FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROYAL SHOW
What time do we open…Where do I find parking…When is the best time to visit?
Here, we provide the answers to all you need to know about the Show!
Dates of Show
Friday, 25 May to Sunday, 3 June
Hours of opening
Showgrounds: 09h00 to conclusion of Arena events
Friday, 2 June 20h30
Friday, 25 May 18h00
Saturday, 26 May 19h30
Sunday, 27 May to Friday, 2 June 18h00
Saturday, 2 June 19h30
Sunday, 3 June 18h00
Between the hours of closing and opening of halls, they will not under any circumstances be opened.
Gate/ parking charges
Adult (12 years +) – R65.00
Junior (under 12 years) – R40.00
Pensioner (60 years + with ID) – R40.00
Pre-school children (under 6 years) – Free
Wednesday, 31 May – R40.00 for all persons
Public Parking – R20.00
Public parking (controlled by Voortrekker High School) is available:
- in the grounds of the Voortrekker High School off Howick Road beyond the Members’ parking area every day of the show,
- on Wednesday, 31 May and Thursday, 1 June for buses only at Townhill Hospital; access off Hyslop Road.
Car Watch will be in attendance.
Additional activities – requiring payment
Aside from the gate fee, an additional charge will be levied in respect of certain services / activities. These include food and beverage, the funfair and the Zipline.
Please note that the Royal does not operate a pass out system.
Special ‘concession day’
The Society has chosen Wednesday, 31 May as its ‘concession day.’ Whilst available to all, the intention is to assist individuals and organisations who are, for whatever reason, disadvantaged. Entry for all is R40.00 on this day.
School concession days
The concession available to organised school groups applies only to Wednesday, 31 May and Thursday, 1 June. On these days pupils in groups and under the supervision of a teacher will be permitted entry at R40 per head. In the interest of all stakeholders, schools are requested to make every effort to ensure that scholars use their visit as a project related experience.
Location of Showgrounds
Located in Howick Road opposite Voortrekker High School. From Durban (via the N3), take the Sanctuary/Armitage Rd offramp; and from Johannesburg, the Chatterton Rd/ City or the Peter Brown offramp. All offramps are signposted.
The Showgrounds are approximately 50 minutes from both the Berea in Durban and Estcourt in the Midlands.
There are approximately 15 facilities within the Showgrounds, ranging from fast-food to good restaurant fare, several of which are licensed – but only for consumption within the facility.
Dangers – Livestock and Horses
Visitors are reminded that there are in excess of 1000 cattle, horses and sheep on site and that at all times animals will enjoy right-of-way. Appropriate care is therefore required, particularly with younger children.
Smoking is not permitted in any area with a fixed roof.
Dogs are not permitted, other than in the case of guide dogs, or dogs forming part of any display.
ER24 occupy a permanent facility (next to The Witness stand).
For the duration of the Show, there is a fully operational SAPS presence operating from the charge office located behind Hall 3 – this to complement extensive in-house security. The public are, however, advised to adopt the standard precautionary measures applicable to any environment where crowds gather, especially in respect of handbags, cell phones and lap tops.
The public is prohibited from bringing into the Grounds alcohol, ‘laser lights’, firearms (including air guns), knives or any other items deemed, at Security’s sole discretion, to be a weapon or an item that could possibly hurt or interfere with visitors and/or livestock.
FNB, Standard Bank, and Nedbank are represented on site.
Please note that certain activities, such as cattle breed judging and sheep-shearing are limited to certain days and times. Should you wish to visit the Show for a specific purpose, we suggest that you contact the offices on 033 – 345 6274 to avoid disappointment on arrival.
Please note the entertainment program is subject to weather conditions and factors beyond the organiser’s control.
Bona fide disabled persons will be permitted to park in a designated area on the Voortrekker sports fields but remain liable for the standard parking fee of R20.00.
Whilst most facilities within the Showgrounds cater for the disabled, the Royal has yet to attain a target of total ‘user-friendliness.’
Quieter times to visit the Show
Monday, 29 and Tuesday, 30 May are expected to be the least frenetic. Also, a visit on these days is recommended if you have a particular interest in livestock.
The Royal prides itself on the cleanliness of its ablution facilities, the locations of which are clearly marked.
Please ensure that all children under the age of 13 have on their person a contact address and telephone number. Parents are urged to keep a watchful eye on their children at all times – but if lost, youngsters and/or parents are asked to report to the SAPS Charge Office behind Hall 3.
Fairground and Children’s entertainment
The Royal Show incorporates a modern fairground located to the east of the main arena. No children under the age of 10, unaccompanied by an adult, will be permitted access to the fairground.
Membership of the Society
Membership is open to all, and this can make your visit to both the Royal, as well as the Garden Show a more pleasurable experience in terms of the facilities available. Please enquire at the Society’s office or telephone 033-345-6274.
Who runs the Royal Show?
The Royal Agricultural Society of Natal, a private non-profit organisation, run largely by volunteers who of their own volition have a tradition – extending for 166 years – of hosting a show in support of agriculture and broad economic activity within the province of KZN.
What happens to any generated profits?
Any profits generated by the Royal Show are expended solely on agriculturally related service activities and on maintaining the Society’s facilities.
No surplus funds are made available for distribution to any individual or corporate body by way of a profit share or dividend.
- You enter the premises of the Royal Agricultural Society on the condition that you do so at your own risk and no claim will lie against the Society for any damage or loss you may suffer to your person or your property whilst you are on the premises, arising from any cause whatsoever.
- Please note, that depending on factors beyond the organisers control, it may not be possible to host certain advertised events.
- The Royal Show does not endorse any of the political or personal views held by its employees, suppliers, exhibitors, organisers and performers at the Royal Show.
- Visitors enter the Showgrounds entirely at their own risk and no claim will lie against the Royal Show for any damage, death or loss to one’s person or property arising from any cause whatsoever. Also, whilst the organisers endeavour to vet the credibility of exhibitors and vendors, the Royal Show cannot be held responsible for non-delivery or defective goods or services purchased.