For a great educational day out bring your school/youth group to the Balmoral Show. There is lots to see and do.We hope that through attending the Balmoral Show, children will gain a better understanding about food and agriculture in Northern Ireland as well as having an exciting day out.
A free guide service provided by Brilliant Trails will be offered to all primary school and special needs groups on a first come first served basis to help them gain the most from their show visit. This interactive guided tour will last approximately 1 hour 30mins. The guide will lead your group to each interactive point and provide support to your group while attending the Show.
The school rates provide excellent value for money and getting to the Show is easy with a coach drop-off and parking on site. We aim to make this school trip as stress-free as possible for everyone.
To add to this educational field trip, supporting materials will be provided to download from the website. The online booklet is full of educational items, related to food and agriculture and other fun things to do.
All bookings can be made online. Brilliant Trails will manage and process your booking and forward passes etc to you before the Show.
If you have any questions please contact Janiene Tel 028 2565 4114 / 07713 873 229 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full of useful information, puzzles, games and interesting facts!
£80 per group of 20. (17 children + 3 adults) Additional pupils £3, Additional supervising adults £12
£9 per pupil
£12 per supervising adult
£6 per person
Coach parking is provided on site adjacent to the Schools Trail reception entrance at Public Entrance 2 and is free of charge. Coach drivers also get free admission to the Show.
Please find below details of some of the features and attractions of the Balmoral Show. A full list of attractions and show features will be available in April.
Children, young and old, will find lots to see and do including the Children's Farm, Face Painting, Fun fair, Spar Entertainment Arena, Simulators, Funfair Games and the list goes on!
Ark Open Farm will have lots of cute, cuddly baby animals for you to see and learn about. You’ll be given the opportunity to hold, stroke and even feed the baby animals. You can also get your face painted. Also meet the donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary and see the great work they do. If you like snakes and spiders and all things reptile make sure your visit the Children's Farm and see the Mantella display.
The cattle population in Northern Ireland totals over 1.17 million, which is divided between dairy and beef. You will be able to see the cattle being judged in the Cattle Rings and find their stalls nearby.
Did you know? A dairy cow isn’t just a dairy cow, but is known by a breed. These are the breeds you’ll be able to see at the Show; Dairy Shorthorn, Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein.
There are many types of horses and ponies to be found around Balmoral Park; in their stables, in the judging rings and in the Main Arena.
Horses come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are all as beautiful as the next. See how many different types you can see on your way round the Showgrounds. There are new classes for Maxi Cobs and a Young Event Horse class that includes dressage.
You’ll find show jumping on every day in the Main Arena. This is always fasinating to watch as the horses are so beautiful and graceful as they jump the fences, some of which can be 1.50 metres high.
In Northern Ireland, the main breeds of pedigree pig are Large White and Landrace, both of which you’ll be able to see at the Show. There is also a rare breeds section where you may find a Gloucester Oldspot, Saddleback or Berkshire pig. Come and see the lovely friendly goats and see who has won the big red rosette for 1st prize.
Make sure you stop in at the Poultry Pavilion during your visit to the Show. You’ll find over 700 birds of every colour, shape and size and decorated eggs. Why don’t you enter into the decorated eggs section? Details are available in the Livestock Prize Schedule.
Rabbits & Cavies can be found in the Poultry & Rabbit Pavilion. Most of the animals entered are household pets and their owners just want to show them off!
You’ll find 21 differnet breeds of sheep in the Sheep Pavilion; you’ll probably be able to hear them before you can see them! Sheep Shearing also goes on at the Show in the Shearing Pavilion. The competitions are fast, exciting and great to watch, but get your seat early, as it's always very popular!
A full list of attractions will be available early April. Click here for Show Features page.
Come and see the Donkey Display who will be in the Horse Rings each show day.
These are fast and very exciting to watch. Balmoral is the final of the Wilkinson Sword and is much sought after. They are held in the Main Arena on Thursday morning.
Visit the YFCU stand and see all the great activities available for young people all over Northern Ireland. If you are 12 years and over see how you can join this great youth organisation and where there is a club near you.
Come and ride the big wheel and see the view for miles around fromt he top. Plenty of rides to keep you entertained during your visit to the Show.
This area is dedicated to everything garden related. Come and see how to grow various fruits and vegetables in the Polytunnel and learn how to grow your own. The winners of the Miniature Garden Competition will also be on display as well as the winners of the YFCU Floral Art Competition. The Downtown show stage as well as various catering units and seating area will be in this area.
Come and see the machinery from days gone by in the Vintage Display at the top of the Garden Village.
When walking around Balmoral Park, make sure you visit the large machinery area. There are big trucks, tractors, excavators and many more huge pieces of machinery on display.
There are over 600 trade stands spread throughout Balmoral Park, exhibiting a wide range of products. Within the shopping village you will find everything from crafts to toys and much much more!