ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NATAL

With the focus on introducing ‘town to country’ and affording guests an educational and fun-filled experience; the 169th Royal Show opens its gates on Friday, 24 May.

The Royal is South Africa’s largest mixed agricultural show in terms of catering for livestock and equipment.  In 2019, this includes the hosting of the Hampshire Down National Sheep and National Dexter Cattle Championships.  

The large presence of agricultural implements is of interest to farmers and the public alike, and the occasion is frequently used for introducing new models and brands.

Included in the 2019 Royal Show mix is KZN’s largest annual display of Birds, Rabbits and Honey products, each of which includes a purchase and educational component; this to complement the Natural Wool and Fibre Expo and display of Indigenous Livestock in the Sheep Section.  

Aside from agriculture, the Royal Show continues to cater for a broad mix of 450 or so commercial, industrial and service sector exhibits, including informative and professional displays by the SANDF and SAPS, amongst others.  Indeed, #something for everyone.  

No visit to the Royal Show is complete without entertainment, and 2019 again promises to excite the senses and ensure a memorable time for young and old.  

Visitors can look forward to:

  • The East Coast Radio Royal Rock Concert, featuring Sutherland, Holly Rey, Kyle Deutsch and Goodluck on Saturday afternoon, 25 May.
  • The Royal Symphony Concert on Sunday morning, 26 May, themed Power of the March to the elegance of the Waltz.
  • The RSG Concert on Sunday afternoon, 26 May, featuring Tussen Sterre, Sonja Herholdt, Snotkop and Ricus Nel.
  • The Hindvani FM Extravaganza will see a fusion of entertainment from flash entertainers to Bhangra, on Saturday evening, 1 June.
  • The afternoon of Sunday, 2 June, wraps up the Royal Show with the Sisonke Concert, a mix of entertainment with a jazz theme.
  • A full equestrian programme including Boerperd, Show-Jumping, Dressage, Childrens and National Showing Classes.
  • The return – on the second weekend of the show – of the Harvard aerobatic display, under the banner of the ‘Puma Flying Lions’.
  • The evenings of Friday, 31 May and Saturday, 1 June will see the return of the ‘Monster Flight Night Show’ incorporating local and international freestyle Motocross riders performing the latest stunts.  A professional display of the highest order, incorporating pyrotechnics for effect.
  • Also returning in 2019, is the Royal Demolition Derby, where a team of professional stock car racers take on each other, by way of motorised destructive power.  
  • With the focus on creating awareness, Working on Fire will be hosting three lunch hour demonstrations for schoolchildren.  
  • An interactive ‘Strongman Display’, allowing for the participation of youngsters, is scheduled to take place on two occasions during the course of the final weekend of the Show.
  • Sunday morning, 2 June, will see the main arena hosting the schools ‘Rock ‘n Royal Marimba Fest’.  The talent of these youngsters, and the visceral tone and uniqueness of this African instrument, will ensure a pleasing experience for any member of the audience.
  • The continuation of the Powasol Enduro-X series will – under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa – again take place in the Cattle Arena on Saturday,1 and Sunday, 2 June.
  • The ‘Cattle Gold Cup Parade’ where upwards of a hundred of the crème de la crème of South Africa’s livestock will be paraded in the main arena prior to the presentation of awards.  This will take place early on Wednesday evening, 29 May, and the spectacular occasion is open to all.
  • National dog agility trials on Friday, 31 May, and Saturday, 1 June.
  • The River Stage will include a mix of informative entertainment including ‘Shark Dissections‘ and the appearance of the ‘Russian Scientist’ by way of conducting a range of educational, but fun-filled experiments.  
  • Skydiving displays on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 2 June.
  • The return of the Karkloof Canopy Zipline, as well as the province’s largest fun-fair;
  • This, and much, much more …..    

Following a break of three years, an upgraded Bagjump will be returning to the show for the first six days.  Experience the thrill of the ‘Freefall’ – a no strings attached jump into a giant inflatable landing mattress, from a 18 m high Scissor Lift platform; not too far off the height of a 5-storey building.

Visitors from the Greater Durban area may be interested in combining a visit to the Show, with a steam train experience, departing and returning to the Kloof Station.     

Focused on adding value to exhibitors and visitors alike, gate entry will be R45 for all persons on both Fridays of the Show.  In addition, 31 May, will be known as ‘Super Friday’, where a number of exhibitors and caterers, including the funfair, will be offering special discounted packages.

The 2019 Royal Show acknowledges with appreciation its partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages, First National Bank (FNB) and East Coast Radio (ECR).

Managed parking is available on the Voortrekker Sportsfields, directly opposite the main gate into the Showgrounds, at R20 per vehicle.  There is also a dedicated area for the disabled.

The Royal Show, with its mix of tradition, coupled with the latest trends and tastes, affords visitors an all-inclusive package of education, information and entertainment; a unique event catering for the family as a whole.   

Gate charges: R70 per adult

R45 for children under 12 and pensioners

R45 per learner (including teenagers) for organised school groups on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30 May

R45 for everyone on Friday, 24 and 31 May.

Halls

Opening 09h00 daily and will close at the following times:

Friday 24 May 18h00

Saturday, 25 May 19h30

Sunday, 26 May to Thursday, 30 May 18h00

Friday, 31 May 20h30

Saturday, 1 June 19h30

Sunday, 2 June 18h00