The Royal Lancashire Show (RLS) is an agricultural show which takes place every year at different locations throughout the historical county boundaries of Lancashire in North England. The show is organised by the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society (RLAS) and is one of Britain's oldest agricultural shows, first taking place in 1767.
1767: Start of the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society.
1954: From this year the show was at Stanley Park, Blackpool for many years.
1972: Blackpool Zoo opened, taking up a large part of Stanley Park. The show had to move. The Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show bought land at Ribby Hall, Wrea Green.
1979: Shortage of money forced the society to cease all activities for some years.
Later: At various sites in Lancashire, including Witton Park, Blackburn.
Later: for many years at Astley Park in Lancashire.
2003 to 2007: On land at Salesbury Hall Farm near Ribchester.
2006: Hot dry weather gave the show a great turn out.
2007: Weeks of heavy rain waterlogged the ground and forced cancellation.
2008: Planned to be at Myerscough near Preston, Lancashire, Friday 18th to Sunday 20 July; heavy rain on 16 July night turned the ground into a mudbath and forced the show organisers to keep the public out on 18 July, but the animal classes on 18 July were judged. Further rain forced cancellation for 19 and 20 July.
2009: No show this year. The Society abandoned the Myerscough site, as it waterlogged easily in wet weather.
2012: Held in May in Witton Park, Blackburn.
2015: Held on 7–9 August in good weather at Salesbury Hall near Ribchester.
2016: Bad weather didn't stop the show from happening at Witton Park.
2017 - We will be at Salesbury Hall, Ribchester and we hope to see you here!
The RLAS has its origins in the Manchester Agricultural Society, founded in 1767 This society amalgamated with that from Liverpool (instituted 1830) in 1847, to become the Manchester and Liverpool Agricultural Society. A further amalgamation in 1874, with the Royal North Lancashire Agricultural Society (formed 1847), brought about another change of name in April 1875, to the Royal Manchester, Liverpool and North Lancashire Agricultural Society. The organisation was reconstituted in 1893 as the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society.
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