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Your Guide to Balmoral Show 2019

05 April 2019

With just under two weeks to go, the countdown is now on for Balmoral Show - a key event in every farmer’s calendar!

Don’t come from a farming background? The show is a fantastic day out for families with an abundance of exciting activities on offer.

The show will run from 15th-18th May in the Eikon Cenre, Lisburn. Attendees have a lot to look forward to with the 2019 show promising to be bigger and better! From show jumping championships, a children’s petting farm, delicious food and fun fairs, there’s more to the Balmoral show then you may think. We’ve got some tips for how to make the most of the show:

Come Prepared

There is SO much going on over the four days, so to avoid confusion and time wasting when you get to the show, visit the Balmoral Show official website to get full details of what’s going on each day and when. You can look at the show timetable here and plan your visit accordingly.

The show’s opening times are as follows: 

Wednesday 9.30 – 6pm 

Thursday 9.30 – 8pm 

Friday 9.30 – 7pm 

Saturday 9.30 – 6pm

You can also find info online on the best route to get to the show here and word to the wise, if you can get public transport, do it! Traffic and parking can get a little crazy. If you are driving, parking will cost you £8 per day.

Check the Weather

Ah the weather…it is one of our favourite topics of conversation after all! Even if the forecast isn’t all clear skies for the four days, checking the weather in advance will help when dressing yourself and the kids! Wellies are always a good idea! Remember you’ll be outside a lot, so make sure you dress sensibly. 

Entertain the Kids

You won’t have any trouble keeping your little ones occupied at the show, as you’ll find something fun around every corner! Check out the Spar Arena which is all about family fun and enjoy hula hoop workshops, dancing and comedy shows.  

There’s also a fun fair, a Children’s Farm with lots of adorable animals that your kids can hold and feed, and attractions in the Main Arena. Thursday is the main Young Farmers Day, with a host of activities taking place on the cattle lawn including machinery handling, ladies football and an exciting tug of war game!

Have a Meeting Spot

Around 90,000 people attend the show each year so getting lost can happen easily. When you arrive at the show, arrange a meeting point with the rest of your group. Just make sure it’s easily recognisable so you don’t forget. On the subject of getting lost, make sure your phone is fully charged before you set off. If you’re planning on attending the full show it could be worth investing in a portable charger.

Food & Healthy Horticulture 

There is so much delicious food on offer at the show, we advise leaving lots of room to enjoy all that the NI Food Pavilion has to offer. Over 90 local food and drink companies will be present to celebrate the best of local produce. 

While the food pavilion is one area you’ll definitely want to visit, make sure you make time for the Health Horticulture which aims to entice and excite all green fingered enthusiast. This area is also a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Show.