Something for everyone to enjoy
The Main Arena is packed with many exhilarating attractions over the 4 days of the Show. The Main Arena is also home to the International Show Jumping classes as well as the stunning Cattle Parade which showcases winners and breeds.
Balmoral Show attracts top quality livestock, all competing for prized red rosettes and prestigious Balmoral Championship titles. With over 3500 animals entered, the excellence and variety on display is unrivalled in Northern Ireland. There are livestock classes for a variety of farm animals from cattle, sheep, pigs and goats to poultry and rabbits.
The SPAR Arena is a dedicated area for entertainment and fun for the whole family. Visitors can expect to be educated and entertained with a variety of acts including circus workshops, dog handling displays and jiving. View the SPAR Arena timetable HERE.
Balmoral Show attracts many top international riders from home and abroad who compete in 6 international competitions which take place from the Wednesday to Friday of Show week. Names such as GB’s Geoff Billington and Ireland’s Olympic competitor Greg Broderick compete for top titles. National show jumping competitions also fill the Main Arena.
The Children's Farm showcases an abundance of cute, cuddly baby farm animals. Children are given the opportunity to hold, stroke and even feed the baby animals provided by Ark Open Farm. Visitors also have the chance to meet snakes, tarantulas and more from Mantella - their aim is to bring you up close and personal to weird and wonderful animals from around the World with their popular Zoo-to-you Interactive Animal Encounters.
The Healthy Horticulture area will entice and excite green fingered enthusiasts. Ulster Beekeepers and CAFRE will provide interactive areas as well as herb and wildlife gardens. The Healthy Horticulture area promotes all the different sides of the horticulture industry. It can also be a tranquil area away from the hustle and bustle of the Show.
Over 90 local food and drink companies are getting ready to celebrate the very best of local produce in the NI Food Pavilion at the Balmoral Show 2019. To keep up to date with exciting developments in the NI Food Pavilion click HERE.
The Inter Hunt Chase is a thrilling feature of the Balmoral Show and takes place in the Main Arena on Friday at 4pm. It is fast, exciting and a great spectator sport. A local hunt team will be parading on Thursday before the Horse Parade. The huntsman will give a demonstration on hound control during the parade with a running commentary about the history of the hunt.
There are over 650 trade stands situated all over the showgrounds. From farm and plant machinery to crafts, food and fashion, you’re sure to find something of interest.
Come and see the various shearing and wool handling competitions which will take place over the 4 days in the Shearing Pavilion. It is fast, exciting and very competitive. Get there early for a good seat as it's always really popular.
Thursday is traditionally the main Young Farmers day, with machinery handling, ladies football and the exciting tug of war held on the cattle lawn. The final of the floral art competition will also take place on the Thursday morning in the Garden Village. Be sure to visit the YFCU stand in Section B and find out how to join a club near you and learn about all the different activities that you could be involved in.
The Show is a fun-filled and entertaining experience from start to finish. Even as you walk throughout the showgrounds our street performers will be amusing you with colourful costumes, comedy and silly antics.
Beside the Eikon Exhibition Centre (Shopping Village) you will find the ever popular Fun Fair which is full of rides and games to entertain all ages.