Rumoured to be one of the largest gatherings outside of Scotland, Harpenden Highland Gathering will be held again on Sunday 9th July 2017, 10:00am to 5:00pm, at Rothamsted Park Harpenden AL5 2HU.
Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering is a fun family day out with a 'Scottish flavour'. It offers all sorts of Scottish entertainment from four pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and displays as well as solo piping with a bit of traditional highland games thrown in. The heavy games events including 'weight over the bar', 'tossing the caber' and 'putting the stone'.
There are plenty of other things to amuse the children including a funfair, a climbing wall, rugby and golf challenges, the popular Kids’ Circle for younger children, as well as opportunities to make sand art pictures and to use a potters’ wheel, face painting and electric Go-karts.
Everyone can enjoy the charity and commercial stalls and the Crafters’ Marquee selling traditional and handmade items. Especially the ‘Scot’s Corner’ selling Scottish fine food, clothing and crafts. Kilt wearing and clan associations are also in the Scot’s Corner. A major raffle will take place throughout the day. There is of course plenty of food and drink available with beer and cider stalls run by local pubs.
Harpenden Lions Club were set up to offer practical help and assistance to those in Harpenden, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, and beyond. The key charities supported by the Highland Gathering include the Life Skills Programme in local schools. See http://www.harpenden-lions.co.uk/services/schools/ . Combat Stress – A leading UK veterans’ mental health charity. See http://www.combatstress.org.uk/ and Kids in Action – a charity providing sporting and social activities, day trips and holidays for children, young people and young adults with disabilities and special needs . See http://www.kidsinaction.org.uk/