THE Christmas lights in Builth Wells have been brightening up the town since being switched on last week, and will continue to do so thanks to organisers of the Winter Fair.

As in recent years, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) has made a donation to Builth Wells Town Council towards the Christmas lights, continuing the close relationship between the two organisations and the local community.

Each year, the main town centre street in Builth is lit up with a wonderful display of lights, which are put up around the same time as the Winter Fair, typically held at the end of November, comes to town.

The colourful display provides a warm, festive welcome to the thousands of Winter Fair visitors and the many people who live, work and pass through the town during the run-up to Christmas.


As a mark of appreciation, the RWAS is delighted to contribute £350 to the town council to help towards the cost of maintaining, erecting and purchasing new lights.

RWAS chief executive Aled Rhys Jones met up with Builth mayor Mark Hammond at the 2023 Winter Fair to officially present the cheque.

“Once again, I am delighted that can we support the town council with the Christmas lights in Builth,” said Mr Rhys Jones.

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“They add a splash of colour and festive cheer which is really appreciated by our Winter Fair and showground visitors.”

Councillor Hammond said: “Builth Wells has had close ties to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society since it moved to its permanent home in Llanelwedd back in 1963, but even more so since it also began holding its Winter Fair in 1990.

“The donation from the society is not only welcomed, as it goes towards the maintenance of the lights, but is also a sign of an important partnership that goes towards helping local economies and ensuring that the heritage and culture of the town and rural communities are celebrated and kept relevant in the challenging times we currently live in.”