Highland Show invites local kids

AN INVITATION to local children has been extended by organisers of the Royal Highland Show.

They estimate that more than 25,000 children will visit this year’s Show, which will take place from June 20 to 23, to learn more about farming, food and the countryside, and they hope that as many Montrose youngsters as possible will make the trip to Ingliston, near Edinburgh.

There will be a Children’s Discovery Centre, which this year is funded by The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

With a spotlight on Scotland’s naturally healthy produce The Rowett Institute will be running educational sessions on farming and its links with nutrition.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) are again returning to the Discovery Centre to run the Scotch Beef Cookery Theatre. Hundreds of children will be given the chance to cook up delicious, healthy dishes using Scotch beef, pork and lamb.

Also returning is Dynamic Earth, offering a chance to dig up fossils and discover the facts behind Scottish myths. A countryside themed badge-making session with the Game & Wildlife Trust, grinding flour from wheat with Edinburgh’s Gorgie City Farm, and the chance to milk Mabel, the life-sized fibreglass cow, can also be experienced.

The Children’s Discovery Centre will be open to members of the public throughout the four-day event, between 9am and 5pm.

Out on the showground, children can embark on a tour to learn more about rural life and meet the people who work in the countryside day in day out. First stop will be The Honey Tent, which offers an insight into beekeeping, learning how to make wax candles and the importance of bees to the eco-system.

A career in farming will be the focus for Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Harper Adams University – both learning institutions will present information and advice for youngsters interested in making a living from the land.