THE ROYAL BATH AND WEST SOCIETY
REGENERATION & DEVELOPMENT
The Royal Bath & West of England Society was set up in 1777 for the encouragement and improvement of agriculture, manufacture, commerce and rural crafts. Known for hosting the prestigious Royal Bath & West Show the charitable objectives remain the same as they were some 240 years ago.
Situated within beautiful rolling Somerset countryside, yet within easy reach of Bristol, Bath, the A303/M3 and the M5 motorway, the Royal Bath & West Showground occupies a strategic location off the main A37 trunk road. Castle Cary station is approximately 4 miles from the site, offering direct mainline services to London Paddington, and with a fastest journey time of just over 90 minutes.
The Society has embarked on a regeneration and development programme for The Showground to provide commercial investment opportunities for both local and inward investing businesses.
The Society was founded in 1777 with the aims of encouraging agriculture, arts, manufacture and commerce
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT ORDER
Working with their development partner Red Kite Securities Ltd, the Society has agreed a long-term master-plan for the Showground with Mendip District Council some of which includes a Local Development Order that fast tracks planning determination.
Furthermore, DEFRA has awarded the site Food Enterprise Zone status to attract investment from the food & drink sector.
RURAL ENTERPRISE CENTRE
For its part, the Society is refurbishing old offices to create a Rural Enterprise Centre that will provide rental office space, 80-person conferencing and corporate hospitality facilities and space for small businesses from either the food & drink sector or those looking to improve rural skills to explore innovative ways of working in an environment shared with like-minded people.
CONFERENCE AND DINING FACILITY
The Society is keen to use the capital receipts to improve the infrastructure of the showground, create a conferencing and dining facility for 700 people and provide financial stability for the Society and its famous Show for generations to come.