Official Statement issued by the Llanthony Valley and District Show Society
1 May 2021
It is with deep regret that, due to the ongoing situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Llanthony Valley and District Show Society, after taking careful account of the latest Government and Public Health guidance, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Llanthony Show.
With the Government and Welsh Assembly advising against attending mass gatherings and further action relating to social distancing and self-isolation and unnecessary travel, the Society felt there was no other option.
The Show Society prides itself on being a volunteer led organisation, delivering our iconic Show and other events which are an integral part of supporting our local rural community. We understand the effect of this decision, which is made with a heavy heart.
We have considered postponement or whether we could run a smaller event but, for many reasons, neither of these options are viable. Whilst this news is disappointing for everyone, we are sure that you would agree that the health, safety and well-being of our volunteers, visitors, and exhibitors is of paramount importance.
The Society would like to thank our many helpers, traders, exhibitors, competitors, sponsors and all stakeholders for their understanding and patience during this period of uncertainty. We will keep you fully informed regarding any further developments during this unprecedented situation.
Show Day 2020 : Saturday 1st August
One of the best loved Shows in South Wales
The Llanthony Valley and District Show was first held in 1962. It is one of the only shows of its kind, still completely organized by local volunteers, with no major corporate sponsorship involved. The Show's popularity is based on local support on a strictly non-commercial basis.
The Show was originally founded following a critical television documentary about the Llanthony Valley in 1959 called "The Dying Valley". Local people banded together at the first Show Committee to prove that the Llanthony Valley was anything but dying! Its continuing success over the last four decades has proved how wrong that original judgment was.
The Llanthony Valley and District Show has one of the best sites of all local shows, deep in the Llanthony Valley near Llanthony Abbey, surrounded by the Black Mountains. It sits at the heart of a thriving farming community, and its longstanding popularity is driven by the full support of the local community.
There is something for everyone at the Llanthony Show. Take a look at our Taking Part pages to see how you can join in the fun on Show Day. The day kicks off with the horse and pony classes which continue throughout the day. Sheep must be penned by 11am ready for judging to start. The main marquee has classes for flowers, vegetables, handicraft and baking, as well as children's craft, drawing and photography. The companion dog show starts at 12pm. Throughout the afternoon there are various sports for children and adults in the main ring.