Dundonald Highland games will take place next month!

The 29th Dundonald Highland Games will take place on Saturday 11 August beneath the picturesque setting of Dundonald Castle. Before the Games Day we have a full week of fun family events not to be missed.

Our Games Week running up to Games Day is always a busy week in the village.

Come along and join us as we kick off Games’ Week here in Dundonald with a fantastic music event at Dundonald Castle on Saturday 4 August 2018! With live music, food, stalls and a licensed bar, this is going to be an amazing family-friendly event.

The confirmed music acts so far include: Lori Smith / Evie O’Hagan Hughes / Catching Fireflies / Michael Crawford / Olivia Campbell / Jemma-Kate / Jamie Clark / Jeremy Levif, with Headliners: Anna Sweeney (Band) & Audioclass. Tickets for this event are £5 per head and under 5’s are FREE! Doors open at 4:30pm.

Tickets can also be purchased from the Visitor Centre or by calling 01563 851489.

Dundonald Castle & Visitors Centre are also hosting their annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic which will take place on Sunday 5th August from 12noon to 2pm! Grab your Teddy Bear and follow The Yellow Brick Road to the Wizard of Oz inspired Teddy Bear's Picnic. Come along for an afternoon of fun with Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Wicked Witch. B

ring your own Picnic or healthy lunch Bear Boxes will be on sale from the Visitor Centre.

Our next event is The Avesta Challenge Cup a Junior 5-a-side Football Competition for children in Primaries 4-7 on Tuesday 7th August kindly sponsored by Avesta Scotland Limited. We are delighted to have the support of South Ayrshire Active Schools Coordinators for this event.

The tournament is played in the Playing Field from 2pm to 4pm. On Tuesday evening we have our popular walking treasure hunt around the village, starting from the Castle at 7pm.

Wednesday is a busy night on the park, we have our Children’s Pet Show, Children’s Fun Run and the Adult 10K to Symington and back (pre-register for 10K in advance at entry central)!

Our last event before Games Day is on Thursday 9 August and is our 16+years Football Competition where the winning team could win £100!

Do not miss all our events, get these dates in your diary!

The highland games will include a pipe band and drum majors contest, highland dancing, heavy events, tug o’ war and side stalls and entertainment.

Our Games will open with a Street Procession at 12 noon which includes the Games Queen, Caitlin Croll, and her Attendants, Brooke Sutterfield and Emma Haddow.

This year will also see Joseph McQuiston, aged 8, lead the Street Procession as Junior Chieftain. As with previous years the highland games will be a truly international affair, with highland dancers flying in from as far afield as Houston, Texas! The organising committee also expect the pipebands to prove as popular as ever and we look forward to meeting them all.

This year in our Events arena we will be welcoming representatives from the Scottish Knights League who will be entertaining the crowds with a full contact medieval display, this is not to be missed!

The event will close in traditional fashion with a Massed Pipe Bands Parade through the village lead by 2018 Chieftain Kenny Easton.

Dundonald Games Society Chairperson, Louise McCartan, said, “We are looking forward to welcoming all our entrants and guests back to this year’s event, which we hope will be fantastic for both competitors and spectators alike. It will be a pleasure to welcome all our pipe bands and highland dancers, especially the internationals who travel from afar to be with us.” Dundonald Highland Games takes place on Saturday 11 August 2018 at Dundonald Castle, and will be attended by South Ayrshire Deputy Provost William Grant at 12 noon.

Entry is free and free car parking and shuttle bus is available all day from Olympic Business Park.

For more information visit www.dundonald-games.org.uk, facebook - Dundonald Games, twitter - @Dundonald_Games or Instagram - Dundonald_games

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