And with over 200,000 viewers of live online content on RHS TV, the reach of the Royal Highland Show has never been greater.
Celebrating 200 years of showcasing the best of the country’s food, farming and rural life, high-profile figures were in attendance including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack and Environment and Agrarian Reform Minister Màiri McAllan.
40,000 children attended for free in line with the charitable mission of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
A limited number of Super Early Bird tickets for the Royal Highland Show 2023 (June 22-25) have been released via the show’s website (royalhighlandshow.org) priced at £27.50 (plus booking fee) with children 15 and under FREE.
Commenting on the success of the Royal Highland Show 2022, Bill Gray, Chairman of RHASS, said: “It has been phenomenal to finally celebrate the return of the Royal Highland Show, and the attendance figures this year prove that the public felt the same way. What we offer is a totally unique day, which everyone, whatever their background, can make the most of.
“The success of this very special Highland Bicentenary show is a testament to the hard work of the hundreds of RHASS staff and directors who work tirelessly to put on this incredible event, one enjoyed by both the farming community and the urban public. .
Highlights of this year’s show included 305 trophies, collectively worth over £4million, awarded to the 919 cattle, 1,913 sheep, 1,911 horses and 123 goats competing.
Additionally, respected industry accolades have been awarded to agricultural technology pioneers through the RHASS Technical Innovation Awards. Pollock Farm Equipment and Penderfeed Livestock Equipment won Gold awards this year.
The Scottish Championships saw food and drink producers recognized for their outstanding products in the dairy, honey and bread categories – Fochabers Ice Cream Parlor and Strathearn Cheese Co were among the winners.
Plans have also been unveiled to name an equestrian track in honor of Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee year. The “Jubilee Ring” hosts equestrian events in the fairgrounds, including show jumping. The ring will be officially unveiled at the Royal Highland Show 2023. As part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative and in partnership with Scottish Woodlands, native and ornamental trees will be planted around the Jubilee Ring.
The show also broke new ground with the launch of the RHS app, with all the action streamed live via the show’s online channel, RHS TV, and live and on-demand streams via Facebook – live/on-demand content has over 200,000 views. a total of 82 countries. Content can be accessed on demand via the RHS website.
Each year at the Show, one of the eight RHASS member regions is honored – this year it was the Highlands presidential team’s turn to celebrate their region. With the theme “Scotland’s Natural Capital – Highlands and Islands”, a specially created exhibition focusing on tourism, culture, food and drink, renewable energy and the fight against climate change in the region. Much of Scotland’s Larder food hall was also dedicated to producers from the Highlands and Islands.
The Royal Highland Show, supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, took place from 23-26 June 2022. For more information and to rewatch the action via RHS TV, please visit www.royalhighlandshow.org.