Harpenden Highland Gathering
Rothampsted Park, Harpenden, AL5 2HU
Saturday, 8th July 2018
12-5pm (CaperCeilidh are performing on the main stage between 2-3pm)
The Harpenden Highland Gathering is an annual event taking place this July.
The event is hosted and organised by the Harpenden Lions Club. This is the Harpenden Lions most important fundraising event of the year, with this Event alone raising thousands of pounds for both local and national charities.
This Highland Gathering is believed to be one of the largest outside of Scotland.
The day is a fun filled event for the whole family. During the day visitors will see the pipe and drum bands perform, highland dancers competing, shows on the main stage, as well as the more traditional Highland games events including ‘tossing the caber’ and ‘putting the stone’
Outside of the main arena, there’s lots to keep the younger person entertained including a fun fair, various golfing challenges and face painting!
There are also a number of commercial and charity exhibitors around the arena, offering something for everyone. In Scots corner, exhibitors showcase traditional Scottish foods and wares (well worth the visit!)
Background to the Games
The first local Highland Games is believed to have taken place in 1946, at Beech Hyde Farm, Wheathampstead. From 1950 the games were held in Rothampstead Park, Harpenden. Whilst the Games initially flourished, the late 1950s saw its demise.
The first of the modern games, organised by the Lions took place on 22 June 1996 at Harpenden Rugby Club. The following year, the Games returned to Rothampstead Park, it’s traditional home.
This year we are excited to announce that CaperCeilidh have been invited to perform on the Main Stage between 2-3pm.
For more information please visit the Highland Gathering Website
Highland Gathering 2018 photo gallery –