The Royal Highland Show is marketed as the Greatest Show on Earth around these parts! It will be held from 21-24 June this year – and for us, this annual spectacle is one of the definite highlights of the summer of 2012.
Unlike in 1822, when the first show took place in the Cannongate area of Edinburgh and the focus was solely on cattle, nowadays food lovers from all over the UK are also getting excited about this event. About 100 different stalls invite you to sample their Scottish produce – from homemade jams to Scottish cheeses.
In addition, of course farming remains a stronghold of the show/experience. The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland is hosting the show, and this year’s hosting area is Dumfries & Galloway: around 5000 cattle, sheep, goats and horses are being exhibited.
The Show has made a name for itself internationally too, and many friends of Scotland’s culture come to Edinburgh for a long weekend to experience this rich display of some of the most fêted Scottish farming, food and countryside.
One of the reasons why (not only!) its marketing is convinced that the “Royal Highland” is indeed one of the most interesting events of its kind in the world is the fact that it is such a varied weekend – every one of its visitors will find an attraction, an exhibition or a fun thing to do they will enjoy tremendously! There’s the children’s discovery centre for the little ones, renewable energy for the ever-growing number of environmentally conscious visitors and prize-winning livestock for visitors with an interest in farming and/or animals.
The Royal patron of the Show is Her Majesty The Queen. The average visitor number is currently 182,000 – a figure that speaks in no uncertain terms of the events popularity. If you’d like to be among this year’s fascinated crowd, visit www.royalhighlandshow.org to book tickets. For further practical information, please read on:
Date & Time:
21-24 June 2012 – on 21 June from 07.00 – 20.00, all other days from 08.00-20.00
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh – close to Edinburgh Airport, just off the A8, and only about 20 minutes drive from The Glenora.
- No entry fees for children aged 15 or younger.
- Earlybird Adult Admission is £22, Earlybird Concession Admission is £18 – bookable through the Royal Highland Sow website, a booking fee applies.
- Tickets on the day are available for £25 for adults, and £20 concessions
- Ticket prices given here are day tickets – tickets for the whole weekend are available too, please contact the Show directly to learn more.
All factual information taken from www.royalhighlandshow.org. The site was accessed on 14.04.2012.