Balmoral Show: Visitors welcome back to event which is also livestreamed for first time in history

Northern Ireland’s largest agrifood event returns tomorrow after an enforced two-year hiatus, with organisers promising four fun-filled days for all the family with safety measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid transmission.

Tuesday, 21st September 2021, 5:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 8:29 am

Taking place at Balmoral Park in Lisburn (beside the Eikon Centre), the show will be livestreamed for the first time in its history.

The event offers family entertainment, shopping outlets, a full schedule of livestock classes and displays, and food and drink stalls showcasing the very best of local produce.

Agriculture remains at the heart of the show and this year it has an unrivalled range of classes ranging from horses to ponies, goats to pigs, poultry, pigeon and eggs as well as an array of beef and dairy cattle classes, all competing for prestigious championship titles.

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Beth Wilkinson prepares her animals for the Balmoral Show which starts on Wednesday. Picture Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

This year there will also be an enhanced national showjumping schedule with the highly anticipated grand prix that has attracted top class Irish riders.

The show also looks forward to the return of many family favourites – the Children’s Farm, Downtown Show stage, Healthy Horticulture area and ‘Most Appropriately Dressed’ competition.

The main arena will also host a parachute display by the RAF Falcons as well as a polo tournament.

In a first for the show it will be streamed online via ‘Balmoral Live’ available from www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, said: “Excitement is building at Balmoral Park as the show gets underway.

“This year marks the 152nd Show and as Northern Ireland’s largest agrifood event, offering something for everyone including our competitive livestock classes, our exhilarating main arena attractions, array of delicious food and drink providers as well as our unrivalled range of trade stands to shop and explore.

“This year we have put in place a number of Covid-19 safety measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

“Tickets are still available online and we encourage everyone to join us here at Balmoral Park for a great family day out.”

All visitors to Balmoral Show (including children aged 11 or over) are asked to demonstration one of the following:

• proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival

• proof of full vaccination

• proof of natural Covid antibodies based upon a positive PCR test within 180 days of the event

For more detailed information on Balmoral Show, the entry requirements and the safety measures that will be in place visit www.balmoralshow.co.uk

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