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Colchester's Lower Castle park is turned into a mini Highland Gathering as pipes and drums from across the south of England play amazing medleys of Scottish tunes as they perform in the arena.   You can admire a range of colourful tartan kilts as they march along, and an authentic Scottish atmosphere is created through the additional presence of Scottish  dancers. And around the field are plenty of entertainments for all ages.


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Scottish Dancing

There will be displays of Highland Dancing at midday and 4pm by students from the Sharon Radcliffe School of Dancing.


Dances include the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance, Sean Truibhs, Hornpipes and other favourites, all performed in traditional dress.   

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Arena Timetable 

(full details in programme)

This year, not ONE but THREE competition arenas are busy all day

On the Hill - Solo Piping with adjudicator Hugh Jamieson

By the Boating Lake - Pipe Quartets and more solos with adjudicator Roger Huth 

Main Arena - Full Band contests, adjudicators Tony Sloane (piping), Mark Wilson (drumming) RSMI Stuart Little (Dress, Marching and Discipline)


1630 Massed bands finale

The first Scotland in Colchester event was organised in 1994 by Lieutenant Colonel Willie Allan on behalf of the London and South East Branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. His aim was to provide a local contest to encourage and develop pipe bands in southern England, and with that in mind his family have donated the Willie Allan Plate as first prize in the Grade Four competition.  Past mayor Colin Sykes has generously donated the Sykes Salver as the first prize for the Grade 4A contest.

Colchester City Council have supported and promoted Pipes in the Park as one of the highlights of their outdoor musical season in Lower Castle Park, a superb setting for this family day out. We are particularly grateful for the continued support of Essex Caledonian Pipe Band plus volunteer stewards from Ipswich Piping Society, other local musicians  and Kelvedon Rotary Club who assist on the day.

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