Following a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Aberdeen’s Highland Games makes a very welcome return to Hazlehead Park on Sunday 19 June 2022. A highlight of the city’s summer calendar, it promises to be a fun-filled day of family entertainment.
The programme includes traditional Scottish Highland Games competitions, pipe band championships and solo piping competitions, as well as a funfair, family entertainment stage performances, free children’s activities and trade and charity stalls along with a beer tent. It will also include entertainment for four-legged friends, with the return of the popular dog activity zone.
The Games will be officially opened by Aberdeen Lord Provost David Cameron and will run from 10am to 5.30pm.
Aberdeen Lord Provost David Cameron said: “We’re looking forward to a fantastic day following the 2-year absence of the Aberdeen Highland Games. The public support from both residents and visitors alike has been incredible for the Highland Games over the years and we hope that both regular and new attendees will again be out in force on what promises to be a fantastic day for the city of Aberdeen.
“The Highland Games are a part of Aberdeen’s heritage, and I am very much looking forward to attending the games for the first time in my role as Lord Provost. I am particularly excited about the return of the Bancon Homes Charity Mascot Challenge and watching some of the mascots compete in their various events for such good causes.”
The Bancon Home Charity Mascot Challenge is returning for its 2nd year, with a number of mascots all eager to win some prize money for their respective charities. Mascots will compete in a series of challenges across 6 fun events including caber toss, a 60-metre sprint and a stage performance.
Fun favourites including Cornerstone’s Baxter Bear, Charlie Dog from Charlie House, Aberdeen Sea Cadet’s Svylla Sea Dog, Aberdeen Sport Village’s ASViL, Splasher from Stonehaven Open Air Pool and Giddy the Gorilla from Aberdeen Trinity Centre will all be taking part.
The games programme also features heavy events, solo piping and pipe band competitions, drum major competitions, track and field events, highland dancing and Scottish weight over the bar championship (725kg).
The FREE activities on offer this year will provide plenty of fun challenges for all ages including giant inflatable obstacle courses, a climbing wall, crazy golf and Laser clay pigeon shooting. In addition there will be face painting, walkabout entertainment as well as shows throughout the day from The Critter Keeper, Techfest and Aberdeen Science Centre.
Tickets are available on the day or can be purchased in advance via our website: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/highlandgames