Harpenden Highland Gathering

June 24th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Harpenden Highland Gathering

Harpenden Highland gathering is coming up on 8th July 2018. The Harpenden event is rumoured to be one of the largest gatherings outside of Scotland. You need to buy a programme but if you buy an entry programme in advance it's at a reduced price.  But it is important to remember major charities will benefit from all the funds raised. Last year Combat Stress (http://www.combatstress.org.uk/) and Kids in Action (http://www.kidsinaction.org.uk/) received £5,000 each, along with many local organisations totalling over £17,500. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. 

Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering is a fun family day out in Harpenden with a 'Scottish flavour.’ There will be four pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and dancing displays as well as solo piping. There is still, of course, the traditional Highland games including, 'tossing the caber' and 'putting the stone'.

The rest of the event takes the form of a village funfair, crafters village, food and licenced bars, charity and other stalls. There will be a Crafters’ Marquee selling traditional and handmade items. The ‘Scot’s Corner’ sells Scottish fine food, clothing and crafts. Kilt wearing and clan associations are also in Scot’s Corner. A major raffle will take place throughout the day. And there were lots of food and drink too with beer and cider stalls run by local pubs.

There are plenty of amusements for children including a climbing wall, rugby and golf challenges, the popular Kids’ Circle for younger children, opportunities to make sand art pictures and to use a potters’ wheel, face painting and electric Go-karts. That’s not all! Sideshows provide further entertainment and in addition, there are large classic cars and motorbikes on display.

Charities Supported by the Highland Gathering 2018 will be the Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a charity providing care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families.

http://www.renniegrove.org/  and The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. http://www.ndcs.org.uk/