Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering Sunday 9th July 2017
Rothamsted Park Harpenden AL5 2HU from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Charities Supported by the Highland Gathering
- Harpenden Lions Club charities, including 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. We treat a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety. See http://www.combatstress.org.uk/
- 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 . It also provides subsidised caravan holidays and provide outreach activities in other areas. See http://www.kidsinaction.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 the The PSP Association (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) and Diabetes Advice and Support Hertfordshire (DASH) received £3,750 each, along with many local organisations totalling over £13,000.
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.