The Royal Highland Show, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2015, is without question one of the UK's premier agricultural shows. A unique and iconic event, it showcases the very best of food, farming and rural life, attracting top quality pedigree livestock and horses from across the UK. Each year nearly 2,000 exhibitors congregate on the outskirts of Scotland’s capital city, bringing with them well over 5,000 individual animals. The Royal Highland Show is seen as a must-attend event for pedigree breeders who wish to showcase their stock. Competition is intense; winning a rosette is to be savoured, becoming a champion is something of which dreams are made - whilst Inter Breed Championships are the reward of a lifetime. The Show is fortunate to have been awarded a large number of qualifying classes for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show; these qualifiers act as a magnet for many of the top names in the equine showing world. In addition to the showing classes, we have competitions across a number of skills and disciplines. Our 16 Show Jumping classes are real crowd pleasers, with many of the top British Show jumpers vying for the generous cash prizes on offer. Allied to equestrian competitions we celebrate the skills of our Farriers, in the Show’s own Forge. The precision of creating and fitting a finely honed shoe from a bar of metal never ceases to amaze onlookers. This year we are hosting the British National Farriery Championships drawing the top farriers and apprentices from all across. On the edible side we run competitions for Cheese, Butter and Ice Cream and for Honey. The Dairy Produce section attracts entries from small artisan producers as well as the large creameries. Awards in this section fall into Gold Silver and Bronze categories and are decided on by a select panel of experienced judges. Within the Honey Marquee there is a significant educational element which is always a great draw for our many school groups. There are honey tastings in the marquee, but these do not include the entries in our honey cocktail class - some of which are distinctly alcoholic! Another hugely popular site for visitors is the Poultry tent where fanciers bring a wide variety of fowl, some in glorious plumage, some in plainer attire, to compete across 115 classes which also include a variety of classes for the array of eggs entered each year, too.
The Business of Trade The annual economic impact of The Royal Highland Show is more than £47 million and is an important business platform This section is designed to facilitate 'doing business' at the show Making Connections Looking to source new suppliers, buy new machinery or network key individuals and businesses in the agri business sectors? Then our show directory has all the information you need from key contacts to their location within the showground. This can be purchased at the Show. See our Trade Exhibitor Directory to be directed to a full listing of exhibitors from 2015’s show. Doing Business We appreciate that some business discussions are best taking place in private rather than on a busy stand. To facilitate this, we will create a dedicated business space with private meeting rooms, free Internet connection and reception staff. To book please contact us. Looking to impress? Why not become a RHASS member and entertain your guest in the exclusive Member's Area with private bar, silver service restaurant and balcony overlooking the Main Ring. Contact 0131 335 6200 for details.
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Bus, plane, car, coach.. We want you to enjoy The Royal Highland Show experience from start to finish. So let’s start by getting you there! For information on how to get to The Royal Highland Centre by public transport - from anywhere in Scotland - please see: http://www.travelinescotland.com or from elsewhere in UK or from abroad: http://www.goeuro.co.uk/to_edinburgh From Edinburgh A frequent dedicated Service 98 to the Show from central Edinburgh is run by Lothian Buses for the duration of the event. Buses will depart from the North side of St Andrews Square in central Edinburgh, then pick up at Shandwick Place (stop SD), Haymarket Station (stop HH) then all service 31 stops en-route to the Showground. Download No 98 dedicated bus timetable From the West and Glasgow Service buses operated by FirstGroup, CityLink and others, will stop outside our South Entrance on the A8. Try the Traveline Scotland journey planner for times inserting Royal Highland Centre as the destination. For local service buses contact FirstBus Edinburgh on 087120 02233 or online. For Glasgow 900 and Citylinkair (Edinburgh Airport) service with Scottish Citylink for details of direct services visit Citylink Timetable or call 0871 266 3333 To return on the Citylinkair, board the bus at the stop outside the South Entrance to the Showground, (same stop for arrivals) to take it to the Airport from where it will start the return. From the North, Inverkeithing mainline train station, Halbeath or Ferrytoll park & ride Stagecoach Jet747 bus service from Fife to Edinburgh Airport passes by the showground with scheduled journey time of just 25 minutes. Alight at the bus stop by Ingliston Road/ South Entrance which allows the quickest access to the Show. Return can be from the same bus stop as it circles by the airport before returning to Ferrytoll Park and Ride, Inverkeithing Rail Station and Halbeath P&R. By Car & Parking Directions to the Show are given on AA signs on all major approaches. Parking costs £8 per day payable by cash or enter by prepaid e-ticket. Drivers should not use SatNav on the approaches to the Royal Highland Show but follow the AA signs to the RHS Please be aware that due to the high volume of traffic, there may be some delays. Disabled Car Parking is only for those displaying a regulatory Blue Disabled Badge on approaches to the showground. As the West Car Park starts to fill, a shuttle service takes show visitors up to/from the West Entrance. By Plane Over 150 flights connect Edinburgh to the rest of the UK and Europe each day and with the Showground just a ten-minute walk from the airport – flying is indeed a quick and convenient way to visit the show. Log on to Departure Airports for Edinburgh. Flights from europe and many UK airports such as Bristol, Cardiff, London, Southampton. By Train The nearest train stations are Edinburgh Park, South Gyle, Edinburgh Haymarket, or Waverley Station. Please use journey planner for times and pick up points for connections to the Showground. The dedicated bus service No 98 (see details at top) stops at Edinburgh Haymarket enroute to the Showground. We are unable to recommend the tram as a means of travel to the Show. The nearest tram stop is at the far side of Ingliston Park and Ride, is a good 15 minutes walk to the showground and requires crossing the very busy airport road. For fares and timetable see edinburghtrams.com
Where can I ask about Property Lost or Found at the Show? There was a Lost/ Found property desk at the Show which has now closed. All items handed in and reports of lost property have been given over to Police Scotland Lost Property Dept, Fettes Station, Edinburgh. Anything hand in during the break-down of the Show will also be given over. Lost Property at Fettes Police Station can be contacted directly on 0131 311 3141 Can I still purchase tickets before the show? Advance tickets can be purchased online until the Wednesday before the show and are automatically emailed to the customer. Adult: £22 Concs: £18 Is my advance purchase ticket valid for any day? Tickets bought in advance can be used on any single day i.e. any one of the four days (Thursday to Sunday). Tickets are only valid for one day. Do I qualify for a concession ticket? You qualify for a concession ticket if you are a registered student or age 60+. Book your advance tickets now - click on the Ticket box at the right of this page. Suitable ID may be required at the gate. What are acceptable credit cards for purchasing tickets? Access, Visa, Mastercard and Eurocard are the only credit cards that are accepted at public entrances. We are unable to accept American Express. What are the Show opening times? Opening times are: Thursday 0730 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Friday 0730 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Saturday 0730 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Sunday 0730 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Can I still reserve a place at the caravan park? All caravan and campsites are FULL Can I bring my dog? The show is a busy place so we encourage you to leave your dogs at home. If you do bring your dog, it must be kept on a leash at all times and with the exception of Assistance dogs will not be admited to the Grandstands, the MacRobert Pavilion, Exhibition Hall’s or catering establishments. Dogs must not be left unattended in vehicles. Can I hire a wheelchair or scooter? Electric scooters and manual wheelchairs will be available from a new company for 2015 - Mobility Hire 4 You. Hire stations will be located as before at both the East and West Gates adjacent to the Disabled Car Parks. Pre-booking is strongly recommended. Book online at http://www.mobilityhire4you.com/diary/ Phone 01353 653752 or email:email@example.comFor visitors arriving by public transport at the South Entrance, arrangements may also be made directly with them. Is there disabled parking etc? Please ensure that your Blue Badge is displayed clearly on the windscreen of your vehicle on approaches to the showground, so that Police direct you appropriately. Disabled car parking is on hard standing and closer to main gates than public parking. However, once these spaces have been taken we cannot guarantee that other spaces used for overspill disabled parking, will offer such advantages. The parking fee is £8.00. Where can I find information about events? With so much happening over the four days, you’ll be entertained from dawn to dusk. We have arranged our programme so that many activities are on several times a day. That means you can catch them when it suits you. Obtain a copy of the Show Guide when you arrive at the gates or from oneof the Programme kiosks around the showground. A showground map is available only when you purchase a Show Guide or Show Catelogue Is there a place where I can leave my coat and bags? For Members, the cloackrooms and left lugagge are situated in the MacRobert Pavillion. For the general public a left luggage facility situated in the Highland hall reception area. Does a disabled person get in free? If a carer is required then the carer enters free while disabled pay entry just as for anyone else. How do I get Membership? (4 day ticket set for entry to Show) From The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), you can apply online, their website is https://rhass.org.uk/join-and-help/ What should I wear? Think practical, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Scotland has been known to experience all four seasons in one day so layering is best. and Something waterproof is advisable, as is stout footwear. Who runs the Show? The RHS is organised by RHASS (The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland). A registered charity, the Society plays a pivotal role in the creation of a better public understanding of the management of the land and rural resources from delivering world-class education programmes to providing engaging platforms to showcase the best in farm and food such as the Royal Highland Show. Interested in finding out more or to enquire about becoming a member click here. How do I find out what’s happening and where? To make the most of your visit, a Show Guide of 90+ pages tells you what is on, where and when and by whom and is in handy pocket size for just £3.50 and includes an easy to readmap. What does my entry price cover? Once inside the showground you can experience the show without spending another penny. All demonstrations, exhibitions and entertainment are free for all to enjoy. You may need to buy something to eat or drink, however with so many tasters available in the Food Hall, you might need less than you think and you are welcome to bring a picnic. It really is a great value day out, especially with children under 16 entering free. Can I bring a camera? We would highly recommend you do, as there is so much to capture. It might win you a prize as we are holding a photographic competition on Facebook. Am I allowed to bring a picnic? You are very welcome to bring a picnic although we have plenty of places to buy food on site from supermarkets, artisan producers or hot food outlets serving everything from fish and chips, baked potatoes and buffalo burgers! There are plenty of tables and chairs dotted around the showground for you to sit and relax. There is a number of bars situated around the showground and the times for all are as follows: Wednesday 12noon until 11pm Thursday/Friday/Saturday 11am until 10pm Sunday 11am until 7pm What if I feel unwell? First aid is provided at First Aid posts, by foot and bicycle patrols and there is a doctor and ambulance on site. Ask a steward or official for assistance. We have a medical team onsite. Where are the toilets located? The toilets are located at all the permanent toilet blocks on the showground. This includes disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. Is smoking allowed anywhere in the showground? Smoking is NOT PERMITTED in any enclosed building or space including the Marquees. What is the best time to avoid the queues? The Royal Highland Show attracts big crowds. This will inevitably result in some delays in entering the site at peak times. Using public transport can actually enhance your journey. See Visitor Info / Travel on the Show website. Our best advice is to arrive early – gates open at 8am – And purchase advance tickets so you can gain entry to the site quickly and efficiently. Will there be queues to get into the car park? We have invested heavily in improving our car parking facilities to keep delays to a minimum. Car parking attendants will guide you to a space. If you are parked in West Carpark, we have a free shuttle service to the West Main Gate of the showground. Can I leave & re-enter the showground during the day? Yes, please ask the attendant on the gate to stamp your hand. What is there to do with children? The Royal Highland Show is a must for younger visitors – and it’s free for them to enter. The Children’s Discovery Centre is a must-visit for children of all ages. There are interactive sessions which children can participate in as well as lots of things to do including milking a ‘cow’. Each area within the showground has a number of younger attractions including music, cookery theatre, countryside, lifestyle, equestrian and the main ring. The animal parades are a great sight. Children can also get close to creatures in the poultry tent and the bee marquee where they can learn the bee dance and make candles! Many children love tractors so it is worth visiting the machinery trade stands, however please don’t allow children to climb on the displays – it is not safe for them to do so. How much is it to park? Car parking is £8 per car. We are encouraging as many showgoers to make use of public transport and have worked with bus operators to ensure convenient drop off and pick up points. Motorcycles and bicycles are not charged a fee. There is no dropping-off and the police will not allow it to cause danger and disruption. Where can I get a taxi? There is a taxi rank outside the East Entrance (Gate 1) What are the dates of next year’s Show? 23-26 June 2016. Any top tips for visiting the show with children? Head to Discovery Area early and book your slots for the interactive sessions. This is particularly important on Thursday and Friday when school parties take up a significant number of slots. When tired feet need a rest, we would suggest a seat under cover in our 1800 seat grandstand the main ring – a seat during the animal parade is a good time to do this.!Children love animals so the sheep lines and poultry marquee are always fun. Finally at this year’s show are free wristbands for writing a parent or guardian’s phone numbers which helps ensure that you are quickly reunited with your child should you become separated. These can be collected from The Rotary at both main gates. What is the best day to come? The majority of the show is on a rolling programme so you will see the same things everyday. Certain classes of competitions are only held on particular days. Thursday and Friday are usually less busy but are the main ‘trade’ days. Where can I find out about trade stand offers? We would suggest that you keep an eye on twitter and facebook – many of our exhibitors post special offers to social media followers. Where can I find out about renewables? We have a significant space allocated to renawables and kindly sponsored by Scottish Hydro Electric. Here you find all you need to know about alternative energy sources from numerous exhibitors. I want to treat a client to a VIP experience, what do you suggest? Membership to RHASS allows entry to the Members’ Area with private dining room and views overlooking the main ring. Not only do you get free entry to the Show, you can purchase discounted tickets and guest badges so they can enjoy the Show in lovely surroundings. I am looking for interesting things to buy – where should I go? We have hundreds of quality trade stands brimming with lovely things to buy including home, garden, fashion, artwork and jewellery. The crafts zone has beautifully produced gifts, clothes and food or the Shopping Arena has everything from food to furnishing, coats to ceramics and shoes to sweaters. How can I become a sponsor? We have a dedicated sponsorship team who will ensure our valued sponsors and their guests have a fantastic experience. Sponsors receive many benefits including access to the Sponsors’ Lounge with views over the main ring. Where can I view results of competitions/classes? Results of showing classes are displayed outside the Livestock Office on the first floor of the Highland/Cattle Hall and on the Show Website as available. How can I exhibit at the Show? Not surprisingly, most exhibitors keep on returning to the busy Royal Highland Show and they are offered first refusal on their site. Information packs are sent out in October and we are almost always over subscribed so please get your application in early. Priority goes to existing exhibitors. Visit our trade and exhibition for more information. I hear the pole climbing is impressive – where do I find that? This takes place in the Forestry Arena – your show guide will give you details of timings. This is available to purchase at the gates and kiosks located throughout the showground.