FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Show

General

  • When is the 2024 Balmoral Show?

    The Balmoral Show will take place from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th May 2024 at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn. 

  • What are the Show opening times?

    The Show opening times for 2024 are as follows;

    Wednesday: 9:30am - 6:00pm

    Thursday: 9:30am - 8:00pm

    Friday: 9:30am - 7:00pm

    Saturday: 9:30am - 6:00pm

    Please note, the last shuttle bus to Lisburn train station will leave 30 minutes after the Show closes each day. 

  • Who runs the Show?

    The Balmoral Show is organised by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS).  You can find out more about the Society and about becoming a member on the membership section of this website. 

  • Do you accept group bookings?

    Yes, at the Balmoral Show we welcome group bookings from schools, youth groups and international visitors. 

     

    To purchase school, special needs and hospital group tickets contact the Balmoral Kids Team at Brilliant Trails.

    Email: janiene@brillianttrails.com 

    Phone: 028 2565 4114 / 07713 873229

     

    For all other group bookings, please contact Ashleigh in the Show Office.

    Email: ashleigh@ruas.org.uk 

    Phone: 028 9068 6189

  • Are there opportunities to volunteer at the Show?

    The Show wouldn't be what it is today without the support of our Event Ambassadors. To find out more about volunteer opportunities across the 4 day event check out the Volunteer Now website for availability. 

  • Is smoking allowed anywhere in the showground?

    Smoking is NOT permitted in any enclosed building or space including the marquees.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    We operate a strict no dogs policy at Balmoral Show with the exception of those taking part in displays or assistance dogs. Visitors with dogs will not be able to enter the Show.  Dogs are not permitted to remain in cars in the car parks due to the risk of heat exhaustion.

  • What is the best day to visit?

    The majority of the Show has a rolling programme over the 4 days, so you can see the same things every day.  Certain classes of competitions are only held on particular days and Thursday is the main day for Young Farmers activities.

    You can find out more using our timetable

  • I want to treat a client to a VIP experience, what do you suggest?

    RUAS Membership allows entry to the Members’ Area with a private dining room and views overlooking the Main Arena. 

    New to the Show this year is our Sponsor's Lounge with refreshments. For further information please contact Vickie

  • I am looking for interesting things to buy – where should I go?

    We have hundreds of quality trade stands brimming with lovely things to buy including homeware, garden furniture, fashion, artwork and jewellery.

    • The Eikon Shopping Village has everything from food to furnishings, coats to ceramics and shoes to sweaters.
    • Our Makers Market within the Eikon is dedicated to showcasing the finest crafters and creators in Northern Ireland. 
    • The new Strategic Power Connect Sustainability Village is your one stop for all forward thinking initiatives to include energy efficiency products and information on renewables.  

Tickets and Admission

Travel

  • How much is it to park at the Show?

    Car parking is available on the showgrounds at a daily rate of £10 per car. Please note, car parking can be paid by cash only on the day of your visit.

    As with any large scale events, there will be queues arriving and leaving the showgrounds at peak times. Please make sure to make provisions for any delays.

    During Show days, show-goers are encouraged to make use of public transport and the free shuttle bus service

  • What is the best time to avoid the queues?

    The Balmoral Show attracts big crowds. This will inevitably result in some delays in entering the site at peak times. Using public transport can enhance your journey. For further info visit the Getting to the Show section of our website.

    Our best advice is to arrive early and purchase tickets in advance of your visit so you can gain entry to the site quickly and efficiently.

  • When does the last shuttle bus leave?

    The last bus each day will leave 30 minutes after the Show closes.

    Wednesday and Saturday - 6:30pm

    Thursday - 8:30pm

    Friday - 7:30pm

Accessibility and Showground Facilities