The Scottish Smallholder Festival is a great day out with something to offer anyone with an interest in small-scale food production, crafts and sustainable living. The next Festival is being held on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Lanark Agricultural Centre. Doors open at 9:00am.

If you’re a smallholder or crofter, a vegetable grower, allotmenteer, crofter or an aspiring smallholder you’ll get to meet and chew the fat with like-minded people from across Scotland and beyond, with a whole wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

What’s at the Festival?

The Programme of Events lists everything that’s happening around the Festival during the day, and is designed to inform and inspire visitors, with subjects spanning livestock, craft, food production, smallholding management, and growing.

For 2017 we have a dedicated equine area, featuring many working breeds of pony and horse. Read more about what you can see in our equine heritage.

Children will enjoy the full show schedule, with rare and traditional breeds of sheep, goats and poultry on show, plus our Pig Paradise exhibition, and alpacas and cattle in the livestock area.

Our Trade Exhibition brings together a range of businesses and organisations involved with and supporting smallholding in Scotland.

The Rural Skills, Craft & Food Exhibition includes some of the finest food Scotland can offer, examples of the best of the Scottish craft industry – perfect for Christmas presents or to just treat yourself – and displays and products for the growers among us. We also have a range of Garden, Craft & Food competitive classes!

We’ve got many breed societies coming along to display and talk about their breeds, as well as several smallholder socieities and support organisations.

In these pages you’ll find all the information you need to plan your day out at the Festival, and to make the most of the day.

How much are tickets?

£10 for adults, with free entry for under 16s and free parking.

Full ticket information can be found on the ticket page.

Please note that ticket sales on the day are cash only – sorry, no card sales.

Is there car parking?

There is free car parking available at the venue.

What happens if it rains?

The Festival is being held almost entirely under cover, so will be unaffected by poor weather.

Can I bring my dog?

No dogs, other than assistance dogs, are permitted in the main hall, livestock areas, restaurant, or other internal areas. Dogs are permitted in the grounds outside the venue. Please don’t leave dogs in vehicles.

More questions?

If after reading you still have questions, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.