Frequently Asked Questions

Here, we try to answer some of the common questions we get asked.

Q. Can I take my dog to the show?

A. Yes, providing the dog is kept on a lead and the normal protocols such as cleaning up dog mess, and do not leave your dog locked in a vehicle.

Q. Is there disabled access?

A. Yes, there is disabled parking in main car parks, and most of the avenues around the showground are tarred. The pay gates can accommodate wheelchairs, but there is also side gates which can be used if necessary. Shopmobility Highland are on site and motorised wheelchair hire can be organised with them if necessary.

Q. What is the cost for car parking?

A. Car parking is free of charge, and there is ample parking.

Q. Is there provision for “nursing” mothers?

A. There are several mothering areas around the showground available for use.

Q. Does the admission into the Show include the cost of the fairground rides?

A. No

Q. Is the showground suitable for pushchairs and buggies?

A. Yes, the majority of avenues around the showground are tarred and have smooth surfaces.

Q. Is the show just for farmers?

A. No, the show is for everyone.

Q. I have heard there will be no horses at the show, is this correct?

A. This is incorrect, there will be Showjumping on Wednesday during the preview evening, and native horses (Clydesdales, Shetlands and Highland Ponies) on the Main Show day.

Q. If I purchase a ticket online does this get posted to me?

A. Yes, we will be posting out tickets to online purchases prior to the show. Under 12s are free, and will be given a pass at the gate by security staff.

Q. Is there a cash machine available at the show?

A. Yes, this is provided by Cash On The Move.  There is a fee made of £2.95 per transaction.  

Q. Are there camping and caravan facilities for visitors to the show?

A. No, we do not have caravan and camping facilities.  However, there are a number of camping and caravan sites in the surrounding area, which can be found via an internet search.

Q.  Is there accessible toilets for disabled visitors on the site?

A. There are a number of male and female accessible toilets around the site for disabled visitors.  We are pleased to announce that Pamiloo will be in attendance during both days. Pamiloo is suitable for people with complex needs who need specialised equipment and additional space. 

Q. What time do the gates open to the public?

A. Preview evening the gates open at 4pm, Show Day the gates open at 8am.

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Coronavirus

NOTICE – updated 1 May 2020
Black Isle Farmers’ Society Directors and Secretary met virtually last night to discuss the possibility, in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, of running the 2020 Black Isle Show due to be held on Thursday 6th August at its permanent site at Mannsfield, Muir of Ord.
On behalf of the 9 strong board of Directors, President for 2020, Mrs Frieda Mckenzie said “our Directors were unanimous in the sad but inevitable decision to cancel the 2020 show.  As a Society we enjoy and relish staging such an important event for the Highlands but for this year with a most exceptional set of circumstances we have a responsibility to protect our exhibitors, traders, guests and the general public from such an unknown and devastating disease.”
Company Secretary, Rod Mackenzie, also said “this was a decision we could have taken 4 weeks ago but we always lived in the hope that the situation might have shown some improvement in that time.  My optimism was buoyed on by encouragement and enthusiasm from exhibitors, trade stand holders and regular attendees who set a huge emphasis on Black Isle Show as a shop window and trading platform for their goods, products and services.  Like every other year planning for the next year’s show never halts but instead of 12 months preparation there will be 15 months instead.  The date for the 2021 show is Thursday 5th August with the preview evening on Wednesday 4th August.