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Rural Projects manage the Countryside Arena and Rural Skills Marquee for one of Scotland’s most prestigious events: The Royal Highland Show.

The Countryside Arena is located at the West Gate entrance to the show site and incorporates attractive landscaping including a loch which helps to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for visitors.

The demonstrations and events in this area reflect the wide range of country sports and activities such as gundog, falconry, fly fishing, ferret, terrier racing and sheep dog displays.

The Rural Skills Marquee provides an opportunity for craftsmen to engage with the public to explain and demonstrate a diverse array of country crafts.

The 2017 Royal Highland Show will take place from 22 – 25 June at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. Visit the Royal Highland Show website for more information.

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We provide the following services to the event…

Entertainment Programming

Rural Projects has developed skills in creating and deploying entertainment programmes for events. Creating a timetable, identifying performers, attracting specialist speakers, demonstrators and visitor attractions all form part of the service.

Event Planning Operations

Before any event can take place an appropriate license has to be applied for through the local authority and this can mean a major input at a very early stage in the event’s development. A thorough knowledge of what is required is essential in establishing a good working relationship with the local authority, and that again is where Rural Projects experience plays a vital role. Even in the final stages close liaison with local officials may determine whether the doors for an event open.

Site Planning

Whatever the show site, be it indoors, at a dedicated venue or green field an accurate drawing of the layout is vital to the success of the event and that’s where Rural Projects’ command of CADsoftware comes into play. Accurate to the finest detail in the hands of an experienced and fully trained operator the plans produced are the foundation for the contractors to create the infrastructure and to deliver a successful layout for exhibitors and visitors.

Health and Safety Management

Risk Assessment, Event Profiling and management of Health and Safety for events has become increasingly important. Rural Projects has amassed considerable experience in this discipline and can develop and produce an Event Manual that provides the information required by exhibitors, contractors, Health and Safety and Local Authority officials including the police and fire services.

Infrastructure and Managing Contractors

Every event is dependent on reliable and cost effective contractors to create the event infrastructure and over the years Rural Projects has developed relationships with specialist contractors who we know will deliver quality, and on time. They are not always the cheapest but they do allow the event management team to sleep soundly at night in the knowledge that what has been contracted will be delivered whatever the circumstances.