Nanny Pat’s days out: the Truro Fat Stock Show

Picture of guests and sheep at Truro Fatstock Show in Cornwall.

The Truro Christmas Primestock Show (also known as the Fat Stock Show) comes but once a year. It’s been running for well over a hundred years and is a celebration of livestock and produce in the heart of the city.


The show was initially held in City Hall (now Hall for Cornwall), but had to move out to the Livestock Centre on the outskirts of the town in 1985 due to safety regulations and the proposals to transform City Hall into a performance venue.

But in 2002, the show’s centenary year, it made a welcome return to the centre, this time in a marquee in Lemon Quay. As the centenary show was such a success, it started a new, if slightly unusual tradition.

The show’s one of the highlights of Truro’s events calendar, drawing locals and visitors alike. In the early days, it was dubbed ‘The day the country comes to town’, and that’s just as true now as it was then.

Nanny Pat and Megan went along to the show to find out what it’s all about.


From prize-winning sheep to impressive looking cattle, there was plenty to see. As the judges deliberated over the decisions, the tension mounted. Which animal would win the coveted first prize?

And it wasn’t just animals up for awards – there were plenty fine looking of vegetables on show too (we’re not sure Megan was as impressed with the sprouts though!)

For details of all of Truro’s upcoming events see the Enjoy Truro website.

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