24th annual Highland Gathering coming to Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 15:39 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:39 05 July 2019

Wight Hot Pipes.

Wight Hot Pipes.


Residents and visitors have a chance to don their kilts for the 24th annual Highland Gathering in Harpenden.

An on-stage performance during a previous Highland Gathering.  This years event will take place on July 14.An on-stage performance during a previous Highland Gathering. This years event will take place on July 14.

There will be Scottish dancing and music, caber tossing, haggis hurling, archery from Pepperstock Archers, a dog and duck display, tug of war, and a 75ft medieval castle complete with banners, pyrotechnics and mystic smoke.

Actors in period costumes from the Spectacular Knights of the Crusades will recreate A Tale of Richard the Lionheart and The Legend of King Arthur in two 40-minute plays.

Children watching the shows will be invited to become squires, village maidens, the Lady of the Day or Maid Marion and, in the second performance, can pull the sword Excalibur from the stone.

The youngsters can also take part in a fun run, climbing wall, go karting and Last Man Standing challenge.

Haggis hurling.Haggis hurling.

Live music will be playing throughout the day, including from the Redbourn Folk Group and the 100-strong Rock Choir.

There will also be craft, charity, and market stalls as well as food and drink on offer.

One of the regular features, a children's fun fair, will not be at the 2019 event because of construction work in Rothamsted Park to create the new Harpenden Leisure and Cultural centres.

Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.

The event has been organised by the Harpenden Lions Club, whose vice-president Nick Eckford said: "[The building work] was unexpected when we first found out about it, but it has been accommodated. It is temporary, as all building work is, and we accept the fact that it will be there - the builders have to be able to work and we understand that, it isn't a problem."

By the time the event takes place, Nick will be president of the club.

The 2018 Gathering raised nearly £15,000 and the main beneficiaries this year will be Keech Hospice Care and Harpenden Lions' Life Skills programme.

It will take place in Rothamsted Park from 10am to 5pm on July 14. Accompanied children under 16 are free, but admission for adults is by programme - which are £7 on the gate or £4 in advance.

For further details visit www.harplions.com, email info@harplions.com, or call 0345 833 7426.

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