Nine week countdown to the 2022 Balmoral Show
The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) has launched the 153rd Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank.
This year Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event returns to its usual date in May and it once again promises to be four fun-filled days out for the entire family.
Taking place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn from Wednesday 11th May to Saturday 14th May 2022, the Show prides itself on offering something for everyone. From prize winning livestock, an unrivalled array of trade stands, the mouth-watering NI Food Pavilion showcasing the very best of local produce as well as a wide range of family entertainment and attractions, this spectacular agri-food Show is not to be missed.
Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, said: “We are delighted to officially launch the 2022 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank. This week marks the 9-week countdown until the 153rd Balmoral Show and plans are well underway for Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event.
“We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Balmoral Park this May for the 2022 Show. Last year we ran the event in September – however we are thrilled to be returning to our usual May date, kicking off the showing season here in Northern Ireland.”
The Balmoral Show is set to return with a bang with a number of top-class attractions. The Show will welcome back a full schedule of Show Jumping classes including the return of International Show Jumping as well as the return of sheep classes to the line-up. Also returning to the Main Arena will be the RAF Parachute team and Polo Exhibition. This year there will be special performances from a Military Band and as well as an exciting Dog Display during the Show.
Visitors can look forward to the return of many family favourites; the Children’s Farm, Downtown Show Stage, Healthy Horticulture Area and BBC Roadshow as well as many mobile family attractions all returning to the showgrounds. This year, the RUAS will also be marking the Queens Platinum Jubilee with a number of special activities across Show days.
Rhonda continued: ‘‘We cannot wait to bring Balmoral back for 2022 and as always, the Show promises to be a fun-filled day out, with so much to see and do. Whether you’re looking for a family fun, fantastic food or the chance to view exceptional livestock, it’s all in the Show!
‘‘We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support, especially our principal sponsor Ulster Bank and our platinum sponsors ABP, Marks & Spencer’s, SPAR and TESCO.”
Mark Crimmins, Regional Managing Director, Ulster Bank NI, said the return to a full-scale Balmoral Show in 2022 is a mark of the resilience of the farming community.
“The Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank continues to be the leading event in the Northern Ireland agricultural calendar and after last year’s hybrid show, there will be a huge appetite to see the return of a full-scale event,” he said.
“We have supported the RUAS as principal sponsor of the Show since 2009 and are proud to play a role in its continued success. This sponsorship reflects Ulster Bank’s broader commitment to the local agri-food sector and while we know there are many challenges facing the industry, there are also a lot of opportunities.
“Our message to farmers and producers is that we are here to help you maximise these and have the people and expertise to support your goals. We look forward to returning to Balmoral Park in May and catching up with our customers and friends from across the industry to celebrate all that this important, vibrant sector continues to achieve.”
This year’s Show will run from Wednesday 11th May to Saturday 14th May, with four action packed days of family fun. Early Bird tickets are now available to purchase online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.
Caption: The 153rd Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank was launched at Balmoral Park by Operation Director Rhonda Geary.