THE public is being asked to contribute to a consultation about the planning of this year's Peebles Show.

A drop in session has been organised for Wednesday, January 15 from 6.30pm to 7.30 at the Tontine Hotel, Peebles.

At the drop in session members of the community will be able to discuss the plans to expand the education marquee where cooking and butchery demonstrations will take place and the trade stands highlighting the availability of local food and produce, as well as dairy farming, stock judging rare breeds of sheep and beekeeping.

Displays of vintage and modern tractors, sheep shearing, stick making and more will also be found at the showground later this year.

The usual presentation of sheep, cattle, horses and ponies will also return to the Agricultural Show.

The community is asked to consider plans to improve the accessibility of the site and to upgrade facilities and signage to create a better show experience this year.

Organisers are also asking for the public's input on what other events, demonstrations and activities they'd like to see at this year's show, this includes activities for children.

The Peebles Show session will be followed by a meeting of the Peebles Discussion Society, entitled Time for a Change, at 7.30pm, which all are invited to join.

The meeting will feature talks from Stuart Mitchell from Whitriggs, Hawick and Duncan Mc Conchie, Mossyard, Dumfries, who will speak about how they diversified their farms into a deer venture and an outdoor activity centre.

Those wishing to attend the Peebles Show consultation next week will be able to speak with the committee and share their views.

However, if unable to attend, Finlay Smith from the committee can be contacted via email at