Aberdeen’s Scottish Day of Days
Held each year at Aberdeen in the Upper Hunter Valley, the annual 18th Aberdeen Highland Games is set down for Saturday 1st July, run in conjunction with the Scottish Australia Heritage Council’s Heritage Week.
The occasion has become the town’s most spectacular event, drawing hundreds of people to the township every year to enjoy the festivities.
Preceding the Saturday event is a Friday night concert at Muswellbrook RSL, where patrons can be entertained by The Hills Pipe Band, one of the sixteen participating bands who come from far and wide to participate.
Nothing creates excitement and grabs the attention of a crowd like the sights and sounds of massed pipe bands as they parade. For many it’s a nostalgic sound, perhaps a reminder of their ancestral home and family’s heritage and an occasion to wear the family tartan.
The Aberdeen Highland Games is held at Jefferson Park on the banks of the Hunter River in beautiful Aberdeen. Access is via the New England Highway, with free car parking provided.
The main events including Band Parade, Massed Band Salute, Highland and Country Dancing, Strong Man and Novelty events will be held on Harrison Oval, with a multitude of stores and stands surrounding the area selling all manner of Scottish heirlooms and souvenirs, clothing and garb, and food and drink to complete your day.