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Q.   Is this part of Antigonish Games?

A.    No, We are often asked this - Colchester Games belong to Colchester. Antigonish Games have been taking place for almost 150 years.  The Colchester Games are only 3 years old, but they were voted best games in the Maritimes in their inaugural year by the Federation of Scottish Culture!  So come along and find out what makes them special.


Q.   When and where are the Games being held?

A.    The Colchester Highland Games & Gathering is being held at the Jennifer Drive Ballfields in Bible Hill (off Pictou Road) Date to be confirmed


Q.  Can I park at the games site?

A.   Parking at the games site is limited, and attendees with a disability will be given priority for these spaces.  Alternative options are available  nearby including various businesses, the Bible Hill Recreation Grounds & the Bible Hill Fire Station.  Courtesy vehicles are available from the Fire Station to take you to the games if required. 


Q.    What kind of things can I see at the Games, is it just Tossing the caber, Pipe bands and Highland dancing?
A.    No, You will find a whole host of entertainment including Irish Dancing, a tactical assault display, military displays, historical re-enactors, archery, Clan heritage area, craft fair, food trucks, Tug O War,  Scottish Backhold Wrestling, Kids and adult athletics, facepainting, buskers, workshops (including dance, bowmaking, 'Outlander' & Language & Culture) and our famous Live Music Stage with local and international artists.  You will find more information under our Events tab.  


Q.   How do I get tickets for the Games?

A.    Tickets will be available online nearer the date of the games  or you can purchase them at the gate.  Cost $15 for adults,  $10 for children Age 5 - 14 years & seniors 60+.  Children under 5 are free. PLEASE NOTE - At the gate tickets are cash only please.
Q.    I have bought my ticket online what do I need to bring to the event to get in?
A.     Just print out your receipt from eventbrite and bring it with you to the gate marked prepaid tickets to get your wristband. Unfortunately we are not responsible for lost or stolen prepaid tickets
Q.    Can I pay to get in to the games with a credit or debit card?
A.    If pre purchasing a ticket online you may pay by card, unfortunately we do not have the capabilities to take cards at the gate, it is cash only.
Q.    What time do the Games start and end?
A.    Events start at 09.00hrs (9am) and end at approx. 16.00hrs. (4pm)  The live music stage begins at 16.00hrs (4pm) and ends at 19.00hrs (7pm)  The Ceilidh Dance starts at 19.30hrs (7.30pm) and ends at 23.00hrs (11pm)  NOTE: There is an additional cost for the Ceilidh Dance  $15
Q.    Can I leave and return to the Games without having to pay again?
A.   Yes, as long as you still have the wristband on that you are issued with at the gate on initial entry - it is good for the whole day
Q.    Where can I find a timetable of events and will there be programmes at the gate?
A.    Programme of events as it becomes available will be posted on our events page.  On the day there will be a noticeboard with the days events at the gate and at various points throughout the field.
Q.   Can I bring my dog?
A.    Dogs are allowed on a leash only.  Owners are responsible for their dogs behaviour and for cleaning up after them. Dogs are not allowed within the boundaries of the competition field or inside any of the tents.  Any dog causing a disturbance or being a nuisance or seen to be a danger to the general public shall be asked to leave the field.  There will also be some attractions with loud bangs and noises of varying descriptions, if your dog is easily upset by these, please leave your furry friend at home.
Q.    Am I allowed to bring my own food and drink to the Games?
A.    By all means bring a packed lunch though you will find multiple Food vendors  onsite offering a variety of options.  Alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the field.
Q.    I am a competitor and would like to register for a competition.  How do I do that?
A.    Go to our Register tab and click on the competition you are interested in.  All competitions require you to complete an application and sign a waiver.  For some, this can be done on the day. Some competitions carry an entry fee.   Highland dancers must register through Scotdance Canada.
Q.    What do I get if I win a competition?
A.     Prizes range from Freezies for the kids races, to medals, cups and cash prizes for some of the adult competitions. You will find more information regards this on our main page. Unless your prize is issued at the time of the race you will require to be present at the awards ceremony at 4pm.
Q.    I would like to be a vendor, how can I do that and how much does it cost?
A.    You can register to be a vendor on our register page.  You must complete an application and agree to the terms and conditions. There is no fee for your space, just pay the Games entry fee on arrival.  We do not accept Direct Sellers unless your product is of a Celtic, Canadian, Acadian or Mi'kmaq theme, or you are a not for profit or Clan Society.  If you are a corporation wishing to be present to advertise your company please go here
Q.    How many people generally attend the games?
A.    In the last two years since our first games in 2017 we have had approx. 1,500  people through the gate. 
Q.    Do you have to be Scottish or of Scottish descent to go to the Games?
A.    No, you do not have to be Scottish. The Games are open to everyone and anyone of any age, gender or ethnicity.
Q.    Do you have to wear a kilt?
A.    We encourage the wearing of anything tartan to the games, but it is not compulsory. 
Q.    I have a disability, can I still come to the games?
A.    Yes. The field is fairly flat, covered in grass and there is Accessibility parking available onsite.  You must display your disability sticker/plate to gain entry to the parking lot onsite. 
Q.   What if it is raining?
A.   The games will take place rain or shine.  A few of the attractions are under cover.  If the weather is forecast to be of a dangerous nature (hurricane, tornado etc...) then it may be postponed or cancelled.
Q.    Can I purchase commemorative products relating to the Games?
A.     We have a number of products on sale including Colchester Nova Scotia Tartan items and commemorative T shirts. 
Q.    I am travelling a distance to the games, where can I stay?
A.   There are lots of hotels in and around the Truro Area.   
Q.    Do you have other events throughout the year?
A.    We have various fundraising events which take place throughout the year.  We always try to be a bit different and have some great games/quiz nights, bachelor auctions, pamper evenings, paint nights and various demonstrations to name a few. We also have a British Style Christmas Pantomime which takes place in December each year.  To find out what's coming up soon see our events tab
Q.    What do you do with the money you raise from ticket sales, memorabilia and fundraisers?
A.    Most of our funds go towards hiring equipment, great entertainment and competition prizes.  All of our organisers are volunteers.  We also try to support our local community where we can.