The Highland Gathering 2019 will be held in Rothamsted Park on Sunday 14 July 2019
Charities Supported by the Highland Gathering 2019
- Harpenden Lions Club charities, including the Life Skills Programme in local schools. See Life Skills
- Keech Hospice Care, who provide free, specialist care for adults in Luton and south Bedfordshire, and children from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses. https://www.keech.org.uk/
Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering is a great day out with a ‘Scottish flavour’ offering five pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and displays as well as solo piping. Plus traditional highland games heavy events including ‘weight over the bar’, ‘tossing the caber’ and ‘putting the stone’.
The Children’s Events
The Highland Gathering will provide an opportunity for younger visitors to participate in a One Mile ‘Fun Run’ and a number of sporting activities based on the running track adjacent to the Main Arena. The Fun Run starts at 13:00 hrs and takes the runners out from the arena and along bridle paths to Rothamsted Manor and back to Rothamsted Park. The run is fully marshalled (we have not managed to lose any competitors in previous runs!) and a full safety assessment is conducted beforehand. Whilst the age range is between five and fifteen we are happy to allow younger runners (if accompanied by a parent or guardian) and older runners (for whom the run often turns into a walk). All competitors receive a medal on completion of the event. Following the return to Rothamsted Park of all the Fun Run competitors the Children’s sports events will start. The Cockernhoe School PTA has run these races at the Highland Gathering for many years and ensures that all children compete against others of a similar age. Events include Running, Three-Legged, and Egg & Spoon races and have in the past included Welly Throwing. All children have the opportunity to win stickers and sweets.
Competitors must register their names and pay £1 each at the Sports Gazebo at the end of the Race Track (from 1100 onwards) for entry into both the Fun Run and Sports competition.
The Knights of the Crusades
The Spectacular Knights of the Crusades have been entertaining audiences all round the U.K. for over 40 fabulous years! Against a 75ft wide medieval castle and podiums, featuring medieval banners and costumes with flaming torches, pyrotechnics and mystic smoke, dramatic music, fanfares and sound effects, they re-create two totally fantastic 40 minute epic plays of “A Tale of Richard the Lionheart” and “The Legend of King Arthur“. Dressed in period costumes and armour, they delight audiences of all ages with their heroic fighting and dazzling pageantry, transporting them back to a stunning world of Mythical England with amazing realism. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION is encouraged; Children will be invited to become Squires to the Knights, Village Maidens and a Lady of the Day to become their Maid Marion and within their second show children attempt to pull the Great Sword Excalibur from the Stone!
In one afternoon the Spectacular Knights of the Crusades not only thrill the audience with such weapons as Great Sword, Single-Handed Sword, Quarter-Staff,
Great Axe, Throwing Axe, Dagger, Halbert, Whip and Terrible Flail (Tripple Ball & Chain!) but also supply Epic Music and Sound Effects, Dialogue, Beautiful Coloured Banners and Bunting, Shields and a Maypole, with Audience Participation in Two Thumping Good Stories!
“We are the weavers of dreams upon the open grass. The audience is subjected to the full spectrum of emotion; Thrills, Laughter, Splendour, Excitement, Pride & Passion. We create a world of make-believe with the realism that makes you think that it just might have really happened! We cater for an audience too young to stand to those too old to stand, for we know that they are all young at heart!”
The Dog and Duck Show
The team use trained and untrained sheep dogs to herd ducks, amusing and educating the audience about common dog behaviour issues and about how these can be resolved. The show demonstrates how untrained and poorly behaved dogs still have a programmed natural instinct, giving the audience a new understanding of the Way of the Dog.
Since his childhood on the veldt in South Africa Presenter Warren has only ever wanted to work outdoors with animals. Inspired by joining his Grandfather’s bi-annual migrations to the national parks, he has nurtured an enduring respect for all things wild. He is surprised to find himself finally settled in Norfolk, where the big skies remind him of his other home in Africa. For four years Warren has been helping his friends at the Sheep Show during the summers and has finally reached the dizzy heights of Demonstrator and Presenter for the Sheep Show and Dog and Duck Show!
Wild in the Country Ferret Racing
Wild in the Country is a family run company successfully delivering spectacular ferret racing events to shows and festivals across the whole of the UK. For over 10 years they have been travelling around the country racing ferrets at. Ferret racing provides quirky and lively entertainment, and is led by Malachy de Lacy, an experienced ferret handler. With Malachy’s years of experience to hand, audiences find our show not only greatly entertaining, but educational too. The chatter and quick wit of genial compere, Malachy de Lacy, quickly gathers and holds an audience. His interactive banter both informs and engages the budding throng. Look for the feller in the Trilby hat… … chatting!
Pepperstock Archers – Have a Go
Pepperstock Archers will offer Highland Gathering visitors an opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ at archery. They will offer some basic tuition to help those who have not tried archery before to learn the basics and get the most out of their turn. Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PepperstockArchers
To get a feel for the day click here for video highlights from 2014 showing the piper bands entering the arena and entertaining the large crowds.