From 4 to 30 July a photographic exhibition depicting 100 years of the Gower Show will be on display at Swansea’s Civic Centre. Pop down and see for yourself how the show has changed over the years,
The first Gower Show was held on the 20th September 1906 in the grounds of Penrice Castle by kind permission of Miss Emily Talbot. There were 480 entries, and the show was hailed as a great success. It then alternated between Penrice and Kilvrough Home Farm. No shows were held during the First World War and the 1919 Show at Kilvrough was described as Gower’s Peace Show. The 1925 show was the last to be held at Kilvrough, from this date the show was held annually at Penrice. In the early days there were few lorries in Gower, and on Show Day small groups of men and animals would be seen walking towards the showground from all the Gower villages.
The Gower Show was the highlight of the year for many Gower families – the day before would be spent preparing the animals, the children would pick wild flowers for their competition and the mothers would prepare food for the next day. On the day of the show there was a holiday atmosphere with old friends to meet and great celebrations if prices had been won. The show continued until 1939 and the resumed in 1946 at the end of the Second World War. The show continued at Penrice until 1987 when it moved to Fairwood – which lacked the rural feel of a country show and the people of Gower were delighted when in 2002 the Show came back home to Penrice. The well attended centennial show was held on a beautiful day in August 2005.