It has been the question on many people’s lips in recent months but this week Royal Highland Show organisers announced the event will go ahead in 2021.
This particular piece of pre-Christmas cheer arrived courtesy of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), as it signalled its intent to go ahead by launching tickets for the four-day event which will run from June 17-20.
The 2020 show was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, along with every other agricultural event over summer, leaving a massive hole in the nation’s social calendar.
Numbers for the 2021 event may have to be restricted and it is unlikely the event will see anything like the 200,000 strong attendance of recent years.
Organisers have said they are planning for a limited number of visitors as social distancing measures are likely to still be in place.
There will, however, be the opportunity to scale up if changes to distancing restrictions allow.
There is no firm indication of how many tickets will be made available in the first tranche but it is believed to be in the thousands and based on 10 per cent of the likely allowable attendance.
Tickets are to be released on a staged basis through booking agency Ticketmaster, with the first batch going on sale at midday today (December 11).
There is another release planned for early January with an increased price structure.
RHASS chairman Bill Gray said: “We have left no stone unturned in our planning for what will be the best possible celebration of our 180th show.
“Yes, there will be special measures we have had to factor in, but that will not take away from what will be a vitally important showcase for the sector – we all need this more than ever as we emerge from this challenging year.”
RHASS chief executive Alan Laidlaw added: “It is important we ensure the show will remain a true reflection of the industry and will therefore feature the key pillars of this much-loved event, including food, livestock, showjumping, education, rural skills and, of course, the camaraderie of coming together to network and socialise.
"The reality is there will be fewer people, but the lucky people that get a ticket will not be disappointed. That is our absolute commitment.”
RHASS members will receive free entry to the show but will be required to opt in to the track and trace system for the days they plan to attend.
December 11 to January 1 (or until sold out) adult day single admission: £25 + booking fee
From January 2 onwards entry prices will increase to £30 + booking fee.
Children 15 and under will go free with a paying adult (max 3 children per paying adult)
However, RHASS members receive free entry to the show.
Parking £10 for one day, £15 for two or £20 for four-day parking.
RHASS members will receive free entry to the show but, to comply with the track and trace regulations needed to operate the event, they will be asked to opt in for the days they plan to attend.