[Talk-GB] Showgrounds (tagging)

SK53 sk53.osm at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 19:54:56 UTC 2019

I just came across <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/161362655> an
agricultural showground tagged as leisure=park and realised I didn't know
what a sensible way to retag it would be. Although there are a limited
number in the UK (perhaps 100 or so) they do tend to be quite prominent and
when major events take place at them (e.g., Scout Jamborees, National
Eisteddfod) good tagging can be useful. I recall Richard Bullock mapping
the Royal Cheshire quite a few years ago as it helped parents pick up their
children after the scout Jamboree.

Various (inconsistent) approaches have been used:

* Newark <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/178396540> & Norfolk
<https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/40942963> mapped as tourism=attraction
* Rutland <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/547075306> as
leisure=recreation_ground (there are certainly sports pitches here out of
* Royal Cheshire <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/67375462> as
amenity=showground with landuse=grass.

It strikes me that how grounds are a special type of events venue and
perhaps rather than using amenity=showground it may be better to use
amenity=events_venue with a subtag events_venue=showground. leisure &
tourism tags may still be applicable, and landuse=grass can still be (mis-)
used to show the area (see Newark & Royal Cheshire). Alternatives might be
amenity=exhibition_centre, but this seems more for places like the NEC. The
current wiki description circumscribes events venues fairly closely, so
this would be an extension in meaning.

I don't think anything in the UK (or Europe) is quite on the scale of
the Minnesota
State Fair <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/39662664> which certainly
merits tourism=attraction.



Any thoughts,

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