety and welfare of the public, traders and exhibitors".

Two of the showground's car parks were closed on Monday evening after drivers had to be towed free. A further 30 acres (12 ha) of barley and hay fields were mowed to provide additional parking on the Tuesday.

The decision was described as "heartbreaking" by the Royal Agricultural Society of England. John Moverley, RASE Chief Executive, said the financial implications of the wet weather and closing the show early were being assessed. “We haven’t got exact figures, but it looks as though we are down by about 10% for the first two days on last year,” he said.[3]

Royal Show 2009

On 3 April 2009, organisers said the 2009 show would be the last.[4] The decision followed several years of declining visitor numbers and increased costs and competition. Infrastructures of machinery have targeted there resources for promotion to other areas, with many taking a decision to only take stands at more targeted events or to support Dealer's events teams. The large trade stands are costly to set up and in terms of manpower to staff them for few obvious rewards.

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