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Poultry Pavilion Returns

Its back and better than ever!

Following the easing of bird gathering restrictions, the ever-popular Poultry Pavilion will return to the 155th Balmoral Show.

Hosting an array of birds from some of Northern Ireland's top breeders this exquisite display* is well worth a visit.

When: Wednesday - Saturday*

*Please note, all poultry classes will take place from Wednesday to Friday. On Saturday we will have a limited poultry display to comply with animal welfare guidance. 


Six Nations Wool Handling Competition

This year the Balmoral Show will proudly host the Six Nations Sheep Shearing Competition in the Shearing Pavilion. As teams of two from England, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales battle it out for podium finishes the atmosphere is set to be electric.

Requiring skill, precision and speed, this competition makes for a fascinating watch.

Don't forget to put it in your diary and cheer on our National team - We'll see you in the Shearing Pavilion!

When: Saturday 18th May at 1:45pm

Cattle Parade

A traditional highlight of this longstanding event and visitor favourite, the Balmoral Show Cattle Parade on Saturday 18th May is set to be unforgettable. Featuring each class winner in succession, the parade will see the award winning livestock make their way from the Logan Hall to the heart of the action in the Main Arena.

Secure your spot in the teared seating area or line the route and make sure you don't miss out on this mesmerising spectacle!

When: Saturday 18th May at 3:45pm

Sheep Dog Displays

Full-time farmer and international sheep dog trialist, James P McGee is set to join the 2024 Balmoral Show line-up with his sheep dog displays.

Accompanied by his trusty collie companions, Roel Dog Becca (2 years old) and Airgid Gold (18 months old), his captivating masterclasses will demonstrate the commands and techniques he uses on a daily basis to efficiently and seamlessly herd his sheep.

Whether you’re ‘coming by’ or ‘taking time’, its sure to be a mesmerising watch in the Cattle Rings.

When: Wednesday 15th May at 5:15pm and Friday 17th May at 5:30pm

International Show Jumping

The 2024 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, is thrilled to welcome the return of the International Show Jumping competitions this year with an increased prize fund of over €55,000. 

With prestigious international athletes set to take part, this thrilling watch is a must-see for all equine enthusiasts.

Stay tuned to find out more about this year's line up...

When: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

And that's only the beginning...

If you won't miss out on the Dexters, couldn't pass up on the traditional pig breeds or are super excited to catch the Valais Blacknose in the ring, make sure you check out our timetable for details on each class and championship across the busy 4 day programme

Please be aware, often a family favourite, the Logan Hall (Cattle Hall) is a very busy area and requires closure at certain times whilst cattle are being moved to and from judging.

This is for the safety of the cattle, the exhibitors and you, our visitors. Our priority at all times is that everyone can have a safe experience and unfortunately this means that at times we cannot allow access to the Cattle Hall. Please check back in following guidance from the stewards or visit the Show rings to see all of the action.