Welcome 2019 Royal Show 24 May 2 June


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, 24 May to Sunday, 2 June

Hours of operation


09h00 daily and will close at the following times:

Friday, 24 May 21h00

Saturday, 25 May 19h30

Sunday, 26 May to Thursday, 30 May 18h00

Friday, 31 May 21h00

Saturday, 1 June 20h00

Sunday, 2 June 17h00


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 17h00

Following evening closure, halls will not under any circumstances be opened.


Approx. 10h00 daily and will – subject to support – close at the following times:

Friday, 24 May 23h00

Saturday, 25 May 23h00

Sunday, 26 May 22h00

Monday, 27 May to Thursday, 30 May 21h00

Friday, 31 May 23h00

Saturday, 1 June 23h00

Sunday, 2 June 17h00

Gate/ parking charges

Adult (12 years +)R70.00
Junior (under 12 years)R45.00
Pensioner (60 years + with ID)R45.00

Friday, 24 May and 31 May – R45.00 for all persons

Organised school groups – Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30 May only – R45.00 for all pupils in school uniform with 1 teacher free of charge for every 20 paying pupils.

Pre-school children (under 6 years)Free
Public Parking – R20.00


Public parking (controlled by Voortrekker High School) is available:

  1. in the grounds of the Voortrekker High School off Howick Road beyond the Exhibitor’s and Members’ parking area every day of the show,
  2. on Wednesday, 29 May and Thursday, 31 May for buses only at Townhill Hospital; access off Townbush 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.

Pass outs
Please note that the Royal does not operate a pass out system.

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.

Travelling time
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.

First Aid
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.

Prohibited Items
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 and Standard Bank are represented on site.

Limited Activities
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, it is suggested that you contact the offices on 033 – 345 6274  or view the website www.royalshow.co.za to avoid disappointment on arrival.

Entertainment Program
Please note the entertainment program is subject to weather conditions and factors beyond the organiser’s control. 

Disabled persons
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, 27 and Tuesday, 28 May are expected to be the least frenetic.  Also, a visit on these days is recommended if you have a particular interest in livestock.

Ablution Facilities
The Royal prides itself on the cleanliness of its ablution facilities, the locations of which are clearly marked.

Lost children
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 168 years – of hosting a show in support of agriculture and broad economic activity in 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 entity by way of a profit share or dividend.



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Please note, that depending on factors beyond the organisers control, it may not be possible to host certain advertised events.
  4. 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.