The Highland Gathering 2019 will be held in Rothamsted Park on Sunday 14 July 2019
Charities Supported by the Highland Gathering 2018
- Harpenden Lions Club charities, including the Life Skills Programme in local schools. See Life Skills
- 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. Every year through their 24/7 Hospice at Home service, Family Support services and the range of Day Services at Grove House they give thousands of patients the choice to stay at home, surrounded by their families and friends. http://www.renniegrove.org/
- 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/
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’.
There are plenty of amusements for children including a funfair, 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.
And there were lots of food and drink too with beer and cider stalls run by local pubs.
Adults and children enjoy the charity and commercial stalls and the 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 the Scot’s Corner. A major raffle will take place throughout the day.
That’s not all! Sideshows provide further entertainment and in addition there is a large classic cars and motorbikes display.
Major charities will benefit from the event. 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.
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.