Please take a little time to read through the Frequently Asked Questions listed below, before making an enquiry – it may be that your query is answered here.
When does the Box Office open for advance sales?
Each year the box office opens in the spring. We always send out advance purchasing emails to our email list (subscribe through the website!) followed by releasing to social media and then the general public. If you’re interested in purchasing Membership or Camping you should consider subscribing to our email list to receive the very first notice that the box office is open.
Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
We strongly recommend that you buy all your tickets in advance this year, including memberships, parking passes and camping tickets. We cannot guarantee any tickets will be available on the gate, and you don’t want to wait in a line to purchase tickets.
Do I need to buy a ticket for my child?
Accompanied children 12 years and under are admitted free of charge. Provided they are accompanied by a paying adult Member, children 12 years and under are also admitted to the Members Enclosure without additional charge.
I can’t come any more – can I get a refund?
General admission, car park passes, camping pitches, electrical hook-up, programme vouchers and course walk tickets are not refundable.
Membership tickets can be returned up to 2nd August, but only as long as we have received your issued Membership badges and passes back to the office PRIOR to 2nd August. We are not able to refund your Membership tickets without having received your returned original badges and passes, and not at all after 2nd August.
If we have to abandon the Event owing to severe weather or for any other reason, refunds may be issued on consultation with our insurers. Please see the ticket Terms & Conditions for full details.
What are the benefits of Membership over an ordinary admission ticket?
Membership gives you access to the Forward Car Park and the ringside Members’ Area, which has full bar, café and restaurant facilities as well as a ringside garden and ‘posh’ loos.
I am purchasing Membership of the event – does my child need Membership to join me in the Members Enclosure?
No – children under 12yo can enter the Members Enclosure when accompanied by an adult with Membership.
All Non-Eventing competitors will receive: two wristbands for the first horse entered (rider + 1) each additional horse entered will receive one band.
All riders under 16 will receive: Rider +2 bands (i.e. rider, groom, parent) each additional horse entered will receive one band.
All Eventing competitors will receive: Rider, groom + lorry pass plus two pairs of owner + car pass for registered owners. Registered syndicates can apply for further passes. Each addition horse entered will receive 3 bands (groom plus a pair of owners + car pass).
Registered syndicates may apply for additional bands based on current restrictions at the time.
Is grandstand seating included with my ticket?
There is no grandstand seating at all. We will have bench seating around the arenas and grounds but you may wish to bring your own portable seating with you.
There is seating that has a view of the arena in the members area.
What camping packages are available?
Camping pitches are available for either the weekend or duration of the event. This year we are offering small, regular and large pitches.
The camping pitches don’t include admission to the event, so you will need to book your membership or admission separately. Each year the camping sells out very quickly so as soon as you get notice the box office is open you should purchase camping if you need it.
What size of pitch do I need?
Small Pitch (4m frontage by 5m depth) – suitable for a 2-man tent plus car
Standard Pitch (7m frontage x 8m depth) – suitable for a 3.5t horsebox or motorhome with awning/4-6man tent plus car/”regular” caravan with awning plus one car
Large Pitch (8m frontage x 12m depth)- suitable for 7.5t horsebox or motorhome with awning/8-man tent plus one car/”large” caravan with awning plus one car
Extra Large Pitch – Please call 01796 481 543
When can I arrive?
Season camping pitches allow you to arrive from 12pm Wednesday and stay until the Monday. If you have booked weekend camping, you can arrive on Friday after 12pm and stay until Monday.
I have friends who would like to stay with me, what do they need to book?
Only one sleeping structure is allowed per pitch for fire safety, so friends would need to each book a pitch for their own tent and vehicle.
Does the event have disabled facilities?
Yes – Please go to Gate 2 where your disabled blue vehicle badge should be shown to the car-parking attendants, who will then direct you to the forward parking area. Admission tickets or membership are still required. Disabled toilets are available onsite and clearly signposted.
Can I hire a mobility scooter or wheelchair?
Event Mobility will provide electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors at the show. To reserve an electric scooter or manual wheelchair you can book on line at www.eventmobility.org.uk If you are in need of an electric scooter we strongly suggest reserving in advance.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are welcome at the event but must be kept on a secure lead and under control at all times. If any dogs are found off-lead or not under control, the owners will be charged £20 (donated to charity) and may be asked to leave. Water points are located at various points around the site. Poop scoop bags are available from the Information Tent, and owners must clear up after their dogs. Dogs must not be left in cars.
Is there coach parking?
Yes, coaches are welcome at the event but must be booked in advance. Please contact the organisers office on 01796 481 543 to request your coach pass. Coaches which are not booked in will be able to drop off passengers, but may not be able to park on site. Coach parking is free of charge. Remember that for 2024 we strongly recommend all tickets are booked in advance so all passengers on Coaches should be advised to pre-purchase tickets before arrival.
When do the gates open?
Gates generally open to the public at 8.30am daily, except on Saturday when they open at 8.00am. These times may be adjusted in accordance with the start times of competition daily so please check the timetable for adjustments.
What about closing times?
There is no specific closing time – it really depends when all the different competitions finish, but these begin to wrap up from around 5pm. The shopping village exhibitors will stay open as long as shoppers are around!
Where can I find out more about your Covid-19 safety measures at this year’s event?
There are currently no restrictions or limitations put in place by the Scottish Government regarding Covid-19. We ask that you treat others at the event with kindness so if you are not well, please do not come to the event. Thank you and enjoy your time at Blair.
Should the situation change, we aim to update our guidance and safety measures. We require everyone attending the Horse Trials in any capacity to follow Scottish Government guidelines and any additional safety measures we put in place.