Behind the Scenes at the Royal Highland Show Build

What does it take to bring the royal highland show to life!

The Royal Highland Show is an annual showcase for rural and agricultural products, produce and lifestyle.  As the largest agricultural show in Scotland, the event draws enthusiasts and industry professionals from far and wide to the magnificent Royal Highland Centre in Scotland.

The Show has something for everyone, from competitions to shopping, live music and tasty food and drinks.  It also helps to raise funds for the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

The event is anticipated to attract in the region of 55,000 people a day between the 22nd – 25th June 2023.  

The scale of the event means it requires significant temporary infrastructure.  Locally based Field & Lawn Ltd are responsible for the monumental task of constructing a remarkable array of marquees and temporary structures for the event. Building around 14,000m2 (3.5 acres) of covered space. 

Field and lawn - marquee hire for the royal highland show

The month-long build programme started in May and involves meticulous planning and preparation with a team of over 20 people working on the build.  The build programme will see over 40 structures installed for the Show. Good progress is being made across the site.

One of the highlights of the build this year is the impressive Golden Shears structure which spans 30m x 20m.  The Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships returns to the Royal Highland Show in 2023 after 20 years.  It promises to be a standout event over the weekend under the largest marquee on the site.  

Piers Ballantyne, Head of Projects, Scotland for Field and Lawn commented on the task:

“Having been involved with the show for over, 25 years, we are thrilled to be part of the Royal Highland Show team once again. The scale of the show and the sheer number of marquees needed makes it a very complex build, but one we look forward to every year.  We are on programme, putting the finishing touches to the structures and can’t wait to see the show open!” 

finishing touches added to the marquees ahead of the Royal Highland Show

Mark Currie, Director of Operations at the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland said:

“Field and Lawn are world experts in their field, and we are grateful to have them as part of our team over the Royal Highland Show and across other events at the Royal Highland Centre. The Show is shaping up to be one of the biggest to date, and the Golden Shears Sheep Shearing Championships is part of that appeal. We can’t wait to see and hear the buzz coming from the marquee on the Sunday of the Show when the World Champion is announced.”

The Royal Highland Show Opens on the 22nd June

As the four-day event is just days away from opening, tickets are still available and can be purchased online: 

About Field and Lawn

Field and Lawn are one of the UK’s leading providers of event marquees and structures with over 35 years of experience, including some of the country’s most celebrated events.  

an event structure built by field and lawn

The Download Festival download! Music festival marquee hire in pictures

Music festival marquee hire Download festival in pictures

Download Festival is one of the most recognisable UK music festivals and 2023 marked the festivals 20th anniversary. A spectacular line-up featuring the likes of Metallica, Bring Me the Horizon and a red-hot closing set from Slipknot were some of the highlights of the long weekend. The festival takes place every year in Castle Donington and attracts over 100,000 festival goers.

There are over 1,000 music festivals taking place every year across the UK from small, independent and boutique festivals through to global icons such as the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts. Bringing a festival to life requires a large amount of temporary infrastructure. Most festivals, often in rural locations, create a small city for a weekend requiring marquees for everything from security and welfare to catering and storage.

Field and Lawn are one of the UKs largest festival hire companies, dedicated to providing event marquees and temporary structures for festivals and large scale outdoor events.  We have many different styles of structures and marquees available from large party tents through to small, side of stage pagodas.

Download festival merchandise stand

Field and lawn at download festival

As music festivals have grown in scale, diversity and popularity, creating distinct themed areas and stages as well as focusing on .  This year there was a significant focus on festival welfare facilities, providing top class facilities for visitors.

Field and Lawn provided nineteen structures at Download 2023, working in partnership with GL events who also delivered a number of temporary event structures and marquees across the festival site. The structures range from a large press and media tent which was 15m x 20m with ringbeam flooring, carpet and doors.  Right through to merchandise tents, showers entrances, kitchens, medical, and welfare tents. 

Festival Tent Hire

Field and Lawn provide a personal approach with unmatched experience, and top-quality products. From elegant VIP area hospitality tents to bar structures.  This year the marquees provided much-needed shade from the scorching sun, creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment for festival-goers.  If you are looking for a festival marquee, we provide a wide range of versatile tents and marquees from large, clearspan structures to conical marquees and pagodas..  

Are you a festival organiser?

back stage marquee for artist liaison

Field and Lawn work closely with festival organisers to understand their specific needs, ensuring that each marquee is tailored to the event’s unique atmosphere and requirements. This attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction have made them the preferred choice for many music festivals and major music events.

Field and Lawn marquees are built to withstand the unpredictable UK weather conditions, ensuring the safety and comfort of festival-goers. Additionally, our in house installation teams are able to get the job done without fuss, creating visually striking structures that seamlessly blend into the festival landscape. Our high-quality marquees not only provide essential shelter but also add a touch of elegance to the overall festival ambiance, in particular our VIP corporate hospitality tents:

A large event marquee with HVAC


this year, our marquees played a role in ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of festival-goers. As the sun beat down during scorching sunshine, the marquees offered much-needed shade and protection from the elements. Attendees were able to seek respite from the heat, relax, and enjoy a cool and comfortable environment. 

As the music festival culture continues to thrive in the UK, the demand for event marquees remains on the rise, especially during peak summer months. By hiring the right marquee you can create a true festival atmosphere and ensure the comfort of festival-goers. 

Festival Marquees For Hire

Our festival tents provide venues for a wide range of events, corporate hospitality structures, welfare and security structures for all types of festivals and outdoor events.  Our music festival marquees are durable, flexible and high quality.  Our festival marquees can be used for stadium concerts, outdoor events and shows to deliver covered space.  Our marquees create a real venue that will wow any festival guests.  If you are looking for an event structure or music festival marquee hire, Field and Lawn have a track record of delivering excellence.  

Marquee hire beyond music festivals

As well as music festivals, Field and Lawn provide marquee hire for all types of outdoor events, shows and exhibitions.  Be it your local beer festival, large wedding, community festival or arts festival, we can cover them all! Festival Marquees can help with other sorts of events as well,  and we often work with shops, street food markets, event organisers, businesses, clubs and venues. We can help with event furniture, dance floors, lighting, heating, cooling, staging and PA systems. 

an event structure built by field and lawn