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Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show – Review 2021

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show is the show we couldn’t have, in a mini size.

When this year’s Royal Adelaide Show was cancelled again, Nova’s Ben & Liam had one of their bright ideas.  What if Nova organised a COVID-FRIENDLY version of the Royal Show and invited all of Adelaide’s families along? Introducing Nova’s (Not) the Royal Show at Bonython Park on until Sunday 17 October 2021.

It’s got all the rides, sideshow games, showbags, Dagwood Dogs, Curly/Twisted Chips, Slushies and fairy floss to give you your fun fix. Here’s a look around from when we went.

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show

See the post below for some sneak peek videos:


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Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show


Entry is $3 per person (plus 74c booking fee). Each session has a limited number of tickets so book online before going.



Rides are the usual show pricing. Kids rides are $6, $8 or $10; big rides are $10 or $12, and up to $20 for a No Limits ride. Dodgems are $10 per car. See full list of ride pricing HERE

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show


Food options include Dagwood Dogs, Curly/Twisted Chips, Slushies and fairy floss. Plus, we spotted the Moroccan Moorish Bites, Route 66, and Taste of Paradise with vegan, gluten & dairy free, Acai bowls and more. You are also able to take your own food.

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show


There are tables and chairs at a few spots around the place with umbrellas, plus the large Nova tent chill zone. There’s grassy areas to sit too. In the late afternoon there was shade over some areas but early on and midday, you would need to protect yourself from the sun on a warm day with hats and sunscreen.

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show

Paw Patrol characters:

We didn’t spot the Paw Patrol characters to take a pic, but they are roaming during the two day sessions.

There are 3 sessions per day:

  • 10am – 1pm
  • 2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • 7pm – 10pm

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show


Fireworks are at 9:30pm daily, only for the 7-10pm session (weather permitting).

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show


Masks are necessary for everyone 12 years and over. You must check in using QR code or manually. Of course, don’t attend if you are sick.

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show


Car parking is $8.50 (there are 2 car parks on either side) and there are also some parks near the Bonython playground which is always a great stop while you are in the area. Cafe Bonython is right beside the playground too for coffee and cute shakes and snacks.

Nova’s (Not)The Royal Show

The Show is on until Sunday 10 October 2021 – READ MORE HERE


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Nova 919 website.

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

As per all our Play & Go reviews, this is not a sponsored post and our review is done completely independently. 

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