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Over £8million Set to Be Spent by Shoppers at Royal Highland Show

Posted: 5th May 2016

Over £8million is set to be spent on shopping over the 4 days of this year’s Royal Highland Show (23th-26th June), organisers have unveiled.

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With the main shopping arcade receiving a makeover, attracting even more luxury retailers, the 2016 Show will be a ‘shoppers paradise’ for the 200,000 visitors expected to attend the Royal Highland Centre.

Following on from last year’s successful rebranding of the food hall – now known as Scotland’s Larder Live! – the 13th Avenue Shopping Arcade will become a lifestyle shopping destination featuring top UK brands, award winning artists and designers. With more space and a boutique feel, the new Arcade will also boast a bar where shoppers can enjoy a well-earned rest with a glass of bubbles.

With over 1,100 trade stands across the showground, Scotland biggest celebration of the best in farming, food and rural life, which attracted record visitor numbers in 2015, will give keen shoppers the chance to snap up some of the biggest brands in country inspired fashion, such as Barbour, Hunter, Fairfax & Favor, Joules and Dubarry.

When the shopping is finished, the 2016 Show will boast two new themed bars to discover. For gin lovers, the Botanical Garden will be offering up a wide range of artisan Scottish gins to savour and appreciate. Run by Hickory, an Edinburgh company with a track record for delivering exquisite events and renowned for its creative flair, this bar will be a highlight for anyone who visits.

For those looking for something a bit different, the Country Music Bar will not disappoint. The second of the Show’s new themed bars, this lively venue will feature live country bands and possibly even line dancing, offering something completely different for showgoers.

Show Manager David Jackson said: “The Show is undeniably a destination for the best livestock, the best food and also for the best shopping – we are pulling out all the stops to make sure that this remains. The investment we’ve made in the 13th Avenue Arcade, and in installing high speed broadband around the showground, illustrates that we are committed to improving facilities year on year for our exhibitors, for whom the Show is very important. 38% of our visitors rank shopping as the main reason for visiting and we know that 55% of them spent at least £100 at our trade stands, with 22% of them spending up to £1,000.”

The Royal Bank of Scotland, partner since 1981, continues to support the Show and the agricultural industry in Scotland.

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