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The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society

The Society's primary charitable aim is to promote agriculture in Northern Ireland by holding agricultural Shows. 

This objective has evolved over time and the RUAS now hosts three annual Shows encompassing everything from livestock and machinery to handmade crafts and the finest local food. 

The RUAS Celebrating 170 Years

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Not only do membership subscriptions provide essential income for the Society but the contribution provided by its members is vital to the present and future of everything the Society achieves.

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Upcoming Events

26
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Royal Ulster Premier Beef Lamb Championships

26 November 2024

Eikon Exhibition Centre

12
Dec
Royal Ulster Winter Fair

12 December 2024

Eikon Exhibition Centre

14
May
Balmoral Show 2025

14 May 2025 to 17 May 2025

Eikon Exhibition Centre

Latest News

170 Years of Heritage Goes Digital

11 June 2024

170 Years of Heritage Goes Digital

Today the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society launched its new website to help bring 170 years of heritage into a user friendly and accessible online platform.

 

 

Family Fun In The Sun for 155th Balmoral Show

31 May 2024

Family Fun In The Sun for 155th Balmoral Show

The 2024 Balmoral Show saw well over 100,000 visitors flock to the Eikon Exhibition Centre from 15th – 18th May for four days of family fun and an insight into the country’s long standing agricultural industry.

Message From the Patron

01 April 2024

Message From the Patron

A message from RUAS Patron HRH The Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh

RUAS Long Service Award

21 March 2024

RUAS Long Service Award

On Friday 8th March 2024, RUAS President John Henning OBE presented a prestigious Long Service Award in memory of the late Austin Perry to his brother, David Perry.

Our History

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) was first known as the North East Agricultural Association of Ireland. Formed in 1854 following the Great Famine and a desire to improve agriculture, the Society was originally to embrace the counties of Down, Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan.

It was hoped that by holding agricultural Shows and giving agricultural instruction to local producers, more efficient practices could be adopted.

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The Society's Work

The 156th Balmoral Show will take place from Wednesday 14th May to Saturday 17th May 2025 at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn.

The sixth Royal Ulster Premier Beef & Lamb Championships took place on Tuesday 21st November 2023 at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn.

The 37th Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with sole sponsor Danske Bank took place on Thursday 14th December 2023 at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn.

The Eikon Exhibition Centre is Northern Ireland’s largest events campus.

Owned by the RUAS, this centre is conveniently located beside the main arterial routes to Belfast and Dublin and has a diverse range of facilities on offer.

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