The Royal Show was first held in 1851. It has grown into one of the biggest events on the Kwazulu Natal calendar. This year’s edition of the show will be held at the Royal Agricultural Society of KZN Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from the 24th of May to the 2nd of June. It’s the 163rd edition of the show.
The Royal Show is often referred to as a ‘home away from home’, the occasion affords an opportunity for farmers and friends to network and renew acquaintances in a pleasing environment. This, whilst disseminating information to the broader public – young and old alike.
The 2013 edition of the Royal Show will host an official opening ceremony on Friday the 24th of May. This ceremony will also mark the start of celebrations for Pietermaritzburg’s 175th anniversary. The ceremony will include bands and demonstrations by the SANDF and will conclude with a celebratory fireworks display.
This year the Royal Show features no less than five concerts to cater for all your music and entertainment needs. On the 25th of May visitors can enjoy the Royal Concert concert featuring the Graham Watkins Project, Toya Delazy and Lonehill Estate, on the 26th of May visitors can check out the Royal Symphony Concert with the full Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra or enjoy the RSG concert featuring Die Heuwels Fantasties, Elvis Blue, Nadine and Ray Dylan, on the 1st of June visitors can check out the Hindvani FM concert including a mix of music and entertainment and on the 2nd of June visitors can check out the Ukhozi FM concert.
Besides these concerts there will also be junior and adult showjumping, aerobatics displays from the Flying Lions, parachuting displays, the Jungle Rush FMX Moto Madness, the SA Dog Agility championship and much more. And lets not forget that the Royal Show has 13 exhibition halls. Whilst agriculture forms the foundation of the Royal Show, the occasion sees the hosting of in excess of 500 industrial, commercial and service sector exhibits. Great news is that the show is well known for its mix of activities and is committed to meeting the expectations of all. The point is: there will be tons to do for the whole family.
The Royal Show’s gates will open at 9 PM daily. Gates will close at 6:30 PM on the 24th of May, 8 PM on the 25th of May, 6:30 PM from the 26th of May to the 31st of May and 8 PM on the 1st of June. Please note that gates will only be open for the Ukhozi FM concert on the 2nd of June, all exhibition halls will be closed.
Entry costs R50 for adults, R35 for Senior Citizens of 60 years or older and R35 for kids under 12 years. Kids under 6 years old can enter free. Also note that entrance costs R35 for everyone on the 29th of May and R55 for everyone on the 2nd of June (for the Ukhozi FM concert). Parking cost R15 per vehicle. For more information visit the Royal Show website or check out the Royal Show Facebook page. You can also contact the organizers telephonically on 033 3456274.
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