The show that amused Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria wasn’t easily pleased, but one thing that did tickle her fancy was our County Show – or Agricultural Show as it was known back then. She was a regular visitor, exhibited sheep here from her Osborne estate, donated silver cups that are still in use, and became our show’s first patron in 1882. The Queen also gave us our Royal title – making us one of only seven in the country with Royal patronage. We’re now very proud to be The Royal Isle of Wight County Show.
Queen Victoria wrote in her journals about the Island’s Agricultural Show on Tuesday 23rd July 1889:
“The prize beasts were brought round for me to inspect, & after that we saw the horses jumping.”
The first Show was held in 1833 and 186 years later, it’s still an important part of Island life. Volunteers from the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society organise the event, and you can find out more about this non profit making organisation below.
Over the past two centuries, this hasn’t always been an annual occasion, but that’s changing. Thanks to our sponsors and visitors, and lots of hard work from our volunteers, we are delighted to make this show something that we can all look forward to every summer. Plus the great news is that any money we make is used to support young people on the Island who want to learn agricultural skills. You can find out more about our Rural Careers Fund here.
If you would like to get involved in organising the next show, then please get in touch.
Enjoy your day!
The organisers of the show:
The show is planned and organised by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society. This is a member led registered charity that works to: