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Sydney Showground offers a Pop-Up Christmas Carnival

4 Jul 2017

The Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, home of the Sydney Royal Easter Show is taking the drama out of organising your company Christmas party by offering a Pop-Up Christmas Carnival. Here is your chance to relax and unwind with staff and their families at an iconic venue. With the ability to cater for parties of up to 2000 people, the Sydney Showground can offer your company a christmas experience your staff and their families will talk about for years to come. On offer are some of the very same much loved attractions you see featured at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year, including the Big Slide, the Wave Swinger, Free Fall, Kite Flyer, Hot Wheels Car Ride and the Cup and Saucer Ride. Sydney Showground General Manager Peter Thorpe says the Pop-Up Christmas Carnival concept has emerged from companies stating they wanted a 'ready to go' concept at Christmas. "What better way to see out the year than in the carnival atmosphere the Sydney Showground is famous for," Mr Thorpe said. "Sydney Olympic Park is easy to access and the Sydney Showground provides open spaces for everyone to enjoy." "We can even ensure a visit from Santa," he said. Sydney Showground can tailor day or night christmas party packages to meet your company’s needs, beginning at just $80 per person. Anyone interested in staging their company Christmas Party at the Sydney Showground from December 1 to December 10, 2017 is encouraged to contact our team via; or on 02 9704 1111. Further information and interview requests please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t 02 9704 1453 e Read more

AgVision Sydney to help address National agri-skills crisis

26 Jun 2017

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has partnered with the Department of Education and Junee High School to bring AgVision to Sydney Showground on 27 July 2017. AgVision is an agri-careers exhibition that will provide secondary school pupils (Years 9 -11) with a unique chance to learn about the industry, while gaining a greater understanding of the wide-ranging careers available in agriculture, science and agri-business. AgVision forms part of a national response to Australia's agri-skills crisis and is designed to encourage and inspire young people to become the future of agriculture in Australia. "AgVision Sydney will provide a platform for developing a greater connection between students and the agribusiness sector, where they can experience first-hand what it's like to work in an industry trade or service" said Murray Wilton, General Manager, Agriculture at the RAS. "For many teenagers, the first taste of agriculture is a visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. "What we want is to turn that spark of interest into a career in the agriculture industry.  Agriculture accounts for more than $12b in production value for the NSW economy each year, 25% of the entire Australian output. During AgVision Sydney, students will participate in five hands-on learning experiences from a selection of 50 workshops. "These will be run by industry professionals from all over NSW," Mr Wilton said. "The RAS is proud to be part of this excellent initiative with the Department of Education and Junee High School," said Mr Wilton. The workshops will profile a range of careers, including technology, research and development, primary production, secondary production, processing, logistics, transport, handling, marketing of products, commodities and services. AgVision Sydney: The Details WHEN: Thursday 27 July 2017 WHERE: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park TIME: 8.30am – 2.30pm WHO: Students Years 9-11 ADMISSION: $15 per student REGISTRATION: Open to schools and students on Monday 29 May - Closes Friday 21 July 2015. For further information, contact Georgia Clark: or phone 02 9704 1147 MEDIA: For further information and interview requests, please contact: Roger White, Manager, Public Relations p  02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e Read more

Sydney Showground named Nation’s best in Banqueting & Catering at Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Industry Awards

4 May 2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Sydney Showground is known for big experiences and now 'big wins' taking out top honours in the Banqueting & Catering category at the Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Industry Awards last night. Peter Thorpe, General Manager Sydney Showground, said the award highlights the ongoing success and diversity of the venue which delivered some 294 events in 2016 through a vast array of gala dinners, conferences, exhibitions, sporting events inside Spotless Stadium "Our Chefs, Catering, Event and Operations teams are exceptionally passionate about the produce they select, highly skilled with the menus they design, and unbelievably talented at ensuring results, time after time, at every event we host," Thorpe said. "We have the greatest team of people, delivering the finest catering using the 'best of the best' from our Sydney Royal Award winners, to deliver unsurpassed event experiences for our customers," he said. Hosting 1.7 million visitors annually, Sydney Showground's award-winning venue team prides itself on welcoming guests including 930,000 visitors at the recent Sydney Royal Easter Show. The MEA Industry Awards recognise best business practice and excellence in the Meetings & Events Industry. Applicants are judged on their capacity to plan and manage resources, activities, ability to deal with extraordinary challenges, financial performance and their impact on the Meetings & Events Industry. The major event venue was also named national winner of the stand-alone MEA Corporate Social Responsibility Award acknowledging its contribution to Australian agriculture. "Sydney Showground supports the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW's mission by helping to contribute almost $7 million annually in programs designed to assist rural communities and promote agricultural excellence," Thorpe said. Last night's achievements amplify 12 months of victories across a number of major industry awards. Sydney Showground Honour Roll 2016 Winner 'Corporate Social Responsibility' MEA National Award 2016 Winner 'Banqueting & Catering' MEA National Award 2016 Winner 'Banqueting & Catering' MEA State Final 2016 Winner 'Best Achievement in Venue Management' Australian Event Awards 2015 & 2016 Voted by fans as 'Best AFL Venue for Fan Experience' 2015 Winner 'Best Venue Team' EEAA Awards Sydney Showground Fast Facts All revenue is invested directly back into supporting agriculture and rural communities in NSW (Sydney Showground is part of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW) Located in the geographic heart of Sydney with almost half of the city's population living within 30 minutes of Sydney Showground Offers more than 20 separate and highly flexible venues across the 30-hectare site The 22,000-seat boutique Spotless Stadium is home to the GWS GIANTS, Sydney Thunder and the Wanderers Has the largest air-conditioned and column-free space in Sydney totalling 29,300m 2 across six primary exhibition halls Offers bespoke catering options from exhibitions and dinners for 100 guests to ground- breaking events for 10,000 people Constant investment in the venue has seen Spotless Stadium redeveloped, new exhibition halls built, significant Wi-Fi upgrades and installation of digital signage among other key initiatives Fu rther information, images and interview requests please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations T: (02) 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: Alison Dance Communications Coordinator T: (02) 9704 1041 E: Read more

The last 14 day Sydney Royal Easter Show attracts best crowds in more than a decade

21 Apr 2017

20 April, 2017 The final numbers have come in and have confirmed that the attendance at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show was the highest since 2004. The official final attendance at this year’s Show was 922,827. Before the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show began, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW had a budgeted forecast of 850,000 showgoers. Prior to this the previous highest attendance was the 964,000 figure in 2004. Last year saw 753,375 people entered the gates of the Sydney Showground. The biggest daily attendances in 2017 were Good Friday 119,949 and Easter Monday 112,554. Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Chief Executive Brock Gilmour says a number of factors combined to make the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show memorable; “We had the perfect combination of the Easter long weekend, the school holidays and beautiful weather,” Mr Gilmour said. “On top of that the RAS team worked extremely hard to bring a fresh feel to this year’s Show, a concentration on our heritage, our agricultural roots and our daily entertainment”. “We have received so much positive feedback from families who have said they loved the feel of this year’s Royal Easter Show and that they will definitely be coming back next year. “We went out of our way to present a product that was value for money - up to 12 hours of free entertainment, loose change food options and free activities for the kids such as the brand new simulated farm ‘little hands on the land’ - our visitors appreciated it and have commented very positively,” Mr Gilmour said. 2017 will the last 14 day Sydney Royal Easter Show, with the decision taken to return to its traditional 12 days in 2018. The Sydney Royal Easter Show was extended to 16 days when it relocated to Sydney Olympic Park from Moore Park in 1998, then was reduced to a 14 day show after the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Traditionally the Royal Easter Show’s 195 year history saw it as 12 days in duration. One of the key reasons for the change is the desire to place less burden on exhibitors, many of whom spend up to a month away from their families and farms in the lead-up to and during each Show. Next year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show will be held from Friday, March 23 until Tuesday, April 3. Ends Read more

Record-baking at 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show

16 Apr 2017

It has been a “scone-a-thon” for The Country Women’s Association Tea Room which is on target to smash the Sydney Royal Easter Show scone sale record with more than 50,000 scones expected to be sold. Read more


9 Apr 2017

Five motivated rural leaders are a step closer to achieving their goals of advancing their local communities thanks to a share in $96,000 from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RAS Foundation) Community Futures Grant Program. Read more

Sydney Showground Wins Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) – State Banqueting & Catering Award

16 Mar 2017

Thursday 16 March, 2017 Read more

Spotless Stadium voted #1 AFL experience venue

3 Dec 2016

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