Held at Usk Showground on Saturday September 8, Usk Show has an excellent reputation as a local agricultural show, however, there is so much more to see than just livestock and plenty for children of all ages to enjoy.

At the Junkfish tent, children can have a go at brilliant free make-and-take crafts, get involved in a spot of painting or play with their Giant Junk Ball Run or their Circus Toys – all for free.

In the Steam Corner they can take a ride on the miniature railways and see all the scale models built by enthusiasts on display. In the Livestock Area they can see cattle, sheep, pigs and goats of all breeds, shapes and sizes and watch the competitions.

The Horse Area has in-hand and ridden showing classes, plus dressage and showjumping for them to admire. There are rabbits from the South Wales Rabbit Club, and the Poultry Tent will be filled with chickens, ducks and geese.

This is an excellent opportunity to see all of these creatures up close. Our Countryside Ring is busy from 10:30am with falconry, gun dogs, working horses, Bassett hounds, alpacas, vintage tractors and a fabulous Dog &
Duck display from The Runner Pack, all of which the children can get involved with.

In the Main Ring during the afternoon children can meet the hounds from the Curre and Llangibby Hunt, as well as cheer on their favourites in the Pony Club Mounted Games. The main attraction this year is the spectacular Cavalry of Heroes Medieval Jousting display, performing at 1.30pm and 4.45pm.

Choose your favourite knight to support. Later on you can see the Livestock Grand Parade, as well as the popular Rugby 7s tournament and, weather permitting, hot air balloons taking off from the main ring to end the day. 

For children that want to take part in competitions, there are Young Handler classes for sheep, cattle and pigs open to Usk Farmers’ Club family members.

For young equestrians there are Lead Rein and First Ridden classes in the M&M and BSPS sections, Mini Showjumping and even a fancy dress class for riders under 16!

The enter-on-the-day Companion Dog Show also has a Fancy Dress class as well as a Best Young Handler competition.

If they are budding Monty Dons there are under-12s flower and vegetable competitions in the Horticulture section, and in Homecraft there is a whole Junior Section with classes for children of all ages up to 16 in cooking, art, crafts and photography, which make a spectacular display of the children’s work.

For details on these and all our competitions, please see our schedules available from the show office, local outlets or to download from the website, uskshow.co.uk

To help you enjoy your day as a family, there are lots of picnic benches all around the showground, so you can bring a picnic or buy food from on-site catering outlets to enjoy, including trying the exotic delights in the new Street Food Market for 2018.

There are also two Mother & Baby Tents, plenty of toilets and ample free parking. E-tickets for adults and juniors (aged 12 to 16) are now available from the website.