Farmyard favourites at Royal IW County Show

The Royal Isle of Wight County Show, a staple Island event since 1833, and a favourite of Queen Victoria, returns over the weekend of July 13 and 14, offering a blend of rural traditions and contemporary fun. This annual gathering offers local families and visitors alike a unique opportunity to experience the rural heart of the Isle of Wight up close.

One of the show’s main attractions is the chance to see rare breeds and pedigree farm animals, including sheep, cattle, pigs, and goats. The livestock area is a particular highlight, featuring classes and championships which are like the Olympics for livestock!

Sheep breeds on display include Beltex, Blue Texel, Hampshire Down, Dorset, Suffolk, Texel, Charolais, and others. In the cattle classes, visitors can see everything from calves to dairy cows, with prestigious awards such as Best Bull in Show and Champion Beast up for grabs.

The pig area is also a crowd-pleaser, as well as a significant event in the pig showing calendar, attracting exhibitors from across the south of England. Various breeds will be featured including Middle White, Large Blacks and British Saddlebacks.

Competitions like pig agility and pig handling are open to the public, offering the opportunity for interactive fun – and memorable photos!

This year’s show farm theme centres around rare breeds, giving visitors the chance to get up close to Black Wendsleydales and Lllanwenog sheep, Bagot and Golden Guernsey goats, and friendly little Shetland ponies.

The livestock events culminate in the IW Observer main ring Grand Parade, a celebratory showcase of prize-winners from all parts of the show, including the various livestock Best in Class and Supreme Champions.

Whilst the IW County Show is a traditional day out for Island families, it has evolved over the years, and now offers a wonderful mix of rural life, history, education, and entertainment for all ages.

Save money by getting your Advance day tickets at just £12.50 for adults (£14.50 on the day) and weekend tickets at £17 for adults (£22 on the day). Children under 16 go free with a paying adult. Book now via iw.observer/countyshow, and make sure you don’t miss this brilliant event that brings the Island community together.