Following the extraordinary disappointment of the past two years, planning for the 2022 Royal Show is well advanced; this to take place over ten days from 27 May through 5 June 2022.

The Show, with some 500 exhibitors participating, coincides with the Royal Agricultural Society’s 170th anniversary; a landmark occasion.

Whilst the display mix will largely adhere to the successful ‘recipe’ of past years, the occasion will see a number of interesting and pleasing additions.

No visit to the Royal Show is complete without entertainment, and 2022 again promises to excite the senses and ensure a memorable time for young and old.

Africa’s Largest Mixed Agricultural Show

From a livestock perspective, the Royal has been chosen to host three National Championships; being the Hampshire Down and Ile de France sheep breeds, and for the first time, the Chianina cattle breed (an exceptionally large beef animal of Italian lineage).

The Royal Show is well known for affording a fun-filled learning experience, and 2022 will again see the hosting of the KZN Youth Show catering for school going youngsters and students. This will take place during the course of the first weekend. Entry is open to all, and on the day, animals (cattle, sheep and goats) are loaned to participants.

In similar vein, the KZN leg of the Toyota SA Young Auctioneer Competition will take place on Monday afternoon, 30 May.

The Royal Show Landbouweekblad Carcass Competition – certainly the most prestigious event on the South African Red Meat calendar – will take place on Tuesday, 31 May, and will be live-streamed to a national audience.

The competitive Cattle and Sheep Sections will conclude their participation with the spectacular Gold Cup Cattle Parade in the main arena on Wednesday afternoon, 1 June.

Other agriculturally related displays of public interest include the Sheep and Wool Expo (with weekend sheep shearing demonstrations), an informative exhibit by the Milk Producers Organisation, the Honey Hall and the ever popular bird and rabbit sections.

The Living Land Workshop on Tuesday, 31 May, will give 180 emerging farmers an opportunity to hone their skills; this by way of several lectures and demonstrations during the course of the day.

Some Old Favorites

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

The 150 year old Crafts and Home Industries Section has been modernised to exclusively cater for three primary exhibitions; these being the art of cake icing, flower arranging and quilting. Also, with an interactive presence adjacent to the Crafts Hall, the Midlands Woodworkers Guild will again be participating.

Royal Show: Music and More

Over the years, the annual entertainment programme is acknowledged to afford the public with a high-quality mix of sights, sounds and activities aimed at stimulating the senses, and ensuring a memorable time for young and old, whilst catering for all genres.

Music, in particular, plays a major part in the Royal Show; with individual music concerts each aspiring to meet the tastes of KZN’s eclectic demographic mix.

Visitors can look forward to:

  • The Witness Wheels Car Show’ on Friday, 27 May. This first-time event at the Royal will see a number of components, including a ‘Sound-Off’, ‘Dyno’ and ‘Show & Shine’ competitions.
  • The East Coast Radio Royal Rock Concert, featuring Prime Circle, Wonderboom, Cantrel, Fear of Falling and Jacques Moolman on Saturday afternoon, 28 May.
  • Celebrating the 170 th Royal Show, the Royal Symphony Concert, the annual Midlands showcase of large ensemble music, takes place on Sunday, 29 May 29 at 11h00. This year the KZN Youth Orchestra and The Wykeham Collegiate Wind Band present a varied classical and popular selection of music with robust rhythms
    and broad popular melodies.
  • The RSG Concert on Sunday afternoon, 5 June, featuring Elvis Blue, Demi Lee, Pietman Geldenhuys (aka Peter Mitchell) and the Coffee Snobs.
  • The Hindvani FM Extravaganza will see a fusion of music and dance on Saturday evening, 4 June.
  • The equestrian programme will include Show-Jumping, Boerperd, Childrens and National Showing Classes.
  • The Royal Show has also been chosen to host an international women’s tent-pegging competition; this between the national sides of South Africa and Jordan.
  • With the focus on creating awareness, Working on Fire will be hosting two lunch hour demonstrations for school children.
  • Two performances of the Jungle Rush Freestyle Moto-X Show on Friday, 3 June, followed on the early evening of Saturday, 5 June, with the Monster Flight Night; an outstanding professional Moto-X display with pyrotechnics
  • Also on the same date, a classic parade of the inimitable Mini motor car, spanning the years 1959 through 1972.
  • Sunday morning, 5 June, will see the main arena hosting the schools ‘Marimba Fest’. The talent of these youngsters, and the visceral tone and uniqueness of this African instrument, always ensures a pleasing experience.
  • KZN Dog Agility Nationals on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 May.
  • Skydiving displays on both Sunday, 29 May and Saturday, 4 June.
  • The return of the Karkloof Canopy Zipline, as well as the province’s largest fun-fair;

Covid Regulations

In respect of Covid protocols, the Royal Show will not require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. Instead, the venue capacity method will apply, being no more than 50% of capacity with an upper limit of 1 000 persons indoors and 2 000 outdoors.

To give effect thereto, the grounds will be compartmentalised into zones. With the exception of concerts in the main arena, it is unlikely that any area of the Showgrounds will exceed this capacity.

With regard to main arena concerts, proof of vaccination (if requested) will be required.

These measures are fully compliant with the Regulations published in the Government Gazette of 4 May 2022.

Thanks to Our Sponsors and Partners

The 2022 Royal Show acknowledges with appreciation its partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages, First National Bank (FNB), and East Coast Radio (ECR).

In addition to these fine sponsors, the Royal Show would also like to express gratitude to its media partners.

Buy Your Tickets Online!

Affording visitors with an all-inclusive package of enjoyment, education and entertainment, the 2022 Royal Show is sure to meet expectations. Online tickets sales are now open – so avoid the queues, and get yours now!