This year’s Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair on Sunday 17th May 2015 will include a celebration of Scottish food and drink. With investment from VisitScotland, through their events team EventScotland as part of the Year of Food and Drink, it will offer the best in local produce to taste and buy, alongside a wide range of other attractions and fun for all of the family.
Held in the grounds of the historic Gordon Castle Estate on the banks of the River Spey in Moray, the event is a highlight of the calendar, combining a traditional highland games with a country fair that includes music, food, shopping and country pursuits activities. Marking the beginning of the tourism season in the area, it attracts visitors from near and far and has grown in size and popularity every year.
For those who want to indulge themselves in the experience, new for this year is the Gold Ticket which offers exclusive benefits including dedicated parking next to the entrance, access to the hospitality tent with all day light refreshments and soft drinks, a glass of wine and a souvenir brochure.
Angus Gordon Lennox, owner of Gordon Castle, said;
“The Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and our thanks go to EventScotland for helping it to grow. With such a wide-ranging programme including some new star attractions, visitors can be sure of a great day out. Whether your taste is gourmet, sporty, musical, traditional or you just want a little retail therapy, there really is something for everyone. We look forward to welcoming visitors in May for a day of family fun.”
Building on the success of the Food Court that was introduced last year, there will be more food and drink suppliers than ever before offering the finest quality produce for visitors to sample. The impressive AEG professional kitchen will host demonstrations from top chefs and masterclasses that people can take part in. With so many opportunities to buy goodies to take home, the complimentary new ‘Chill and Collect’ service allows shoppers to leave fresh produce they have bought in a chiller while they enjoy the rest of the day at the Games.
The traditional heavy events taking place in the Highland Games Arena in front of the Castle remain a central focus, along with other traditional pursuits including the Highland dancing competition, solo piping and massed pipe bands. In the Country Pursuits Arena, there will be an action-packed programme of entertainment throughout the day including a new falconry and lurcher display, as well as the fun dog show, archery, laser clay shooting, terrier racing and a traditional highland pony display. Back by popular demand, the Mordor Gun Dogs will make a return appearance.
There will be more activities than ever for children, with a children’s icing competition kindly sponsored by Walker’s Shortbread taking place in the Food Court, children’s races, face painting, giant bubbles, a funfair and an inflatable assault course.
The Concert Corner will make a welcome return, located on its dedicated stage in the Rose Garden, with plenty of seating for visitors to relax and enjoy the music. Featuring live performances throughout the day, the line up includes new acts as well as old favourites. Always a great opportunity for shopping, over 100 trade stands will offer a huge selection of crafts, jewellery, plants, gardening equipment and much more.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said:
“The Gordon Castle Highland Games is a wonderful event, steeped in history and which has grown in size and profile over the past few years. For 2015, to celebrate the Year of Food & Drink we are delighted to be supporting a celebration of the best in local and Scottish produce, which will add to the strong offering at the Country Fair.
“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the Games at the Gordon Castle Estate are a fantastic example of how events can drive domestic tourism and economic benefits for a region. Attracting visitors from outside of Moray, we can see the impact on the local economy through event tourism and look forward to seeing thousands of people attending again this year.”
During the earlier part of the 20th century the Gordon Castle Highland Games was a prestigious annual event regularly attracting over 30,000 visitors. The event was re-launched in 2011 and has gone from strength to strength ever since, welcoming around 8,000 visitors last year. EventScotland has supported the event since 2013 as part of its national events programme.
Ticket prices: Adults £9.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (under 14 yrs) £4.00, Under 5s Free. Gold Ticket £29.50. Family tickets (for two adults and three children) £26.00. Discount applies for tickets bought online. For further information visit: www.gordoncastlehighlandgames.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @GordonCastle and like us on Facebook.