The 2013 Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair, which takes place on Sunday 19th May, will include an even wider range of attractions and events than ever before. Held in the grounds of the historic Gordon Castle Estate in Moray, the event takes place at the beginning of the Scottish tourism season and has become a highlight of the local calendar.
Since the event was revived in 2011, it has grown in popularity with over 7,000 visitors in 2012. The event is a unique combination of a traditional highland games, alongside a country fair that includes a wide choice of stalls, music and different activities for all tastes, making it a fantastic day out for all the family.
Angus Gordon Lennox, owner of Gordon Castle, said, “We were thrilled at the success of our 2012 event and we want to build on that to create a day out that truly has something for everyone. We aim to combine the traditional Highland Games with an impressive line up of other attractions, some of which are a little bit out of the ordinary. Taking place early in the tourism season, the event will provide a boost to the local economy through direct and indirect spend. We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to Gordon Castle in May.”
New for this year is the ‘Concert Corner’, supported by EventScotland as part of its National Events Programme, where live music performances will take place throughout the day from some of Moray and Aberdeenshire’s best young talent. Also included is a second Country Fair arena, linked to the first with a ‘mall’ of stalls, meaning more space for visitors to enjoy their day in a leisurely fashion. There will be more for animal lovers, including a fun dog show where visitors can take part with their own dogs and a parade of Gordon Setters, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Gordon Setter Club of Scotland. The breed is named after the Duke of Gordon who bred the dogs at Gordon Castle in the early nineteenth century.
The Games will feature the full range of traditional heavy events, where some of Scotland and Europe’s strongest men will test their strength. These take place along side other traditional pursuits including a Highland dancing competition, falconry display, Spey casting demonstration and fly fishing competition, archery, clay pigeon shooting as well as solo piping competitions for adults and juniors and massed pipe bands.
A wide selection of local food and crafts will be available, as well as children’s entertainment and a fun fair, with many facilities under cover to ensure a weather-proof day out for the whole family. More catering options have been added this year offering something for all tastes and a licensed bar is available.
Free parking is available from 10.00am with events starting at 11.00am (formal opening ceremony at 11.30am). Events and activities run throughout the day until the close at 5.00pm. Ticket prices on the gate will be: adult £7.50, children under 16 years £2.50, concessions £5.00. Family tickets for two adults and up to three children cost £20. Children under 5 are free. Early-bird ticket prices, offering a 10% discount on gate prices, are available in advance online. Visit http://www.gordoncastle.co.uk for further information.