It’s Showtime!

Yes, it’s that time of year again in Adelaide.  Time for fairy floss, rides, sideshows, animals and goodies bags at the Royal Adelaide Show.  From humble beginnings, the show started way back in December 1840 and has grown in size each year.

Show LogoEach year many people, young and old, look forward to attending the Royal Adelaide Show for a fun day out.  Yet it can also be an expensive day out.  Once you buy tickets, a couple of rides, have lunch and then buy those goodies bags – before you know it you need to take out another mortgage on the house.

So how do you save money and still have a great day out at the show? There are four steps to use.


Show 4What you want to see, do, eat, experience and travel mode.  A couple of weeks before the show starts, a show guide is published in the newspapers and online. It provides prices and information on those most sought after show bags, rides and exhibits.

Parking in and around the show grounds is expensive, so the recommended option is to catch public transport.  If you catch the train, a bonus is that you can even buy your entry ticket at the train station.

Show tickets can also be purchased through Ticketek cheaper than at the gate.

Pack your Lunch

Meals inside entertainment venues are generally overpriced, fried and unhealthy. Save your money – and health – by packing your own lunch.  You save money on ingredients because they would be items you would normally buy in the weekly shopping.

show 7Rides and Showbags

This is where the expenses really can add up.  There are so many choices inside the show grounds, but because you have done some pre-planning you know exactly what you want to do and what it will cost.

show 3Exhibition Halls

Check the newspaper daily for a list of events scheduled on each day.  There is something for everyone of all ages. From pig racing, baby animals, V8 Ute shows to food and wine tastings.  Many of these have free entry and will keep everyone entertained.

Show 1

It is easy to have a fun-filled day out at the show and keep within the budget limit you set.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to keep everyone happy at the show.  The show is about spending time together with family and friends rather than buying lots of items that you may never use again.

All pictures courtesy of the wonderful Google Clip art gGalery

One Reply to “It’s Showtime!”

  1. Ah, it’s been awhile since I’ve been to a good carnival! Enjoy.

    By the way, you’ve been chosen as one of today’s nine blogs in That’s So Jacob’s Ninth Month Blog Challenge (! I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!


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