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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.


Scottish Dancing

The Highland Dancing contest will take place throughout the day, organised by Coleen Hutchison. 


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

Solo Piping

Enjoy a full day of solo piping performances and appreciate the skill of the players 

Arena Timetable 

(Approx timings.  To be confirmed in early June)


1015 start of piping and dancing contests 

1300 Dixie Band lunchtime performance

          Afternoon contests

1530 Dixie Band afternoon performance

1600 Massed bands finale

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The first Scotland in Colchester event was organised in 1993 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 Borough 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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