Show sections


The Livestock Section is the big attraction of this popular Christmas Show and Cattle and Sheep exhibitors travel the length and breadth of Cornwall, and often from over the Tamar in West Devon, to show off their excellent quality stock. Each year the Show is full to the marquee’s capacity with about 30 tethered cattle and 50 lambs with judging taking place throughout the morning. The judges have always remarked on the outstanding quality of the stock on show.

The Truro Show is unique in the county in that it is the only Christmas Primestock Show to auction its show animals. At 2.30pm the Show Ring is packed with buyers and spectators for the grand auction of cattle and sheep which is conducted each year by Truro Livestock Auctioneers Lodge & Thomas. Most of the stock is purchased by local butchers and abattoirs ensuring that their customers are guaranteed some of the county’s finest beef and lamb for Christmas.

Farm produce

Farm Produce classes have always been a feature of the Truro Primestock Show with classes for Commercially Grown Vegetables, Hay & Silage, Grain and Roots. In more recent years a class for Supermarket Face Packs of 8 Cauliflower has been introduced and has proved popular with exhibitors.

Townspeople and members of the general public are always amazed at the size of the Flatpoll Cabbages and for many it is the first time they have seen Mangolds!

Young handlers

The Truro Primestock Show places great importance on encouraging our young people and each year we hold classes for Young Farmers’ Clubs and Young Handlers. During the day there are Points Judging and Beef Stock Judging Classes for members of the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

There has traditionally been a Young Handlers Competition where young people from our local farms show off their skills at handling beef and dairy calves. Unfortunately since 2015, we have temporarily stopped this competition due to the challenges faced by exhibitors in bringing individual calves to the show, in respect of TB restrictions.

Domestic Classes

The Truro Christmas & Produce Show would not be complete without its wonderful Domestic Section with tables and display stands adorned with floral art, handicraft, woodturning, cookery, honey and preserves, photography, eggs, fruit, vegetables and childrens’ handicraft. This section of the Show is always a great crowd puller especially now that the show has returned to the City Centre. Judging takes place at 9 am and the exhibits are open to the public as soon as judging has been completed. Remember – entrance to the Show is FREE.

Christmas Craft Fair

Each year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday following the Show, the Primestock Society organises a Craft & Food Fair in the Show Marquee, and even visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. This is an extremely popular event immediately following on from the Primestock Show and is perfectly timed for buying your Christmas gifts.

There are usually about 30 Craft Stands offering a wide range of goods including:

  • Giftware, jewellery and greetings cards
  • Ceramics, woodturning and blacksmithing Leather goods, kitchen textiles and childrens’ clothing
  • Stained glass, candles, soaps etc Skincare, health and beauty products
  • Paintings, prints and photography
  • Cornish Food Hampers, confectionary, bakery and lots more!

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Due to the ongoing government Covid 19 restrictions the AGM will take place via a Zoom video conference meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021. Please contact the secretary for a link. ... See MoreSee Less

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What a unique day in the 118 years of the Society. Thank you to our supporters who made today's exhibition such a success, and to Robert Hawke and James Kittow for judging. Particular thanks must go to Lodge and Thomas for hosting us this year. Results will soon be on the website. Let's all stay safe and well. See you in the marquee on Lemon Quay on 1st December 2021. Merry Christmas from us all. ... See MoreSee Less

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Competitors wishing to enter this year's cattle, sheep and sheep carcass classes are reminded that entries close on 18th November. We look forward to hosting a full show on Lemon Quay next year. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Committee have taken the difficult decision not to have our usual annual show on Lemon Quay this year. Instead, of the show, the Society will pursue a prime stock sale at Truro Market on Wednesday 2nd December by kind permission of Lodge and Thomas. In making this decision, the Committee feel it is important for it to try and support the local Christmas prime stock trade.

It is intended that there would be a limited number of classes, restricted to only Cornish entries. Cattle will be judged in the pens but not shown. We intend to have sheep classes on the same basis too. The sale obviously depends on exhibitors being willing to bring their stock forward, and circumstances permitting the sale to take place. Obviously there will be no domestic sections or produce sections. We will write to past livestock exhibitors shortly with more information and to gauge levels of interest. The sale will be a closed event with no public participation but we will aim to record it for the web site, together with the judges' explanation.

Separately to the sale at the market, the Committee will continue to work with the City Council, Cornwall Council and the BID to explore the possibility of an exhibition and/or craft fair on Lemon Quay, and we will provide more information as soon as we can.

We will hold a mini AGM via zoom on 10th Sept at 7pm, to replace our normal AGM which was postponed in April. If you wish to comment or take part please email
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