APRIL 5, 2012: Visitors including gardeners, smallholders, and farmers from across Wales and further afield are expected to flock to this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival over the weekend of May 19-20.

The Festival, now one of the most popular events in Wales, draws around 25,000 people of all ages to the Royal Welsh showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, for what is described by the organisers as ‘the number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living’. “Although all aspects of the Festival may not yet be finalised, it is clear that there will be something new and exciting around almost every corner of every section – just like the real countryside,” said Dr Fred Slater, the Festival Chairman. “I hope the weekend will inspire some to become more involved in countryside skills whether bees, poultry, sheep, goats or gardening, to mention just a few, and to help them along we are providing a ‘getting started trail’ with an information desk to guide interested visitors to the demonstrations, advice and talks they might need,” he added. A number of new classes are being introduced in several of the livestock sections at this year’s festival including those for sheep, angora goats, pigs and cattle, and there will again be an exciting main ring programme. If you would like more information on this year’s attractions, call 01982 554425.

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