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Case Study Royal Deeside Speed Festival In the autumn of 2015 Kincardine Estate was approached by the Black Dog Events team to see if it would be possible to hold a Speed Festival. Not being ‘petrol-heads’, the estate team had little idea of what was intended at the outset but they showed interest in learning more. This gave Black Dog Events the confidence to take plans further.

That was the start and some ten months later the outcome was a superb day out with an attendance of around 5,000 visitors – about eight times as many as the estate had handled before. Andrew Bradford of Kincardine pointed out it was quite possibly the biggest gathering at Kincardine O’Neil since King Edward I came through in 1296 with 30,000 men at arms and 5,000 knights.

The work in making this event such success was enormous and divided between various parties. The role of the estate was, as Andrew puts it, like the stage manager – providing the stage upon which the event could be held. Having agreed a plan for the layout of the festival area the first and greatest challenge was where to park an estimated 1,500 cars. With the area around the castle all being on a slope this was quite a challenge but a combination of the estate’s own maintenance staff and outside contractors delivered a workable solution.

Cropping programmes were altered so that parking and display areas were grassed rather than cultivated. Access pathways were prepared and an exciting off-road course was also identified and created. Of course, overarching every facet of the preparation was the Health and Safety Plan.

On the night before the event the organisers held a barbecue at the castle. The heavens opened and about an inch of rain fell in the next two hours. Happily, a marquee sheltered everyone but nonetheless there were some concerns about access the next day.

Fortunately, the next day dawned bright and sunny and remained so all day. Inevitably there were some teething problems for such a big first event. The lessons from this will come in handy for succeeding festivals – for this is going to be an annual event – at least for the foreseeable future.

Hats off to Black Dog Events for putting on a fantastic event, and hats off to Kincardine Estate for their role in helping it happen.
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