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The Royal Agricultural Society of Natal

The Royal Agricultural Society of Natal

Showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, South Africa

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About The Society is an organisation ‘not for gain’ committed to serving the interests of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry in the Province of KZN. The Royal Showground facilities can be hired throughtout the year for functions and events
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Mission We aspire to facilitate interaction, education and trade through the medium of exhibitions and shows.

In furthering this objective and fully appreciating that financial viability and the optimal utilisation of resources cannot be compromised, we are ever mindful of:

• our partnership with the city and region of Pietermaritzburg-
Msunduzi and the province of KwaZulu-Natal;
• our social responsibility to the wider community; and
• our heritage and traditions.

In fulfilling this mission we subscribe to the principles of ‘fair play’, transparency and openness in all our dealings.
Description The Royal Showgrounds are approximately 18 hectares in size and are utilised throughout the year for functions ranging from private exhibitions, conferences, weddings and product launches through to equestrian and international sporting events, community gatherings and concerts. In short, if you can imagine an event, the Royal Showgrounds probably has a facility to cater for it.

In recent times the Royal plays host to over 160 000 visitors per annum (outside of Show periods) placing it in the top 5 of South Africa’s largest conference and function venues.

By virtue of the Society’s location; only two kilometres from the N3, 45 minutes from Greater Durban, one kilometre from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall and eight kilometres from Oribi airport (which handles six flights a day from Johannesburg), the Showgrounds affords unparalleled convenience.

Certain of the indoor facilities, several of which incorporate kitchens, can cater for numbers in excess of 1000, with the Olympia Hall in the epicentre of the Showgrounds capable of seating over 2500 guests ‘theatre-style’. This makes it the largest facility of its kind in the KZN Midlands and certainly one of the larger venues in the country.

The Olympia Hall has also been utilised on four occasions for the official opening of the KwaZulu-Natal parliamentary session, as well as for gala banquets attended by amongst others, the President, members of the Cabinet and foreign dignitaries.

At the opposite end of the spectrum there are three tastefully furnished smaller meeting (or break-away) rooms for up to 40 delegates, all of which incorporate their own reception areas, kitchen and ablution facilities. The versatility of the Society’s many indoor facilities is aptly illustrated by the variety of functions catered for. In one sense a hall can exude an almost utilitarian warehouse type appearance, and within a few hours and a touch of artistry, be transformed into a sophisticated banqueting venue.

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Founded 1851
Products The Royal Show; The Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure Show; Conference, Function and Event Venue.

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