We have been asked many times about bringing dogs into the Festival halls. To make it absolutely clear, well behaved dogs on leads are ONLY allowed in the Trade Area which is in the Strathmore Hall. They are not allowed in any area where there is livestock. Apologies to all our four legged canine friends […]
The Board of Smallholding Scotland is delighted to announce that there will be a live Scottish Smallholder Festival on 23rd October 2021 at Forfar Mart. And following on from the success of the 2020 virtual event, there will be a second virtual event in Saturday 30th October, so even if you can’t get to Forfar, […]
For 2020, the Scottish Smallholder Festival will be a virtual event, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organisers, Smallholding Scotland, are committed to replicating the physical Festival, as far as possible. The event will be true to it’s aim to “educate, inform and inspire” with a full programme of talks and presentations, a livestock […]
At 11am, Barbara Webster will be demonstrating the art of sheep dressing. If you are considering showing next season or selling pedigree stock, to succeed your sheep need to look their very best. Barbara’s demonstration with her impressive Jacob tup will give you all the hints and tips you need. This session is available to […]
Due to circumstances beyond its control, Smallholding Scotland, the charity behind the Scottish Smallholder Festival, has announced changes to both the date and venue for this year’s Festival. The Festival will now be held at the The Forfar Mart on Saturday 26th October 2019. This decision has been taken following updated information received in the […]
Delighted to welcome Stitching Away to the Festival for the first time!
Ruth Dalton, Field Officer for the North at the Rare Breed Survival Trust, returns to the Festival’s Speaker Programme in 2019, where she will be explaining the ins and outs of small scale cattle keeping. Ruth, and her partner, Wal, breed Shetland cattle in Cumbria so she has first hand experience of the topic. Ruth […]
Nom, nom, nom! We’re looking forward to a first appearance at the Festival from Clootie McToot with her traditional Scottish dumpling. Delicious!
Many thanks to Kelsey Media for their kind donation of an annual subscription to Practical Poultry for the exhibitor of the Supreme Champion bird in our Poultry and Waterfowl show. Kelsey Media are a long time supporter of the Festival and we’re delighted that they are supporting it again in 2019. Practical Poultry
Once again in 2017 the Festival’s explores our equine heritage and we’re delighted to again welcome along representatives of some our wonderful native breed horses and ponies. Many folk getting into smallholding (and many existing smallholders) enjoy having an equine or two around the place – and they can do a job of work too. […]