Goldsworthy Reserve in Corio will come to life with the sound of bagpipes, the sight of Scottish dancing and games, the smell of delicious food and lots of family fun when it hosts the 2018 Geelong Highland Gathering on Sunday, March 18.

The event will also host the Victorian Pipe Band Championships for the third time since 2009.  Organisers were happy with the Corio venue last year and hope creating a permanent home at Goldsworthy Reserve will see the Gathering enjoy growing support, especially from 3214 area residents.

The 2018 Gathering will include the South Pacific Heavy Scottish Games Championships, Highland Dancing competitions, Scottish Country dancing, 42nd Highland Regiment and New Varangian Guard historic re-enactment groups and Clan and heritage associations.

It was also feature sword play demonstrations, Scottish-Celtic folk music, whisky tasting, haggis and other Scottish foods and a Scottish Dogs’ show.

The highlight of the day will be the massed pipe bands at the end of the day`s activities. There will also be a Scottish faire market with food, souvenir, clothing and other stalls, as well as free children’s activities.

Financial support by Geelong Major Events and Geelong Connected Communities, as well as in kind support from the Geelong Advertiser Group, is assisting organisers to stage the event.

The 2018 Highland Gathering will be held at Goldsworthy Reserve on Sunday, March 18. It will run from 9am and conclude with a massed pipe bands display at 5pm. Entry is $15 for adults, $10 concession, $8 children 5-16 years, $40 family ticket (two adults, two children) and free for children under five.

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