Royal Highland Show,
Thu 22 – Sun 25 Jun 2017, Royal Highland Centre.
The Royal Highland Show is a celebration of food, farming and rural life. The first show was held in 1822 in Edinburgh’s Canongate and it moved location every year until 1960, when it settled at Ingliston Showground and Exhibition Centre near Edinburgh Airport. Today it is Scotland’s largest outdoor event, attracting around 180,000 visitors over 4 days. The trade show gives farmers a chance to look at the industry’s latest developments, but it’s also a great day out for all the family.
The event showcases thousands of livestock – cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and more. There are hundreds of different breeds on display. The best of the best are there as large cash prizes are up for grabs for the winning exhibitors. The equestrian events are a highlight with private driving, harness and grooming, heavy horse turnouts and top class show-jumping. The International Sheep-shearing Competition is another favourite amongst spectators.
The show has the largest display of agricultural machinery in the UK. The exhibition space also has huge areas dedicated to specialist shopping and fresh, local food and drink, with hundreds of stands to visit.
Live music is played by around 50 different bands and musical groups throughout the event. Other live entertainment includes cookery demonstrations, expert talks and interactive sessions.
Children aged 15 and under go free and there’s all sorts to keep them happy. As well as getting up close to the animals, there’s a full programme of activities for kids in the Children’s Discovery Centre and at various other areas within the showground.
Tickets are on sale now. For entry prices and visitor information, visit the Royal Highland Show website.