The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) was first known as the North East Agricultural Association of Ireland which was formed in 1854 following the Great Famine and a desire to improve agriculture. The Society was to embrace the counties of Down, Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan by holding Agricultural Shows and giving agricultural instruction.
The first annual Show at Balmoral was held on the 17th - 19th June 1896.
In December 1903, the name was changed to the Ulster Agricultural Society, then in January 1904, His Majesty King Edward VII commanded that the Society be known as the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society. The Society has charitable status and its income is applied towards the promotion of its objectives.
The King’s Hall was opened in 29th May 1934 by His Royal Highness and the Duke of Gloucester and quickly became a landmark of international renown. In April 1991 the Department of the Environment recognised its presence and features by placing it on the list of buildings of special architectural and historic interest.
To promote agriculture in Northern Ireland by holding Agricultural Shows and by giving agricultural instruction by exhibitions, lectures and other such means as may from time to time be found expedient. The promotion of Industries, Art, Science and Literature, though they have always been treated as minor in relation to the main objective of promoting agriculture.
Royal Ulster Agricultural Society
The King’s Hall Complex
Tel: +44(0)2890 665225
Fax: +44(0)2890 661264
At the annual meeting of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society held at the King’s Hall Complex, Belfast, on Friday, 3rd March 2017, the following 24 members were declared elected as members of the Council for a period of three years:
Christine Adams, Cynthia Aiken, Alan Armstrong, Sam Bell, Vaughan Byrne, Robin Cherry, Ian Duff, Ashley Fleming, Desmond Gibson, Pauline Gibson, Robert Harkness, Jayne Harkness-Bones, Ian Harvey, Norma Hoy, Gareth Kelly, Eugene Larkin, Jay Lindsay, Sam McEwen, Anna McIlveen, Robert McKibbin, Geoffrey Ringland, Trevor Shields, Stephen Smith and Alexandra Woods
Members are the backbone of the Society. Not only do membership subscriptions provide essential income for the Society but the contribution provided by its members is vital to the present and future of the everything the Society achieves.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society contact us on 028 9066 5225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can download the application form via the link below and return it to us:
By email: Send completed form to email@example.com
By post: Send completed form to
King's Hall Complex
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(over 18 years)
Senior Citizen Membership
(over 65 and paid 10 years full membership)
Young Farmer Membership
(under 30 with valid YFCU membership)
(under 18 and over 12 years)
(under 12 years)
(over 18 years) - membership for 3 users over a 10 year period.
(available for anyone)
**NEW** Family Membership
(2 adults and 2 junior/youth members)*
Free admission to three days of Balmoral Show
Fast track admission to to Balmoral Show
Use of the exclusive members' area including the restaurant, coffee shop and bar facilities
Free admission to RUAS Winter Fair
Reduced entry fees for stock classes - Balmoral Show and Winter Fair
Receive the RUAS members handbook
Receive copy of annual report and Balmoral News
Member competitions, days out and offers
The right to attend and vote at meetings of the Society (excluding Junior and YFCU categories)
The RUAS now offers members the opportunity to renew membership online at a discounted rate.To renew your annual membership:1. Click the tab below for "Renew RUAS Membership".2. Select the option for "memberships"3. Choose your applicable membership type4. Enter your details and finally your payment method (please ensure to enter your correct membership number which can be found on your membership card)
Should you wish to update your details or set up a direct debit for annual membership please download and complete the following forms.
Should you have any feedback or queries regarding membership we are always happy to hear from you.
Contact: Stacey on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)2890 686187.