Scotland’s events industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with the shutdown of live events in Scotland since March 2020 having a devastating impact across the sector.
Through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund (SERF), delivered by EventScotland, events were initially able to pivot to online offerings and, in some cases, hybrid events with some in-person elements, as the whole world adapted to a new way of life.
With Covid-19 restrictions having gradually lifted recently and the vaccine rollout continuing to gather pace, there has been an opportunity for a slow but steady return of some events across the summer. Whilst online and hybrid events are likely here to stay, there’s no better feeling than connecting to one another and enjoying the real, human experience that a live event brings.
We caught up with a few event organisers supported through SERF and Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, as well as the Championship Director of the abrdn Scottish Open which is part of Scotland’s annual golf events portfolio, to get their thoughts on returning to a more familiar events landscape, starting with the National Pony Society Spring Show which took place in June.