EVENT – Royal Highland Show 2010, 24-27 June 2010

Great day out

“The Greatest Show On Earth”

The Royal Highland Show is Scotland’s leading outdoor event showcasing all that’s best in farming, food and countryside.   The 2010 show which runs June 24th-27th 2010 will be the 170th and the 50th to be held at Ingliston, near Edinburgh.

It regularly attracts over 160,000 visitors and the show is one of the country’s most iconic and historic brands, mixing serious agri-business with fun, music and entertainment.  The show offers a multitude of features to enjoy with fine food and drink, prize-winning livestock, outdoor living and countryside, traditional rural skills, music, cookery demonstrations, forestry events, farm machinery, handcrafts, heavy horses, show-jumping, motor zone and shopping.  There is of course 5000 of the UK’s finest cattle, sheep, goats and horses plus competitions and loads of all-action features! 

All of these are contained within well-signposted designated areas making it easy for visitors to get around the showground which is a massive 40 hectares with a further 60 hectares for parking up to 25,000 vehicles.

Highland Cow

There will be a lot more than bellowing and bleating when it comes to sounds at the Royal Highland Show!  Music has become an integral part of the event and this year visitors can listen out for everything from traditional pipes and drums to the rhythms of the Caribbean and West Africa.  At various locations throughout the showground there’s jazz, oompah, drumming, ceilidh, country, folk, brass and no doubt some surprises from  the Scottish Association of Young Farmers who will be staging their own homespun version of “Britain’s Got Talent”.

Featuring on all four days are the Ian Muir Ceilidh Band from Ayrshire who are regular performers on BBC’s “Take The Floor”, North Sea Gas, one of the busiest folk groups in Scotland and Colonel Schnaps  Oompah Band with hand clapping, thigh slapping German-style bierkeller music.  We are particularly looking forward to hearing Macumba, Scotland’s leading Adro Carribean band.

Adding to the entertainment will be the Talking Heads Puppet Show who will keep youngsters amused at the weekend and Mischif La Bas, a group of visual entertainers who feature the Elvis Cleaning Company, the Spivs, the Paparazzii, Irana Frump and much more.

You can buy tickets in advance online and accompanied children under 16 go free, making the show a financially-friendly event.  Opening hours for the weekend are as follows

Thursday  0700-2000

Friday  0800-2000

Saturday  0800-2000

Sunday  0800-1830

The best way to get to the show is via the special service number 98 Lothian bus to avoid the £5 parking fee and traffic snarl ups.

Suitable for disabled?  The showground is wheelchair friendly.  You can read the RHS accesbility information here.  Disabled parking available.

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