Colchester Highland Games & Gathering


SPORTING EVENT (Heavyweights Maritime Championship, Wrestling, Tug O War & Athletics)

but also brings you

DANCE (Irish, Scottish Highland, Mik'maq & Ceilidh)

MUSIC (Pipe Bands, Live Music Stage with Internationally acclaimed artists & local Acts)

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTORS (18th century sword & muskets & modern warfare)



Come Celebrate Your Culture & Heritage


Schedule of events for 2019 now available HERE


September 6th - Opening ceremony

Civic Square, Truro - 6pm


September 7th 2019 - Games & Gathering

Jennifer Dr, Bible Hill - 9am~7pm


September 7th 2019 - Ceilidh Dance Party

Bible Hill Village Hall - 7.30pm - 11pm

Tickets - Cash only at the Gate

or pre order online by clicking the link below


Adults 15 - 60yrs                    ~ $15

Children 5 - 14 years              ~ $10

Seniors over 60 yrs                ~ $10

Ceilidh Dance - Over 19yrs    ~ $15 

Opening Ceremony - Civic Sq  ~  FREE

A traditional highland games...

...with a Twist on tradition

Have a question about the games that is not answered on our FAQ page then contact us here

NEW FOR 2019

'Wife' Carrying Competition


Grab your 'wife', girlfriend, daughter or your best friend and see if you can outlast the best by carrying her/him the full distance.


 The winning couple will take home a Games Medal and the 'wife's' weight in kg as a cash prize.


If you think you have the stamina to take first place and win a place in history register HERE




Amateur Piping Competition

 In 2019 the Games & Gathering are hosting an amateur piping competition.  

It is open to all pipers with pipes of any description.

The competition will be judged by Dougie Wilkinson. A grammy award winning musician, Dougie has been piping for many years and is currently on tour with his band Clann An Drumma.

Apply to enter HERE


We are honoured to have Clann an Drumma  appear at the games for their 3rd year, with 8 albums to their name and a Mel Gibson movie soundtrack under their belts, they are a band not to be missed. 

Open for Buskers/Local Talent


Anyone who lives locally and has a talent that you would like to show off are now invited to set up at the games. 

Pay the admission fee and set up your hat and collect some cash!


Information & application form available HERE



Interested in getting involved with the planning and implementation of our 2019 Games?

email us HERE  fill in the form HERE or see our volunteers page HERE for detailed coordinator job descriptions and positions open.  we are also looking for on the day volunteers.

Drop in Meetings take place at 7pm in the Bible Hill Village Hall, 67 Pictou Road on the last Thursday of every month. (except June)

We will also have two additional meetings in the run up to the games on August 19th and September 3rd.

These meetings are very informal & Everyone is welcome.


Our Games are entirely run by volunteers who fundraise throughout the year in order to pay for services required to continue to make this event the

'Best Games in the Maritimes' 

The games supports local businesses, musicians, athletes, children & more... help us continue to provide this event by attending our fundraisers and the games themselves or by sponsoring one of the Games events.

  We appreciate all contributions no matter how BIG or small.





Release your 'Inner Artist' and create your very own masterpiece

Had fun at paint night then come along and learn the more in depth Paint techniques,  tools, colour mixing  and mediums,  then paint right alongside the artist to create an amazing  work of art. 

For more information click 





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Registration Now Open

Click on the category required below


Vendors - $15 entry to games only - no space fee


 Non Profits - Free entry to games - no space fee


 Clans - Free Entry to games - no space fee


 Buskers - $15 entry to games only - no space fee


Highland Dance - Free entry for competitors only - competition fee applies - medals/cups


Solo Piping - Free entry for competitors - competition fee applies - Prize money/medal


Tug O War - $15 entry to games - Competition fee applies - Prize money/cup


Wife Carrying - $15 entry to games - competition fee applies - Prize money based on wt


Wrestling - Free entry for competitors only - Insurance fee if not registered with WNS - medal


Heavyweights - $15  Entry fee - Cup/medal/Tshirt



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Film company looking to use games for their movie

The Colchester Games has been approached by a film production company requesting that they be allowed to film some of their upcoming movie at the Games & Gathering in 2019!

Discussions are currently underway - stay tuned for more details


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Clann An Drumma Returning 2019


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Our Pantomime was a great success. 

Thank you to all the actors/stage crew/choir and everyone who took the time to volunteer for our stage production.

We would also like to thank all those who bought tickets to this event, we hope to see you in 2019 for our production of CINDERELLA

Marigold Theatre, Truro on December 6th, 7th & 8th 


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Voted Best Games in the Maritimes 2017 by the

Federation of Scottish Culture

Come along and see our 'Twist on Tradition' in 2019



2019 Sponsors

Sponsor Colchesters Highland Games - Reap the Rewards


Would you like to see your name or company's name 

on the side of the Maritime Championship Caber? 

On a banner on our live music stage? 

On some of our athletes or volunteer T shirts?

Get mentioned throughout the day during the games?

Be in our programme?

Be on our field posters?

Featured on our Website?


With over 1500 visitors to our games your name will be out there

Don't miss out on this great opportunity.


For more information on partnering us in our quest to bring the most spectacular event to Colchester County go to the SPONSORS PAGE or contact us HERE



The Colchester Highland Games & Gathering will bring much needed

tourism, business & prestige to our county.  


Alternatively, Please come along and support one of our fundraising Events.