Rural Skills

Practical and hands-on demonstrations

Try your hand at learning a new rural skill in the Festival’s practical and hands-on demonstrations sessions:


10:00am – Harness and harnessing (Equine Showcase)

Join Catriona Lackie and her logging Highland ponies to learn about harness and harnessing.

NB: Places are limited and reserved for wristband holders – bookable at the Information Point in the Strathmore Hall Foyer.


10:00am – Pompom Making with Fluph

Want the perfect finish for that hat? Drop into the Rural Skills demonstration area in the Strathmore Hall between 10am and 11.30am and Leona, from Dundee’s fabulous fluph shop and Rusty Ferret Yarns and some chums will be to help you make the perfect pompom.

This is a free, drop-in session, so it’s first come, first served. Suitable for over age 5; under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.


10:30am – Essential Goat Maintenance (Goat Showcase)

Scottish Goatkeepers’ Federation and Dr, Caroline Robinson MRCVS from SRUC will be discussing and demonstrating essential goat maintenance tasks – foot trimming, restraint, oral dosing and injections sites.

NB: Places are limited and reserved for wristband holders – bookable at the Information Point in the Strathmore Hall Foyer


12 noon – Willow weaving with John Cowan

Try your hand at willow weaving with John Cowan of John Cowan Baskets and make an item to take home for free!

Places are limited – book on the day at John’s stand in the main concourse. Best be quick!


1:00pm – Equine parade (Equine Showcase)

At 1pm, we’re going to ask our horsemasters to parade their wonderful horse, ponies and donkeys. With a commentary by Donald McGillivray, there’s a lot to know about these native breeds, many of which are very rare.


2:00pm & 3:00pm – First Aid Demonstration (Strathmore Hall)

Ann McKillop from First Aid Training Co-operative will be doing two 30 minute demonstrations of first aid techniques.

NB: Places are limited and reserved for wristband holders – bookable at the Information Point in the Strathmore Hall Foyer


2:30pm – Goat Milking Demonstration (Goat Showcase)

Fiona Smith from Scottish Goatkeepers’ Federation will be demonstrating goat milking techniques.

NB: Places are limited and reserved for wristband holders – bookable at the Information Point in the Strathmore Hall Foyer


2:30pm – Assessing fleece on the hoof (Sheep Showcase)

Zoe Robson, our judge of the Raw Fleece classes today, will be describing, with the help of some of our shepherds and their charges, the different types and uses of fleece and how to assess quality on the hoof.

NB: Places are limited and reserved for wristband holders – bookable at the Information Point in the Strathmore Hall Foyer


On-stand demonstrations

TimeEventLocation
MorningClydesdale Horse Dressing
Sandy Aitken and family will be preparing their Clydesdale horse for the show ring.
Equine Showcase
All dayStick and crookmaking
Arthur Dent, from Scottish Crookmakers Association, will be working at this fascinating craft of the SCA stand – do go along and see him. And don’t forget to view the prize winners in the Stick and Crook section of the Garden, Craft and Food competition in the Strathmore Hall.
Strathmore Hall
All daySpinning and weaving
East of Scotland Guild of Spinner, Weavers and Dyers will be on hand to let folk have a go at spinning raw fleece. If you would like to try your hand (and feet) at spinning, drop by the stand in the Strathmore Hall.
Strathmore Hall
All dayNeedle felting
Join Julie Hermitage at her UAN Wool stand to see needle felting in action.
Strathmore Hall
All dayBee keeping
Join East of Scotland Beekeepers to learn more about the equipment and techniques of beekeeping (without the bees!)
Strathmore Hall
All dayWillow weaving
Karen from “Naturally Useful” will be weaving the day away – do go and see how it’s done.
Strathmore Hall